East, West Teams Compete at Smithtown CSD-Hosted Long Island Physics Olympics

Team from East (left) and West (right) compete. thumbnail214738
Team from East (left) and West (right) compete.

High School East was bustling with science activity on Friday despite classes not being in session.

The school hosted the Long Island Physics Olympics, which included five-member teams from East and West as well as from seven other high schools.

The competition included:

• “Physics Bowl” quiz show

• “Fermi Questions,” such as how many drops of water are in the Long Island Sound

• “Laser Light Show,” which required teams to hit two mirrors and then a fixed target with a laser.

• “On the Glidepath,” a paper airplane distance competition

• “Slow Roller,” in which teams determine how long it will take for a faster-rolling object to overtake a slower-rolling object.

The event was organized by the Long Island Physics Teachers Association.

High School East students had particular fun with the physics theme. They wore uniform T-shirts that read: “The trajectory of gas prices,” with an arrow straight up.

Date Added: 3/18/2022