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The Kutztown University Physics Club also serves as our Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), a national organization.

Spring 2014:

The 8th Annual KU Cantalobber will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014!

Click HERE for the Official Rules

Click HERE to Register On-line (FREE!)

There are two Cantalobber divisions:
Mechanical: Includes trebuchets, catapults, slingshots, etc.
Pneumatic: Includes all machines that use compressed air ("air cannons", etc.)

Fall 2012:

Back for the week of Halloween (30 October 2012 through 5 November 2012) were the Laser Light Shows! Feature presentations included Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall", "Laser Beatles", "Laser Zeppelin", "Laser Metallica", and a Halloween Special "Fright Light". Tickets were only $3.00 each and proceeds benefit the KU Physics Club and KU Planetarium.

Summer 2012:

The KU Physics Club taught hundreds of regional cub scouts the basics of astronomical observing with telescopes during the Minsi Trails Council JAMBO event on 18-19 May 2012. By day, club members helped the scouts earn their Astronomy Belt Loop, and by night they operated the on-campus telescope as thousands of visitors had the opportunity to observe the planets Venus and Saturn.

Spring 2012:

In Spring 2012, we continued developing our laser project. We're building laser projection devices that will respond to audio input, which we intend to install in the Planetarium for use by students and the KU community.

We hosted the annual Cantalobber contest, which brought several schools, universities, and other groups together in a contest to launch a cantaloupe the farthest distance. (This is our own version of the "Punkin Chunkin" contest.) The Lehigh University Physics Group's air cannon won 1st place in the pneumatic devision, and they also set a new record with a distance of 1509 feet! The Kutztown High School's "Stomach Virus" trebuchet won 1st place in the mechanical devision.

The Physics Club also participated in the 2012 Centraleastern Regional Science Olympiad by judging the "Magnetic Levitation" competition. During this competition, students from regional middle and high schools construcited self-propelled magnetically levitated vehicles and anwered questions about the physics involved. The Science Olimpiad took place on the KU campus during Spring Break, on Wednesday, 14 March 2012.

Fall 2011:

In November 2011, the Physics Club presented laser light shows in KU's Planetarium. They featured music by Pink Floyd (The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon), The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, U2, and Metallica.

Casey Quenzel has a good friend who works at the Plasma Physics Lab in Princeton, NJ, and he gave us a Saturday morning tour of the facility in October 2011.

In Fall 2011, we began work on our own laser projection devices, and we also made some ferrofluids and built a large electromagnet to manipulate them.