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Physics Competition

Iowa Physics Competition

Medal Winners in Physics Competition

The Physics Competition is a series of 5 competitive events for high school (Grades 9-12) students.  The 2016 State Physics Competition will be held on April 12 (Tuesday) 2016 at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) McLeod Center in Cedar Falls with registration beginning at 8:30 am, events starting at 9:30 am, and the competition ending about noon.

Physics Competition The events for the 2016 competition include the following:

Catapult,

Mouse trap car,

Bridge building,

Soda straw arm, and

Challenge problem

Students will use a variety of everyday, inexpensive materials such as mousetraps, compact discs, rubber bands, toothpicks, straws, etc. to build their devices to accomplish specific tasks (catapult, mouse trap car, toothpick bridge, and soda straw arm); and use existing physics laboratory equipment to determine the mass and uncertainty of an unknown object (challenge problem).  The bridge tester is the testing device that will be used for the toothpick bridge at the state competition.   Click on link for a photograph of the device.

Physics CompetitionThe state competition is hosted by the UNI Physics Department and coordinated by Dr. Larry Escalada (Lawrence.Escalada@uni.edu).  Please feel free to contact Larry if you have any questions about the competition.  Schools must qualify in their AEA regional competition in order to compete in the State Physics Competition.  See the State Competition section of the Rules for details on the school team and event team regional winners who are eligible to compete in the State Competition.  If there is no regional competition in an AEA region, two schools per AEA region may compete at the State Competition.  If there is no regional competition in your AEA, contact your AEA science consultant to let him/her know that you are interested in participating in the State Competition.  You may also want to contact a neighboring AEA to determine if it is possible to compete in their regional competition.  Coordinators for regional competitions must provide a list of their teams that qualify for the State Competition no later than April 8, 2016 to Larry Escalada.  AEA science consultants who do not have regional competitions in their AEA should also provide a list of teams who may participate in the State Competition.   All teams that compete in the State Competition must complete and submit the above registration form to Larry Escalada by Friday, April 8th.  Check payments and cash will be accepted on the day of the competition.  See Registration form for details.

UNI Physics Scholarships and Physics Department Tour

Beginning the Spring of 2016, the UNI Physics Department will be awarding two $1000 scholarships (renewable for the 2nd year) to two high school junior or senior students who have participated in either the 2016 State Physics Competition on April 12th at UNI or the 2016 UNI/AEA 267 Regional Competition on March 24th  at UNI (or another AEA regional) and who will major in physics at UNI.  Students who are eligible to apply for these scholarships must submit an application and letter of reference from their high school physics teacher by April 22, 2016 to Dr. Larry Escalada via email: Lawrence.Escalada@uni.edu or via mail: 215 Begeman Hall, Department of Physics, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0150. 

The UNI Physics Department will be offering a Physics Department Tour/Lunch following the State Physics Competition on April 12, 2016 to the first 40 students and their teachers who submit their State Registration Form and indicate that they would like to be provided a tour of the Department with lunch at no cost and visit with faculty/students about undergraduate Physics programs on the Form.   The tour/lunch will begin about noon following the State Physics Competition.

UNI/AEA 267 Regional Physics CompetitionPhysics Competition

The 2016 UNI/AEA 267 Regional Physics competition is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in the UNIDOME with registration beginning at 8:00 am, events starting at 9:00 am, and the competition ending at about Noon.

 

The UNI/AEA 267 Regional Physics Competition is hosted by the UNI Physics Department and coordinated by Dr. Larry Escalada (Lawrence. Escalada@uni.edu) in collaboration with AEA 267. Please feel free to contact Larry if you have any questions about the UNI / AEA 267 Regional Physics Competition.

All teams that compete in the UNI / AEA 267 Regional Competition must complete and submit the above registration form by Monday, March 21, 2016.  Check payments and cash will be accepted on the day of the competition.  See registration forms for details.