Area High School Students to Compete at Kane Competition

Mar 12, 2009

It will be smoke and mirrors on Thursday, April 2, when The University of Scranton hosts the sixth annual Kane Competition in the Byron Complex on campus. Students from six local high schools will participate in the annual physics competition, which is organized by the university's Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. Its purpose is to encourage more students to pursue careers in physics and engineering.

In this year's main event, "Smoke and Mirrors," students will navigate a laser beam through multiple targets by placing moveable mirrors on the floor of the Byron Complex gymnasium. The goal will be to pass through or around as many obstacles as possible, ending the course by hitting a target.

Teams from Forest City, Old Forge, Scranton, Honesdale Area, Wyoming Area and Delaware Valley high schools are expected to compete.

Student will compete individually and in teams of six to seven students to complete assignments designed, constructed and supervised by members of The University of Scranton's Physics Club. The team with the highest overall score receives the Kane Cup, a trophy that stays at the winning school for the entire year. The cup is brought back to the competition the following year. Additionally, the individual winner of the "Kane Quiz" competition receives a $2,000 scholarship to The University of Scranton.

During the contest, students also have the opportunity interact with their peers, as well as faculty and students from The University of Scranton.

The Kane Competition is supported by the Joseph Kane Estate, The University of Scranton's Financial Aid Office, the university's Physics and Electrical Engineering Department, and students in the university's physics and electrical engineering program.

For more information on the Kane Competition, contact Jeremy Sepinsky, lecturer in physics/electrical engineering at The University of Scranton, at (570) 941-6582, or

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