Joseph Borosky, physics teacher at Carbondale Area High School, recently competed with his team at the Kane Competition at the University of Scranton. Borosky brought five students to this year’s event. This competition is put on by the Physics Department of the university, designed to increase their awareness of the practical applications of physics subject.
The activities included a written test, a pendulum activity called “a hitchhiker’s guide to physics,” a “blast from the past” activity involving parabolic movement of a tennis ball and an activity called “the time is ripe” that involved dropping a melon attached to a bungee cord from the ceiling. The main event was called “back to the future,” in which the students calculated the amount of energy it would take to send movie character Marty McFly back to the future.