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iPlay America’s 4th Annual Science Fair Returns To iPlay America

posted Mar 9, 2020, 9:59 AM by Barbara Fortunato

Contact: Lauren Mancuso
iPlay America
732-577-8200 ext. 246

Freehold, NJ., (March 6, 2020) – We are proud to announce iPlay America’s 4th Annual Science Fair on Sunday, June 14th in Freehold, New Jersey.

Students will have three to four minutes to present their experiment to a panel of guest judges, while competing for cash and iPlay America prizes. Get your entire school involved, as the school with the most entries will win a night of Free Unlimited Rides on Friday, June 19th from 4 PM – 9 PM.

“We are beyond thrilled to be hosting our 4th annual Science Fair at iPlay America”, says Alexa Spanvill, Special Events Manager for iPlay America. “We’re excited to see the innovative experiments the students will come up with this year!”

Registration is just $25 which includes a 6’ table to display each registrant’s project, an unlimited ride band (a $32.99 value), and a commemorative iPA Science Fair T- Shirt. Science Fair registration is open to all students from 3rd through 12th grade. Age categories are 3rd – 5th grade, 6th – 8th grade, and 9th – 12th grade, and are subject to change based on age and grade of registrants submitted. The winners in each category will be chosen by special guest judges.

The deadline to register is May 4th with limited spaces available.

For more information, visit

About iPlay America

iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun! It’s all indoor, family-friendly themed environment provides guests nearly four acres of outstanding rides, games, and attractions making it the perfect destination for FUN year-round! The Event Center @iPA is home to concerts, corporate events, expos, galas, trade shows, company outings, sporting events, social gatherings, and every kind of party. iPlay America offers guests a mouth-watering selection of Boardwalk style fare, classic American cuisine at Game Time Bar & Grill, and an impressive event catering menu. ALWAYS free to enter, iPlay America’s guests can enjoy exciting attractions like 2-level Laser Tag, Indoor Go-Kart Track, Spinning Coaster and the Sky Trails® High Ropes Course (the largest indoor ropes course in New Jersey). iPlay America is the first family entertainment center in the U.S. to feature Topgolf Swing Suite immersive sports simulator. It’s fun for all ages and golf skill levels with an array of games such as TopContender, TopPressure, Baseball Pitching, Zombie Dodgeball, Hockey Shots, and more. iPlay America is a 2017 winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service. For FUN, fine food, and events of any size, the award winning iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun. iPlay America is located on Route 9 at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold, New Jersey.

Young Women’s Conference at PPPL 3/20/20

posted Mar 3, 2020, 9:23 AM by Barbara Fortunato

If anyone is interested in attending the conference, please talk to Dr. Sharma ASAP.

Clean Tech Competition

posted Mar 3, 2020, 9:15 AM by Barbara Fortunato

2020 Theme: “Reducing Individual Impacts"
Registration Ends April 10!   Papers Due April 12!
Pre-university is a formative time for students as they prepare to go to the next level, and there is no better way to develop skills than through science competitions! Students think and analyze at levels not usually utilized until higher education, putting them ahead of many of their competitors in the application pool! Encourage High Technology High School students to sign up today and help us change the world!
The Clean Tech Competition is the only global clean technology innovation competition for 15-18 year old students. Topics over the past 9 years have tackled everything from clean water and solar energy to food production and pollution, all revolving around a single purpose: to create a greener and sustainable future. This year’s theme is perhaps the most personal and direct, with our categories allowing us to address the breadth of potential situations: whether someone lives with Limited Resources or Abundant Resources, we are fighting for a solution anyone can utilize.

Competition Information
15-18 year old students register in teams of 1-3 students for free on our website, researching a potential solution and testing its effectiveness. They submit a 5-15 page paper that is judged by an international jury of industry professionals, engineers and university professors, from which we will select the top 10 teams per category, and invite them to present a prototype at our Finals in Washington D.C.! We have two $10,000 grand prizes, and each finalist team wins at least $1,000 for their hard work. For this year’s competition students will be able to experience Solar Decathlon, an innovation competition for college students.
Finalist teams are allowed and encouraged to fundraise to cover the costs of travel and lodgings and the Finals include presentations from esteemed guests and other activities both day of and before. Wrapping that all up is our Finals date right before Independence Day in the historic U.S. capital, making the trip well-rounded for all!
Our website below has a wealth of information, including all rules, regulationsimportant datesprizes and more. We have information on all of our past winning projects as well, so you can see many of the innovative ways our past Finalists have researched solutions to the questions we pose!
Please feel free to either email or call me at the information listed below. I would love to help you find a way to enter teams into the only global innovation competition for high school students!
Best regards,
Kevin Sanders
Contact Information
Competition Administrator: Mr. Kevin Sanders          * Email:
( Phone: +1-516-764-0045  : Website:
Facebook & Twitter è @CleanTechComp
“From young minds come fresh solutions”

PhysicsBowl 2020

posted Jan 15, 2020, 5:11 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 5:52 AM ]

Interested in participating in a fun physics contest for prizes, bragging rights, and fun? If so, fill out the form below, and get $6 to me by Monday, February 3rd.  
The AAPT PhysicsBowl contest will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 9:50-10:50 -- A-day 3rd hour (period 2). 

For more info, check out the official website:

Please spread the word!

Don't forget to hit SUBMIT at the bottom!!

Want to be on the US Physics Team?

posted Oct 29, 2019, 6:11 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Nov 15, 2019, 10:44 AM ]

Then you might want to take the qualifying test.  Take it for fame or take it for fun.  Sign up below first and then...
Submit $10/$20 to Mrs. Fortunato by Friday, November 15th.  

Each year, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad.  

F=ma is the first qualifying exam for the US Physics Team.  The F=ma exam focuses on mechanics, including kinematics, statics, Newton’s laws, momentum and energy, oscillations, orbital mechanics, fluids, and elementary data analysis. All problems can be solved without the use of calculus.

Students must be either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) to participate in the F=ma or USAPhO (semi-final) exam.  

The test will be administered TWICE - Thursday, January 23 AND Tuesday, January 28, 2020.  (There will be two different versions obviously!)  I will be administering both tests, and you can choose to take either one or BOTH!  But you have to decide ahead of time which one you will take if you are taking only one.  The options are:

A - Thursday, January 23, 2020 (A-day) 8:45-10:50pm - Hours 2 and 3 (periods 1 and 2) - $10.
B - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (D-day) 12:45-2:50pm - Hours 5 and 6 (periods 6 and 7) - $10.

The F=ma A and F=ma B are designed to cover the same topics and have the same difficulty but will have completely different questions.  You will qualify for the USAPhO if your F=ma exceeds the cutoff score. If you take both F=ma exams, you will qualify if either exceeds the cutoff.

I am collecting $10 for each test (that means $20 if you're taking both).  The registration fee to the AAPT is $8 per student, plus $35 for the school.  So if I get more than 35 registrations, I will return $1 to you on the day of the test.  Both tests will be held in the Media Center (aka library).

For more information and practice exams, visit

Fall Mini Med School at RWJ

posted Aug 28, 2019, 12:19 PM by Barbara Fortunato

Extracurricular opportunity attached...  

Rutgers Summer Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology

posted Feb 6, 2019, 11:04 AM by Barbara Fortunato

From the coordinator at Rutgers:

The Physics Department of Rutgers University is currently accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 9th Annual Summer Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology. In this program, students will learn about the most important fundamental open questions being addressed in physics today. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of research in fundamental particle physics by analyzing actual data from the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland using the analysis tools used by research physicists. In addition, students will get hands-on experience at collecting cosmic ray data and designing and carrying out their own cosmic ray experiments using particle detectors. Participating students will be expected to prepare and give a presentation with a group of fellow students at the conclusion of the program.

Graduates from previous years have highly praised the program and have found it to be of great help in deciding on areas of study in college. Participation in this program also helps to demonstrate a strong interest in science when applying for college admission.

The program will consist of engaging activities, fun demonstrations, interesting guest lecturers, tours of different labs at Rutgers, one special trip, and opportunities to work with other highly motivated students from around New Jersey.

The program will require students to spend about 20 hours on pre-workshop preparation using materials and activities that will be provided.

The program will meet weekdays (Monday through Friday) for two weeks at Rutgers University, Piscataway Campus, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day from Monday, July 8, 2018 to Friday, July 19, 2018.

This program is sponsored by QuarkNet, an organized outreach program of the US high energy physics community, supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Office of High Energy Physics, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. The program is also supported by the Physics Department of Rutgers University.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2019

The program is free for the students

PhysicsBowl 2019!!!

posted Jan 12, 2019, 2:06 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Jan 12, 2019, 2:08 PM ]

Interested in participating in a fun physics contest for prizes, bragging rights, and fun? If so, fill out the form below, and get $6 to me by Monday, February 4th.  
The AAPT PhysicsBowl contest will be held on Monday, April 1st at 12:45-1:45pm -- B-day 5th hour (period 8).

For more info, check out the official website:

Please spread the word!

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Physics conference for HS women and teachers @ TCNJ

posted Nov 26, 2018, 7:36 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 7:39 AM ]

From the organizer:

Hi all,

  The College of New Jersey is very excited to announce that registration is now open for the high school student and teacher session for CUWiP (Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics) 2019.  We hope you will encourage any young women in your classes who show an interest in science in general or physics in particular to consider attending; teachers are also encouraged to join!

Some highlights include workshops for both students and teachers, a networking fair featuring industry firms and academic institutions, a virtual keynote address from the Director-General of CERN, and a research poster session.  The High School session will be held at TCNJ on Jan 19, 2019 from 7:30AM-5PM.  There is NO COST for students or teachers.

For more information and to apply, you and your students may visit and click the link for “High school students and teachers.”  You may reach out to me at this email address with any questions.  Thank you very much, and we hope to see you and your students in January!

AJ Richards

AJ Richards, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

How to get 2 years of college FREE...

posted Oct 21, 2018, 12:27 AM by Barbara Fortunato

TCNJ is looking for juniors and seniors interested in becoming physics teachers. They have several scholarships to offer. If you are genuinely interested in physics, science, and math and like explaining things to your peers, send me an email with your interest in attending an open house at TCNJ on Saturday, November 3rd. 

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