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CEDAR FALLS - The University of Northern Iowa department of physics hosted the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Olympics Wednesday in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

Student teams used their understanding of physics to design and construct devices or setups within required specifications, according to State Physics Olympics coordinator Larry Escalada. Their creations performed specific tasks in events such as the self-propelled catapult, mouse-trap car, water-heater, optical slalom and a challenge problem.

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The two teams with the highest total scores from all five events qualified for the state competition. The UNI physics department will host that competition April 13 at the McLeod Center.

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