The Department of Physics will host the 2014 State of Iowa Physics Competition. Participating high school students qualified at regional competitions and represent the top teams from Area Education Agencies across the state. The competition is a series of five events that stress creativity and ingenuity as well as an understanding of physics-related ideas and is intended to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Events include the catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge building, soda straw arm and challenge problem.
The Zone meeting is open to everyone with an interest in physics. This includes high school science and math teachers, high school students and university and community college students, regardless of declared major. The SPS provides physics students with an opportunity to network with peers and industry and academic professionals.
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.