Physics Olympics 2018

Over 100 budding physicists from across the north of England have been putting their skills to the test at the twelfth annual Physics Olympics at St Peter’s.

27 state and independent schools brought teams to this year’s event, which sees Year 8 pupils take part in fun and unusual scientific experiments, to inspire them to think creatively and work as team.

Challenges included building and racing miniature boats, constructing a tower capable of holding a light at the top, and engineering a sloping maze through which a ball could pass as slowly as possible.

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Above: The St Olave's team share ideas in the temperature challenge.

The winners of the five individual challenges were, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Bootham School, Pocklington School, Scarborough College, and St Aidan’s CofE High School, respectively. 

Beverley Grammar School took home the David Morris plate after coming out on top in the Fermi Quiz, which poses hypothetical questions, such as how long it would take to walk around the moon, or how many footballs could fit inside the Memorial Hall.

The final trophy, though, went to St Aidan’s, as they performed the best across all the tasks set.

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Above: This year's champions, St Aidan's CofE High School.

Andy Parr, who hosted the event, said; “Everybody who has taken part in this year’s Physics Olympics has been a real credit to their school. Not only did we see some brilliant scientific minds at work, we’ve seen tremendous enthusiasm and teamwork and everyone can be justly proud of how they have performed in their tasks. My thanks go to all the staff and pupils who have helped out today, especially those who have come from farther afield, and particular congratulations must go to St Aidan’s for showing great consistency and initiative throughout the day.”

The schools competing in this year's Physics Olympics were: Archbishop Holgate's School, Ashville College, Barnard Castle School, Beverley Grammar School, Bootham School, Bradford Grammar School, Cundall Manor School, Fulford School, Gateways School, The Grammar School at Leeds, Harrogate Ladies' College, Huntington School, Joseph Rowntree School, King James School, Manchester High School for Girls, Manor CofE Academy, Minster School, The Mount School, Outwood Academy, Pocklington School, Queen Ethelburga's, Queen Margaret's School, Royal Grammar School Newcastle, Scarborough College, St Aidan's Church of England High School, St Olave's School and Yarm School.