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ASU Physics Students Sponsor Annual Canned Food Drive

November 18, 2010

Angelo State University’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) will conduct its eighth annual “Can Roll” canned food drive to benefit the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank Nov. 22-24 in the first-floor lobby of the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

The hours for this year’s event are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-7 p.m. Nov. 22-23 and 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 24. The public is invited to join the ASU community by donating canned goods and participating in the Can Roll competition. Contestants roll the canned item of their choice down a ramp constructed by physics students. The top long-distance rollers are awarded certificates and prizes, with a grand prize for the longest roll. All participants will receive a small prize.

This year, there are two divisions for the Can Roll competition, Stock and Modified. In the Stock division, cans must be rolled in their original state. In the Modified division, cans may adapted or altered to make them roll farther. However, any cans modified to the point that they are not useful as food items will be disqualified.

While replenishing stores at the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank is the primary goal of the event, SPS students also hope to use the Can Roll as an off-beat science education opportunity. The SPS national organization prompts local chapters to encourage students of all ages to study science, and the Can Roll is an opportunity to learn about many physical principals, including rotational motion, rolling and friction. Local and area K-12 students are encouraged to participate.

The food bank looks forward to the SPS’ annual donation because it brings in many large-sized cans, which experiments indicate are the distance champions. The Can Roll food drive generates about 1,000 pounds of food every year for the food bank.

For more information, call Dr. Toni Sauncy in the ASU Physics Department at 942-2242, ext. 292.