Teen brainiacs to compete in Daytona State College's annual Physics Olympics

Photo for Headline Surfer / All kinds of cool brain teasers in the world of physics will be tackled by teens at Daytona State College in a way that is all fun.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – More than 200 high school students from Volusia and Flagler counties will gather at Daytona State College on Friday, April 7, to compete in the college’s annual Physics Olympics.

This DSC tradition gives students the opportunity to apply the principles of physics they’ve learned in the classroom in competitive, fun and inventive ways. Students will compete in multiple activities testing their knowledge of physics, engineering and mathematics – including bridge building, egg drop, constructing a coat-hook cannon, directing a laser beam around an obstacle (Laser Zap), a paper airplane pentathlon and building a Rube Goldberg machine, to name a few.

Dr. Michael Olson, associate professor with the college’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences, and this year's event organizer, describes the Physics Olympics as "a great opportunity for us to connect with area high school students in a competition that’s designed to strengthen the mind, to demonstrate physics in applied settings and, of course, to have fun.” 

Dr. Michael Olson, associate professor with the college’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences, and this year's event organizer, describes the Physics Olympics as "a great opportunity for us to connect with area high school students in a competition that’s designed to strengthen the mind, to demonstrate physics in applied settings and, of course, to have fun.” 

Activities will run from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the L. Gale Lemerand Center on DSC’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.  With few exceptions, the Physics Olympics at Daytona State has been an annual event for over 20 years, challenging students’ physics knowledge and engineering skills.

For more information, please call 386-506-3808 or email Michael.Olson@DaytonaState.edu.

FAST FACTS: Dr. Michael Olson

Dr. Michael Olson of Daytona State College / Headline Surfer• Associate Professor of Physics and Meteorology at Daytona State College;
• Received PhD in Upper Atmospheric Physics from Utah State University in 2012;
• Earned twin BS degrees in Meteorology & Mathematics from University of Utah in 2008.
 

Rate My Professor comments on DSC's Olson:

"Do well on all the homework and labs. All the homework helps you with the exams. Homework are only multiple-question tests, labs are easy first but get harder. Exams are easy since some of the questions for the homework show up there, but there are also question of explanation. He takes time to grade. He is really helpful and there for you."
-- MET2010 For Credit: Yes; Attendance: Mandatory; Textbook Used: Yes; Would Take Again: N/A; Grade Received: A.
 
"This class was an easy A. There are assignments, labs and quizzes. If you do the work you will pass. He makes it very easy for you. You can take the quizzes twice and earn study guides for the final. The labs are interesting. He provides plenty of material to study and review and even sends extra links and informational things about meteorology."
-- MET2020 For Credit: Yes; Attendance: Mandatory; Textbook Used: No; Would Take Again: Yes; Grade Received: A.
 
"Dr. Olson leads an amazing class. He is very passionate about physics and tries to have a fun example each class. You will not find a better way to take physics!"
-- PHY1054 For Credit: Yes; Attendance: Not Mandatory; Textbook Used: Yes; Would Take Again: Yes; Grade Received: A.
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