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Second at State

May 03, 2013
The Washington High School physics team, which is made up of of 18 students and physics teacher Jeff Richard, took second place overall at the state competition last weekend. Students competed in six different categories. Those categories included: a soda straw arm which had to hold a 50-gram mass out from a table without falling for 10 seconds; a toothpick bridge challenge in which the weight of the bridge couldn’t be over 30 grams; a mouse trap car which stopped without going over the length of the line; a catapult using a pingpong ball which could fire at a target seven meters away; a challenge problem which for this year’s competition had students build an apparatus with the equipment they were given; and the recycling project. The recycling project had a sorting machine that students turned on and it would sort recyclable materials such as cardboard, pop cans, and water bottles.

The Washington High School physics team, which is made up of of 18 students and physics teacher Jeff Richard, took second place overall at the state competition last weekend. Students competed in six different categories. Those categories included: a soda straw arm which had to hold a 50-gram mass out from a table without falling for 10 seconds; a toothpick bridge challenge in which the weight of the bridge couldn’t be over 30 grams; a mouse trap car which stopped without going over the length of the line; a catapult using a pingpong ball which could fire at a target seven meters away; a challenge problem which for this year’s competition had students build an apparatus with the equipment they were given; and the recycling project. The recycling project had a sorting machine that students turned on and it would sort recyclable materials such as cardboard, pop cans, and water bottles.

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