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Hartnell College and High Schools Compete in Physics Olympics

April 24th, 2009

On Thursday, April 30, the Hartnell College Physics Department will host its annual Physics Olympics. During this event, physics students from Hartnell College and from several area high schools will compete in five exciting competitions that will stimulate critical thinking skills and test their knowledge of physics.

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to all events.

Three events will run from 9 to 11 a.m.: an egg drop competition in the courtyard area between the two wings of the Classroom Administration Building; a laser bounce competition in room 8 of Merrill Hall; and a building blocks competition in the Rotarium of Merrill Hall, next to the Foucault pendulum.

All participants will take a physics quiz in the early afternoon, and the day will end with the testing of team-built bridges, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Merrill 11.

Prizes will be awarded to students responsible for the winning entries, sponsored by the President’s Office, the Hartnell College Foundation, and the Associated Student Body.

For more information, please contact physics instructor Dr. Brooke Haag, at 831-770-7017, or bhaag@hartnell.edu.