More than 150 high school students took part in The University of Scranton’s 10th annual Kane Competition for physics and engineering. Students from 15 high schools participated, including Carbondale Area, Delaware Valley, Dunmore, Forest City Regional, Lackawanna Trail, North Pocono, Scranton, West Scranton, Summit Christian Academy, Holy Cross, Scranton Prep, Wyoming Area, Susquehanna, Mid Valley and Hazleton Area. Students competed individually and in teams through a series of hands-on challenges and quizzes.
This year’s challenges included “Mario Balancing Act” through which students helped Mario balance two planks connected by a pulley in order to defeat Donkey Kong and save the princess, and the “Legend of Zelda Ocarina Sound Event” through which students resonated air tubes to help play the “Song of Time” to save Princess Zelda from Ganon.
Recipients of Ingenuity Awards, presented for each event, were given as follows: Legend of Zelda Event: Mid Valley High School; Mario Event: Dunmore High School; Angry Birds Event: Dunmore High School; Pokemon Event: Carbondale Area High School; Kingdom Hearts Mystery Event: Summit Christian Academy; and Written Quiz Team: Delaware Valley High School.
The competition is organized by the University’s Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering with the purpose of encouraging more students to pursue careers in physics and engineering. The Kane Competition is supported by the Joseph Kane Estate, the University’s Financial Aid Office and Physics and Electrical Engineering Department, and students in the University’s physics and electrical engineering program.