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."
The Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition for high school students. 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. The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences is providing lunch and information about programs for participating students and teachers. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition on April 17 at the McLeod Center.
Leo Rodriguez, Department of Physics, Grinnell College, will present Black Holes and Quantum Gravity.
Paul Shand, department of physics, will present “Magnetic Nano-things.” An object is said to be “nanoscale” if one or more of its linear dimensions is less than 100 nanometers. Examples of nanoscale structures include films, nanoclusters, nanoparticles, nanocrystals and nanotubes. Shand will discuss the physics and applications of magnetism at the nanoscale. Technologies based upon nanoscale magnetism will be discussed as well as current research in magnetic nanostructures at UNI.
"Get Prepared for the Future" will be presented by Dr. Guang Jin, Global Manufacturing Engineering Manager at John Deere Waterloo Works.
A brief introduction to quantum information will be presented by Dr. Kishor T. Kapale, associate professor of physics at Western Illinois University.
Dr. Eric Shields, Sandia National Laboratory, will present "Improving Imagery from Remote Sensing Optical Systems."
Student presentations from Summer 2012 Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Mini-sumo robotics open competition