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., Tuesday, March 28, at the McLeod Center on the UNI 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 encourages creativity, ingenuity and an 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 physics laboratory equipment to determine the time and uncertainty for an event. 

The regional winners and runner-ups will advance to the state competition hosted by the UNI Department of Physics on Tuesday, April 11, in the McLeod Center.

For more information about the competition, contact Larry Escalada, professor in the Department of Physics, at 319-273-2431 or


Larry Escalada, professor, Department of Physics, 319-273-2431,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,