Physics Olympics 2013

St Peter's School

Physics Olympics 2013

20/06/2013

Pupils from thirty five schools across the North of England tested their Physics mettle yesterday in the annual Physics Olympics at St Peter’s.

The event, now in its seventh year, aims to pitch the best young physicists from the region against each other in a series of challenging scientific puzzles. These ranged from constructing accurate catapults to building solar powered boats and towers made of Lego bricks.

The pupils, all in Year 8 (aged 12 and 13), needed to work as a team to complete the tasks, and they were introduced to some new and challenging physics ideas.

David Morris, Head of Physics at St Peter’s and organiser of the event, said:  “The competition has been running for seven years and continues to grow, with 35 teams coming from as far afield as Chester, Nottingham and Newcastle. The pupils had a fun day, and in true Olympic spirit, there was also an element of competition."

The competition victors were King’s School, Chester. Second place was Minster School from York and third place was Beverley Grammar.

Schools attending from the York area included Joseph Rowntree School, Fulford School, Manor School, Archbishop Holgate’s, All Saints, Burnholme Community College, Minster School, Bootham School and Canon Lee School, as well as St Olave’s.

This event was kindly sponsored by The Ogden Trust, Taylors of Harrogate, Nestle, the Institute of Physics and the Rotary Club of York Vikings.

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