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Above: The St Olave’s team fine tune their vehicle for one of the challenges.

Over 100 young physicists from across the north of England came to St Peter’s School this week to take part in the 13th annual Physics Olympiad.

The contest brought together pupils from 28 state and independent schools for a day of puzzling and thought-provoking tasks, designed to inspire the next generation of scientists.

The tasks included designing a crumple zone for a car, constructing a tower to support as much weight as possible and building a vehicle that would jump the furthest. Alongside these tasks pupils took part in the Fermi quiz which challenges pupils to answer questions such as ‘How many blades of grass are there on a cricket pitch?’.

The winners of these challenges were: Pocklington School, Hymers College, Bradford Grammar School, Bootham School, Manchester High School for Girls and Beverley Grammar School. However, with consistently great scores throughout the challenges, the Grammar School at Leeds were the overall winners, followed by Ashville College in second place and Beverley Grammar in a close third.

Physics Olympics 2019 Winners GSALAbove: This year's winners, Grammar School at Leeds.

Andy Parr, Head of Science Outreach and host of the event, said; “Once again the Physics Olympics has been an incredible success. Seeing how passionate the children are about physics and the effort they put into the challenges is truly inspiring. Every pupil who has taken part in this year’s Physics Olympics has been a real credit to their teachers and to their schools. My thanks go to all the staff and pupils for coming to take part this year.”

The 28 schools that competed in this year's Physics Olympics were: Archbishop Holgate's School, Ashville College, Barnard Castle School, Beverley Grammar School, Bootham School, Bradford Grammar School, Fulneck School, Gateways School, The Grammar School at Leeds, The Grange School, Harrogate Ladies' College, Huntington School, The Holy Family Catholic High School, Hymers College, Joseph Rowntree School, King’s School Chester, King James School, Manchester High School for Girls, Manor CofE Academy, The Minster School, Pocklington School, Queen Ethelburga's, Queen Margaret's School, Scarborough College, Selby High School, St Aidan's CofE High School, St Olave's School and Yarm School.

This year’s event was sponsored by Taylors of Harrogate, Institute of Physics, Nestle and the Rotary Club of York Vikings.