Regional physics competition to take place at UNI

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 24, at the UNI-Dome on UNI's campus.

High school students from more than 12 area schools are expected to participate, including: Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, East Buchanan, Grinnell, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, St. Ansgar, Tripoli, Waterloo and Waverly.

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).

Students will use a variety of everyday, inexpensive materials to build devices. The devices will perform specific physical tasks, while using existing physics laboratory equipment to determine the time and uncertainty for an event. 

The regional winners and runners-up will advance to the state competition hosted by UNI's Department of Physics on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the McLeod Center.

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, physics professor, at 319-273-2431 or


Larry Escalada, physics professor, 319-273-2431,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,