Yale Physics Olympics 2011

The latest Yale Physics Olympics, organized by the Yale Department of Physics annually since 1998, took place on campus on Oct. 15.
About 200 students from more than 40 Connecticut and regional schools participated.
Kevin Mathews, Khashab Khashab, Harrison Davis and Chanon Boonyaviroje, all from Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven, attempt to fashion a boat out of duct tape.
Once built, the duct tape boats are slowly filled with sand. The boat that stays afloat the longest wins. Here, Danielle Shubat and a teammate from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, watch as their boat is put to the test.
Connor MacMillan, Daniel Gorelick, Mark Serial, Peter DaSilva from North Kingstown High School in Rhode Island work on a problem.
Carolyn Michener of Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Connecticut, works on a problem that involved using tuning forks and a laser beam to determine differences in frequency.
Peter Parker, professor of physics and astrophysics at Yale, assesses one team's work.
Merideth Frey was among the Yale graduate students volunteering at the event.
Between lab sessions, teams completed exercises that focused on using available data to come up with informed guesses rather than definite answers. From New Milford High School in Connecticut (from left): Johnny Zheng, Annie Mao, Matt Watrous, and Theresa Di Mascio.
Many teams wore identifying shirts or costumes. This group, named "Centripetal", was from Saint Mary Academy in Bayville, Rhode Island. Left to right are: Yueyang Wang, Mia Konert, Danielle Riggin and Kristen Gendron
The members of the "Dark Matter" team from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, preferred to remain anonymous
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High school students from more than 40 schools used duct tape and laser beams in tests of their scientific know-how during this year's Yale Physics Olympics, held Oct. 15