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Idaho State University Society of Physics Students awarded grant from American Institute of Physics to involve Fort Hall, Blackfoot elementary school students

Posted January 17, 2012

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been awarded a grant from the American Institute of Physics to involve students at Fort Hall Elementary and the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School in the 4th Annual Punkn' Chuck and Egg Launch competition in October.

All funds will go towards purchasing materials the students will use to design and construct catapults to fling raw eggs, and to cover team entrance fees for the competition.

"This will give dozens of kids the opportunity to participate in fun, hands-on science and engineering," said Steve Shropshire, ISU physics professor and faculty adviser for the Society of Physics Students.

 The students at Fort Hall Elementary and the Blackfoot Sixth Grade school will compete against other elementary schools in Southeast Idaho for trophies and bragging rights.

Southeast Idaho high schools and colleges and universities in Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming will be invited to compete with catapults designed to fling pumpkins. 

The Punkn' Chuck and Egg Launch competition will be open to the public, and spectators will be admitted free of charge.  The entrance fee for competitors will be $20 per catapult.  Location and the specific date and times for the competition have yet to be determined. 

For more information about the competition, contact Steve Shropshire at shrostev@isu.edu, or 282-2212.

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