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Students Invited to Explore the Worlds on March 6

Explore the worlds event at Penn State York
Kip Trout, a physicist at Penn State York, explains the law of conservation of angular momentum to a local student during the campus's annual 'Explore the Worlds' event.
3/12/2010 —

High school and middle school students from the York area headed to Penn State York on Saturday, March 6 to Explore the Worlds of Engineering, Science, and Information Sciences and Technology.  The free program offers students the opportunity to participate in  a variety of hands-on workshops,  lead by Penn State York faculty members, designed to introduce them to science, engineering, and information sciences and technology.

The day included five student workshops: “Be a Crime Scene Investigator” with Robert Farrell, associate professor of biology; “Phun with Physics” with Kip Trout, senior instructor in physics; and “Lego Mindstorm Robotics” with Michael Marcus, associate professor of engineering;  “How Strong is Your Bridge?” with Chuck Gaston, assistant professor of engineering and “Spinning the Web” with Robert Bartell, instructor in information sciences and technology and Adam Chlan, Web analyst/designer.  In addition, a series of workshops for parents about choosing a college and paying for college were also offered throughout the day.

Following  Explore the Worlds, the bridge building competition  sponsored by the Lincoln Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for Professional Engineers took place.  The annual event offers  high school students a chance to construct a bridge and then test it to see how strong it is.   Bridges are constructed prior to the event and brought to the competition for testing. 

Scott Mokris, a home schooled student from York, was the first place winner with his 20-gram bridge that held 56 pounds. Colton Crockett, a student at Spring Grove High School, took second place with his 28.6-gram bridge that held 70 pounds. Spencer Miller, another student from Spring Grove High School, took third place for his 18.1-gram bridge that held 41 pounds. In addition to a trophy and other prizes, the first-place winner also won a certificate for a 3-credit course at Penn State York.

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