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College students celebrate physics at Howard Elementary School

Courtesy of Brandy Nikaido
UC Merced physics student Laura Miller explains to Howard Elementary School students how quadcopters can be used for research.


Fourteen University of California, Merced, students celebrated National Physics Day at Howard Elementary School this week, demonstrating a quadcopter and why measurements matter in science.


About 40 second-grade students learned the importance of precise and accurate measurements with length, liquid volume, weight and temperature in hands-on classroom activities.


The students from various engineering and science-related professional organizations volunteered as part of UC Merced’s Young Engineer and Scientist (Y.E.S.) Academy, which seeks to nurture enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math in younger students.