Once again the West Branch physics students competed well at the annual Youngstown State physics Olympics held in the Beegley center of the YSU campus. The team finished in 3rd place out of 16 schools. It was the 10th time in the last 11 years the Warriors have finished as one of the top 3 schools.
The competition is comprised of 12 events that test the students’ creativity and knowledge in the realm of physics and engineering. One of the events was creating a rubber band propelled floating device that will fit into a 4 inch diameter PVC pipe and travel a timed 1.5 meters. Drake Lohnes and Olivia Render’s floater traveled the distance in 1.3 seconds and won 3rd place. Ben Shoemaker, Jaymes Porter, and Logan Jarvis built a rubber band propelled plane to compete in the two categories for the Flying Machines. They captured first place in the duration category when their plane stayed in the air for over 30 seconds. Hanna Morelli and Valerie Weingart’s mousetrap racer traveled over 61 feet to capture 5th place. Sarah Pigza, Shayna Jarvis and Valarie Weingart created musical instruments to use in the Music Competition. They used a manmade xylophone and drum set to play the song “We got the Beat”. They also were quizzed by a YSU physics professor and a representative from the Dana School of Music in the competition. In the “mystery problem challenge”, which students have no idea what YSU will ask them, Jake Ross and Clayton Hoperich finished in 3rd place by calculating the weight of the pivot point of a cylinder, and completing calculations with different gravitational constants. Kasey Davis’ poster on the LHC, Large Hadron Collider, finished as one of the top posters in the competition. Once again, the Warriors did well in water heating with mechanical energy. J.P. Overly and Drake Lohnes finished in 4th place with their machine. In the bridge building competition where students build a bridge with 1/8 x 1/8 balsa wood, Matt Edie and Jerry Sanor’s bridge held over 48 pounds to earn points for the team. And after much angst, worry, and staying up until midnight the night before to perfect the project, Leila Katabi’s effort in the Ping Pong Catapult helped to secure the overall third place finish for the Warriors to close out the day.