Once again the West Branch physics students competed well at the annual Youngstown State physics Olympics held in the Beeghley center of the YSU campus. The team finished in 2nd place out of 18 schools, and was narrowly edged out of the top spot by Hickory High School from Pennsylvania.
The competition is comprised of 12 events that test the student’s creativity and knowledge in the realm of physics and engineering. Examples would be creating a rubber band propelled floating device that will fit into a 4 inch diameter PVC pipe and travel 1.5 meters for time. Amanda Hawk and Laura Dickerhoof’s floater traveled the distance in 1.6 seconds for 4th place. Amanda and Laura also competed in the egg drop which requires creating a device out of typing paper and scotch tape that will protect an egg when dropped from approximately 2 stories high. They used close to ½ sheet of paper, with a mass of only 4.35 grams; their egg survived the trip to the floor, much to the excitement and anticipation of everyone, to capture first place in this challenging event. Jack Ramsey and Ben Siglow built a rubber band propelled plane to compete in the two categories for the flying machines. They captured first place after their plane stayed airborne for over 28 seconds, and placed well in the accuracy part of the competition when aiming for a target on the gym floor. Matt Unkefer and Danny Mitchell’s mousetrap racer traveled over 87 feet for second place. McKenzie Shivers creative poster on magnetism finished in 4th place. Dylan Gleason finished in 1st place with his ping pong catapult that scored 440 points out of a perfect score of 450. David Phillis, Jacqui Porter and Levi Beck created musical instruments to use in the music competition. They used a man-made xylophone, bass drum and tambourine to play the song “The William Tell Overture”. They also were quizzed by a YSU physics professor and a reprehensive from the Dana School of Music in the competition. They finished in 5th place. Students also competed in a physics test, and mystery topic quiz, and the “Fermi” quiz during the day. Congratulations WB students!