Physics Olympics 2008

St Peter's School

Physics Olympics 2008

21 schools from across York and the region took part in the 2nd Physics Olympics at St Peter’s School.

Each of the schools brought a team of four 13 year old pupils and they took part in a series of Physics related ‘games/exercises’. These were timed and competitive with each team amassing points across the day. The teams were all named after famous physicists from Archimedes to Volta and the games reflect real life issues – aerodynamics, tall buildings, bridge strength.

The 2008 event was made more exciting as BBC Radio York came and interviewed pupils and science staff and then broadcast a 20 minute piece on the event on the same day – they even tried out the Fermi Quiz on its listeners!

Click on the link on the right hand side to view photos of the event.

Overall winners:

Gold     Ashvillege College
Siliver     Manor CE School York
Bronze     Leeds Grammar School Girls

Heat winners:

Fermi Quiz
Burnholme Community College York
Blowing in the Wind     Scarborough College
Duck & Dive
Bramcote School
Leeds Grammar School Boys
Ready Steady Roll
Leeds Grammar School Girls
The Sky’s The Limit
Fulford School York

The event was made possible thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of the Institute of Physics, The York Vikings Rotary Club and local industry.

St Peter’s School Physics Olympics 2008

This was the second time that we had staged this competition for year 8 pupils and I am pleased to be able to report that again it was a great success. The number of schools entering teams went up from 15 to 21 with 8 different schools winning prizes on the day. The event consisted of six individual egg race style exercises including building a bridge from straws to support a box of cream eggs, finding the density of a plastic duck, constructing a sail for a boat and designing a marble run with the additional problem of including circuits to make lights flash and buzzers sound. Again we received very generous sponsorship from the Institute of Physics and local industry and this year the Rotary Club of York Vikings kindly supported us by funding the drinks bottles that each participant took home with them as a memento of the day. The overall event winners were Ashville College, Harrogate with Manor C E School, York in second place. This year’s event was made more exciting as BBC Radio York came and interviewed pupils and science staff and then broadcast a twenty minute piece, even trying out the Fermi Quiz on its listeners. My thanks go to all of my colleagues and sixth formers who helped out on the day and support staff without whom the event would not have been possible.

I hope that the competition will continue to grow next year with a ceiling of 30 teams and perhaps Yorkshire TV will pay us a visit.