Lagoon becomes park-sized physics lab for future scientists

Posted at 5:50 PM, May 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-18 19:50:54-04

FARMINGTON – More than 7,000 students from four states headed to Lagoon Friday for some educational fun.

Aspiring scientists came from Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming to participate in the Utah State University Physics Day.

Students rode rides, using smart phone apps to measure acceleration.

“Amusement part activities with a physics twist, so there are a lot of contests going on,” said Dick Andrews, Vice President of Marketing for Lagoon.

Students took the traditional egg drop to a new level as they tried to drop an egg onto a target from Lagoon’s Sky Ride without breaking.

“Inside the egg packaging, we have multi-colored sponges and we’re going to cover the whole thing in duct tape. The point of it is to keep the egg from breaking as it hits the ground,” said Alissa McFaddin, a student.

Junior high and high school students were able to present ideas for future thrill rides, and scholarships were awarded to participants. Since its start in 1990, the program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships.