Frequently Asked Questions

Sponsors Ask About Physics Day

Here are answers to some of the questions asked most often by Sponsors and Judges.

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What to do on Physics Day

Who should sponsors and judges contact for instruction on Physics Day?

You should contact Kristen Burns or Stephanie Peterson. You can find them in the Davis Pavilion on Physics Day.

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What time do things happen on Physics Day?

Sponsors with displays to set up and those helping with registration should arrive at 8:00 am. All sponsors and helpers should enter through the north Vendor/Employee lot which opens at 7:30 a.m. to allow sponsors, volunteers and INL/USU staff to get in to set up. The general parking entrance to Lagoon opens to the general public at about 8:30, although you should be able to have the attendant at the gate let you in earlier. The Physics Day Registration table outside the Main Gate will be open for teacher, students and guests at 8:00. The main entrance gates at Lagoon and Physics Day registration in the Davis Pavilion open at about 9:15. The rides will be open from 9:30 to 4:30. Judges should attend the organizational meeting at 9:30 at the judging table near the Davis stage.  Physics Day events are scheduled from 10:30 to 3:30. Here is the current Schedule of Events.

You should be at Lagoon no later than 9:00, but if you arrive after ~9:30, you will need to enter via Guest Service on the north side of the Main Gate to Lagoon to gain entry to Lagoon.  They will issue an entry pass and lunch ticket.

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Where do I park?

All USU/INL staff, judges and sponsors helping set up and run USU Physics Day are to enter through the north Vendor/Employee lot.  The north Vendor/Employee lot will be open at 7:30 a.m. to allow sponsors, volunteers and INL/USU staff to get in to set up. Access this through the employee entrance and security hut at the northwest corner of the Lagoon park along the main frontage road adjacent to the Interstate.

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Is there a parking fee?

EVERYONE except a select few (about 6-8 vehicles by special permission only) MUST park in the graveled area and walk into the park at the North Turnstile.  Parking is free in this area and access to Davis Pavilion is easier than through the Main Gate. Details can be found here.

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How much does it cost to attend Physics Day as a sponsor or a judge?

Sponsors and judges receive a complementary Ride Passport for the day of the event, a free lunch pass, and a coupon redeemable for a FREE PHYSICS DAY T-SHIRT. Entry passes, lunch passes and t-shirt tickets can be picked up at the sponsor registration table outside of Lagoon's Vendor/Employee Gates.  T-shirt tickets can be redeemed on the stage in Davis Pavilion.  Staff/Sponsors/Judges are welcome to bring guests to USU Physics Day at Lagoon.  However, we can only offer free entry passes and lunch tickets to those who are helping run the event. 

Additional family members not helping with events can purchase a discount ticket at the Main Gate the day of the event.  The cost for additional tickets will be a reduced rate of $33.00 with tax from the regular price of $59.78 with tax.  This fee provides admission to Lagoon with unlimited access to Lagoon Rides (Skycoaster, Top Eliminator, Catapult and Double Thunder Raceway are not included with a Ride Passport). Lagoon A Beach Waterpark will not be open on that day.

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Are season passes valid for Physics Day at Lagoon?

Yes. Those with season passes do not need to pay again to gain entrance to Physics Day at Lagoon.

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Where do I enter the park?

All USU/INL staff, judges and sponsors helping set up and run USU Physics Day are to enter through the north Vendor/Employee lot.  The north Vendor/Employee lot will be open at 7:30 a.m. to allow sponsors, volunteers and INL/USU staff to get in to set up. Access this through the employee entrance and security hut at the northwest corner of the Lagoon park along the main frontage road adjacent to the Interstate.

You should be at Lagoon no later than 9:00, but if you arrive after ~9:30, you will need to enter via Guest Service on the north side of the Main Gate to Lagoon to gain entry to Lagoon.  They will issue an entry pass and lunch ticket.

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Where do I get passes for rides and lunch?

Entry passes, lunch passes and t-shirt tickets can be picked up at the sponsor registration table outside of Lagoon's Vendor/Employee Gates. 

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Can I bring family members?

Yes. If they volunteer for half a day to help with Physics Day activities they will receive a complementary Ride Passport for the day of the event, a free lunch pass, and a coupon redeemable for a FREE PHYSICS DAY T-SHIRT. Entry passes, lunch passes and t-shirt tickets can be picked up at the sponsor registration table outside of Lagoon's Vendor/Employee Gates. We must know how many volunteers are coming at least one week prior to Physics Day for planning purposes.

Additional family members not helping with events can purchase a discount ticket at the Main Gate the day of the event.  The cost for additional tickets will be a reduced rate of $33 with tax from the regular price of $57.51 with tax.  This fee provides admission to Lagoon with unlimited access to Lagoon Rides (Skycoaster, Top Eliminator, Catapult and Double Thunder Raceway are not included with a Ride Passport). Lagoon-A-Beach Waterpark will not be open on that day.

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Will Lagoon-A-Beach and the small kiddy rides be open on Physics Day?

No. Lagoon-a-Beach water park and the small kiddy rides will not be open on Physics Day.

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How is the date for Physics Day selected?

Choosing the date for USU Physics Day at Lagoon is a delicate balancing act. Unfortunately, it is simply not possible to accommodate everyone, despite many good reasons. We have found that Fridays are by far the best day of the week to hold the event, especially for those schools that have a long distance to travel to Farmington. It is not possible to hold Physics Day in the Fall, as Lagoon is open to the general public on Fridays. In May, we must wait until after the Advanced Placement Exam schedule has been completed. This is usually satisfied on the third Friday in May. It is also ill advised to have Physics Day any earlier due to the likelihood of cold weather (recall the snow for Physics Day 1995!). Waiting until later in May begins to conflict with schools that complete their school years (particularly schools in Idaho). There are also conflicts with various end of term testing, sports schedules (for example, state track meets), or graduation exercises. Unfortunately, these vary from school to school, district to district, or state tot state. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that these scheduling issues may cause you.

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Information for Sponsors

Who can I contact about becoming a sponsor to Physics Day?

You can contact Kristen Burns at Kris10Burns@cs.com, Stepahnie Peterson at StephdPeterson@gmail.com, or JR Dennison of the USU Physics Department at JR.Dennison@usu.edu.

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Where should sponsor checks be sent?

You can send check made out to the Utah State University Physics Department to JR Dennison.

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For additional information, or questions contact:

JR Dennison
(435) 797-2936
JR.Dennison@usu.edu

Physics Department
4415 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84325-4415

  • Updated 2/28/2014 - Utah State University Physics Department
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