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The Hayes Family Physics Competition

Image of Berwicsk's winning teamsThe Hayes family physics competition has been an annual event at the University of Scranton since 2004. It is an all-day competition where schools in our area send their high school physics students to challenge their engineering and physics problem-solving skills; the day contains five events. 

The events are:

  • An individual quiz.
  • Three labs.
  • A physics relay race.
  • A bonus jeopardy round for the top 3 competitors.
  • The award ceremony.

Schools can send up to 5 teams of 5-8 students per team. Berwick started competing in this competition in 2017. The list of our results in this competition is below. This year we had three teams of 8 compete. Our #1 team consisted of students with 2 or 3 years of physics experience. Our #2 and #3 teams consisted of students that only had physics for the first time this school year. Out of the 17 teams from neighboring schools (such as Scranton Prep, North Pocono, Delaware Valley, Wallenpaupack, etc.. ), Berwick's three teams took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Despite the difficulty of the content and tasks of the day, our teams could not have had more fun.