by Tori Backstrom
|Beth Vogel, Quinci Scherber, Margaret Antonio, and Tori Backstrom at Yale University.|
New Haven, Connecticut -- Four seniors
from Immaculate Conception Academy got quite a physics lesson last
month, and the team was rewarded for their hard work
placing third in one of the events.
Saturday, October 15, 2011, the high school students from Wakefield,
RI attended the Physics Olympics at Yale University in
New Haven, Connecticut. Physics students and teachers of Yale plan
this event to help high school students learn more about
and enjoy physics.
Participants performed five simple experiments,
35-minutes in length, including constructing duct tape boats, finding the
frequency of tuning forks, and connecting cities on a map.
“The Yale students and teachers definitely achieved their
objective, because now each of us is excited for what
is to come in physics class,” said team member Beth
“We are just beginning our class in
physics this year, and we were told we did not
need specific knowledge in physics to participate,” she said. “But
it certainly would have helped. We were amazed at some
of the physics terms the other kids used! It sounded
like they were speaking another language. By the end of
the day our brains hurt a little, but it was
worth it. It was definitely a surprise for us to
get 3rd place in the ‘On da Road’ event.”
|The ICA team works on solving a physics puzzle.|
The Immaculate Conception team was impressed to see so many
people “extremely impassioned” about physics.
“If they can have
such a love and a passion for science, how much
more can we have a love and a zeal for
the Church, our faith, and ultimately for Christ?” said Tori