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Physics competition gets students excited about science

190 students from 15 high schools take part

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - High school students from more than a dozen area districts put their science skills to the test Tuesday.

The University of Scranton hosted the Hayes Family Science Competition.

A total of 190 high school students from 15 school districts took part in the competition.

The goal is to get more kids interested in a career in the sciences.

The Byron Recreation Center at the University of Scranton was filled with high school students hard at work Tuesday afternoon.

Broken into teams by high school, the students took part in a number of different competitions.

"I think it was extremely challenging but it's definitely really cool seeing everything we've learned so far this year coming together in one big competition," Mid Valley senior Sarah Johnson said.

The highlight of the day for many teams was when they got to see if their calculations were correct.

Those groups with the right answers got to dunk their teacher.

"Taking the day out of school and getting to do what we really like to do in physics, it was really fun," Mid Valley senior Madelaine Pegula said.

Later in the day, some of the students also got to take part in a Jeopardy-style game testing their knowledge from the classroom.

"Our goal is to get kids excited about engineering and physics but really STEM fields in general," Hayes Competition administrator Nicholas Truncale said.

It seemed to work.

Many of the kids who took part in the competition say they're excited to go into jobs focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

"I want to be a chemical engineer so of course physics is going to help a little bit with that!" Mid Valley senior Richard Chowanec said.

At the end of the day, a team from Wallenpaupack Area High School took first place in the team competition. They were followed by one of the teams from Berwick and Scranton Prep.

Tuesday's competition wasn't just for bragging rights.

Several students walked away with cash prizes and one student, Charles Kulick of Scranton Prep, got a $1,500 scholarship to attend the University of Scranton.

 


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