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Photo by Matthew Payne
On April 26, volunteers and staff from APS, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the Society of Physics Students (SPS) hosted over 2300 high-school students from the Washington DC area at Six Flags America in the nearby Maryland suburbs. This is an annual event that combines the fun of the amusement park with the opportunity to see how physics plays a role in things like roller coasters. In the photo, SPS volunteer Lori Laughrey from Dickinson College (right) instructs a student on how to operate the accelerometer that she will be wearing on the fearsome Superman: Ride of Steel. SPS is administered by the American Institute of Physics (AIP).