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Physics Olympics catapults learning at UNI


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Physics students from area high schools got the chance to prove their smarts at UNI's physics olympics in Cedar Falls.

Competitors were challenged Wednesday on what they're learning in the classroom by applying basic concepts at several different stations.

The five events included the mouse trap car, a self-propelled catapult, a water heater, an optical slalom, as well as a challenge problem.

Organizers say every year they are impressed with the students and how they continue to push the envelope in design and problem solving.

"Their ingenuity, their creativity, their enthusiasm, all of that impresses me when they compete in this competition," associate professor of physics Larry Escalada said.

The winners of Wednesday's events will go on to compete at the state competition in April.  That event will also be held at UNI.

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