Larry Escalada, UNI assistant professor of physics and science education, 319-273-2431
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics hosted the UNI/Area Education Agency-7 Regional Physics Olympics in the UNI-Dome Thursday, March 6.
Overall school team winners (teams who competed in all events) included Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville (Roger Hahn, instructor), first place; and Jesup High School in Jesup (Larry Thomas, instructor), second place.
Individual event first-place team winners were: Self Propelled Catapult - Don Bosco High School, Gilbertville, (Roger Hahn, instructor); Bridge Building - Denver High School, Denver, (Jen DuBois, instructor); Mousetrap Car - Columbus High School, Waterloo, (Dan Kuchera, instructor); and, both Soda-Straw Arm and Student-Powered Water Heater - Sumner High School, Sumner, (Linda Wright, instructor).
The overall school team winners, Don Bosco and Jesup High Schools, along with the event team winners from Denver, Columbus and Sumner High Schools, will go on to the state competition at Drake University in Des Moines on April 9.
Approximately 250 high school and middle school/junior high students participated in the event from Waterloo, Dike, New Hartford, Jesup, Traer, Gilbertville, Gladbrook, Reinbeck, Dunkerton, Nashua, Plainfield, La Porte City, Dysart, Winthrop, Fairbank, Readlyn, Janesville, Sumner, and other nearby towns.
According to Larry Escalada, UNI assistant professor of physics and science education, and the event coordinator, the competition, in addition to community outreach, helps 'convey that applying physics principles to the real-world can be fun for all.'