The physics of fun

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19 May 2014

For one day each spring, thousands of high school physics students from the Mid-Atlantic region descend on Six Flags America in Bowie, MD, and its gut-wrenching, free-falling, thrilling rides with their worksheets and calculators. On May 2, staff from AIP, AAPT, and APS, and volunteers from SPS chapters as close as George Washington University and as far as Penn State were there to bring even more physics to the day. Through accelerometer stations that enabled students to map their acceleration on different rides, egg drop and roller coaster contests, and the chance to walk on stilts and explore other hands-on activities, staff and volunteers interacted with hundreds of high school attendees. SPS staff members also enjoyed interacting with teachers and handing out special gift bags to encourage them and their students.