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“Phone Book Friction” tests high school students in physics at U of S

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — More than 200 area high school students got a hands-on lesson in physics by trying to pull apart phone books.
 
Students from 16 local schools took part, Wednesday, in the University of Scranton’s Kane Competition.
 
One of the challenges called “Phone Book Friction” tested students’ knowledge of physics and engineering.
 
The goal was to see if two interlaced phone books could be pulled apart by any means.
 
The goal of the event is to spark student interest in engineering careers.  University of Scranton Sophomore Physics major Christian Anderson said, “What we’re trying to do here is to get kids more into a hands-on thing because when you’re in school you’re looking at math, you’re looking at tests, you’re looking at paper… more theoretical stuff where here you see behind me they’re working together as teams. They’re working with their hands.” 
 
Holy Cross High School Senior Matt Marsh participated in the competition and said, “I want to go to school to be a civil engineer. So, I like this program a lot. I think it’s a great way to actually show everyone that science could be fun.”
 
It’s the 13th year that the University of Scranton held the annual physics and engineering competition.

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