Nearly 9,000 high school and middle school students, MESA program elementary students, along with their teachers, converged on Davis County’s über-playground for a day of science learning, competition and gut-churning fun. Physics Day participants, representing nearly 200 schools, traveled from throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Arizona for the Intermountain West’s largest and longest-running STEM event.
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Lagoon partnered with USU to coordinate the event, which is supported by a network of university, public and private sponsors.
Dennison estimates some 150,000 aspiring scientists have participated in Physics Day since its 1990 inception.
“What better physics lab to entice kids than an amusement park,” he says.USU’s 2016 Physics Day at Lagoon was, once again, a successful day of handson science fun. Its organizers, including USU physics professor J.R. Dennison, who was a founder of the gathering 27 years ago, have the spring event down to…yep, a science.