Department of Physics

Regional physics competition at UNI


Larry Escalada, professor, physics and science education, 319-273-2431,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 27, in the McLeod Center. Schools within the AEA 267 region will participate in the competition.

The competition is a series of five physics events for high school students in grades 9 through 12. The event stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as an understanding of physics-related principles. It is intended to stimulate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related skills. Events include the catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm and a challenge problem. Regional winners and runners-up advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition on Thursday, April 17, in the McLeod Center.

For additional information, contact Larry Escalada, professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or