It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
No, it’s just a flying grapefruit!

It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
No, it’s just a flying grapefruit!
Henderson State Univeristy’s Society of Physics students hosted the Physics Olympics Thursday. This event hosted 140 high school students participating in 34 teams from the Arkadelphia and Bismarck area.
Students competed in the catapult contest, a solar oven build, and an egg drop contest. These three events put the student’s knowledge and skills to the test.
The idea for the event was hatched when physics major Matthew Taber expressed how much he enjoyed the subject when he was in high school.
As a former student who participated in the Physics Olympics years ago, Taber said he is thrilled to now have the opportunity to influence other students with the same passion he has.
He also said he hopes that in the years to come we can see a growth in events like this in the community.
“I find no greater joy than seeing these young minds expand as competition pushes the limits of their ingenuity,” said Taber.
From there the SPS students applied for the Marsh White Award, a monetary award given by the National SPS office to support campus and community outreach projects.
“Now we are able to see this event come to life,” said Shannon Clardy, SPS faculty advisor.
Fellow SPS member and physics major Josh Jasper said helping with the planning and organization of the event was an amazing experience.
“Our two main goals are to spark interest in Physics and STEM in general, and to ensure students have a fun, educational, and safe time throughout the entire process,” said Jasper.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is an educational program that prepares primary and secondary students for college and graduate studies in these fields.