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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A group of Canfield High School senior physics students created a Barbie mobile to display at the school’s annual Mobile Mania on Nov. 2.


Canfield High School senior physics student Sam Accordino and his group created a mobile titled "Candyland," on which they balanced bundles of candy canes, to display at the school’s annual Mobile Mania on Nov. 2. Students could also guess how many candies were in a variety of tubs on the display and the closest guess won the candy.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior physics student Smaranda Solomon displayed her Head to Head mobile featuring ‘heads’ of scientists during the school’s annual Mobile Mania on Nov. 2.


In addition to voting in local elections in November, Canfield High School students, faculty, staff and parents had the opportunity to vote in the school’s annual Mobile Mania on Nov. 2.

The contest took place under the direction of CHS Physics teacher Stephen Hlaudy in the Physics Lab, with more than 1,000 votes cast for the mobiles. Senior Physics students participate in the contest.

“Students must build a mobile that freely hangs from the ceiling and has both translational and rotational equilibrium. That’s a fancy physics way of saying it is balanced,” Hlaudy said

The mobile entries must have a recognizable theme and proof page illustrating the mathematic quality of work. They also must have three rods and five objects which are balanced.

The mobiles receive votes in the following categories: prettiest mobile, ugliest mobile, best balanced mobile, funniest mobile, most creative theme and Best of Show.

Mobile themes this years included, “Star Wars,” “Elf,” Barbie, Snowmen, Balanced Breakfast, Pokemon and Candyland.

The event is participated in by two physics classes with 56 students divided into groups of two or three, with 19 groups competing with 25 mobiles.

“Some students choose to make two mobiles. They make their first one and then some want to make another one for fun,” Hlaudy said.

Mobile Mania is the third of eight events for senior students in Hlaudy’s Physics Olympics.

“For the Physics Olympics, we have eight events throughout the semester. Mobile Mania is the third event. The top five winners in the Mobile Mania voting get points which go toward their totals for the Physics Olympics. The winners of Physics Olympics get their names put on the Physics Legends wall in my classroom, joining winners from years past,” Hlaudy said.

According to Hlaudy, the physics students look forward to the Mobile Mania and work hard to win the event.

“The event has grown considerably over the years. This is the 23rd year for Mobile Mania. After starting as a lab activity two decades ago, it has become something that both students and staff look forward to each year. Kids in physics go all out, trying to earn enough votes to win the event,” Hlaudy said.

Senior physics student Smaranda Solomon said she and her partner wanted to do something different, so they created a mobile titled Head to Head.

“My partner and I chose to make a mobile with ‘heads’ of important scientists. Each has a prop which identifies with the scientist. For example, Bill Nye always wears bow ties, so we included a bow tie by his ‘head.’ We even included Mr. Hlaudy and other Canfield science teachers. And we have the option for students to vote for their favorite scientist on our mobile,” Solomon said.

Hlaudy said Mobile Mania has become a tradition at Canfield High School.

“Mobile Mania has become a really cool tradition. Many students take the class just to do this. Mobile Mania has become a rite of passage. It is part of the experience of Canfield High School,” Hlaudy said.

Winners for the Fall 2017 Canfield High School Mobile Mania were: Prettiest Mobile - Snowmen; Ugliest Mobile - Shoes; Funniest Mobile- Migos; Best Balanced Mobile- Pool Table; Most Creative Mobile - Balanced Breakfast Boys and Best of Show first place - Snowmen, second place - X-Box, third place - Balanced Breakfast Boys, fourth place - Star Wars and fifth place - Candyland.

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