Dr. Timothy Gay, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present a lecture titled "Why Isn't God Ambidextrous?" Gay will discuss the idea of nature being "handed," and apply that handedness concept to agriculture, biology, chemistry and physics. He will also discuss new physics experiments on chirality that may reveal how life began on Earth.
Dr. Gay is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is as well known for his groundbreaking research on atomic collisions and polarized electrons as he is for his entertaining expositions on the physics of football.
The Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition. High school students from Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Fairbank, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Janesville, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Traer, Tripoli, Waterloo and other area schools are expected to participate.
The Physics Competition is a series of five competitive physics events for high school students in grades 9-12. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Events include: catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm, and challenge problem. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition held on April 17, 2014, at the McLeod Center.
Mark A. McDermott, Classroom Connections, ACT, Inc., Iowa City, will present "Science Education Journey from ACT to ACT."
Dr. Peter Behroozi, Giacconi Postdortoral Fellow, Space Telescop Science Institute will present, "From the First to the Last: The Entire Star Formation History of the Universe."
What is it? A camp where students will build and study the physics of a life-size Mario Kart: a go kart that uses a real Wii remote to control just about everything.
What will you learn? Students will learn about Physical Computing – the use of computers (in this case an Arduino microprocessor and Motion Capture Video) to interact with the physical world. Programming, Electronics, Engineering and Motion will all be explored.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Ages: High School (entering 9-12 grades)
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the construction, design and programming of the LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots. Through a series of hands on training missions, students will learn how to navigate their robot using light, distance and touch sensors to solve increasingly complex problems. The week will end with teams of students competing in a STEM-based competition similar to what they might experience competing in a FIRST LEGO League. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch except on Thursday.
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. daily
Ages: 10-14 years
Main Camp Objectives:
- Mechanical construction:
- Complete construction of a functioning mini-sumo robot. These are autonomous vehicles, designed each to push an opponent off of a 30" circular arena.
- Computer programming (IsoMax Forth language) permitted and encouraged, but not required.
- All necessary code for effective functioning of the sumo will be provided.
- Students with a special interest in code often make significant contributions to the camp through code development and exploration.
The camp culminates with a public mini-sumo robot competition, to which parents are invited.
Ages: Rising eighth grade through rising high school juniors
Cost: $345. Add about $200 for the residential option
The Physics Competition (formerly known as Physics Olympics) is a series of six competitive physics events for high school students in grades 9-12. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events include: self-propelled catapult, mousetrap car, bridge building, soda straw arm, challenge problem and material recovery facility (MRF). The MRF is sponsored by the Iowa Recycling Association.
Christopher Stark, Ph.D., Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow will present "Finding the Needle in the Haystack: How Exozodiacal Dust May Obscure Images of Extrasolar Earth-like Planets."