St Peter's School
140 budding young scientists from schools across the north of England have been competing at the eleventh annual Physics Olympics.
Hosted at St Peter’s School in York, the contest brings together Year 8 children from 35 different state and independent schools for a day full of fun and thought-provoking tasks designed to challenge and inspire the scientists of the future.
Pupils made use of the school’s extensive facilities to take on challenges involved constructing skyscraping towers, engineering solar-powered boats and completing the mind-boggling Fermi quiz, which poses questions such as ‘How many £5 notes does it take to cover the surface of the Earth?’
The winners of the six challenges over the course of the day were: The Grammar School at Leeds, Bradford Grammar School, Millthorpe School, Cundall Manor School, St Olave’s School and The Holy Family Catholic High School, respectively. However, having placed in the top ten for each of the challenges, King’s School Chester emerged as this year’s gold medallists, with Cundall Manor School finishing second, and Bradford Grammar School third.
David Morris, Head of Science at St Peter’s School, said: “It was fantastic to once again welcome such a variety of schools from across the region; to finish the tasks required focused teamwork and the pupils were suitably challenged throughout the day. Everyone competed with enthusiasm and it was a pleasure to see so many budding young physicists rising to the challenges and enjoying themselves along the way; they are a credit to their teachers and schools."
The schools represented at the competition were: All Saints Roman Catholic School, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Ashville College, Barlby High School, Bootham School, Bradford Grammar School, Cundall Manor School, Gateways School, The Grammar School at Leeds, Harrogate Ladies College, Hipperholme Grammar School, The Holy Family Catholic High School, Hymers College, Joseph Rowntree School, King’s School Chester, Manchester High School for Girls, Manor Church of England Academy, Millthorpe School, Minster School, Ockbrook School, Pocklington School, Polam Hall School, Queen Ethelberga’s College, Queen Margaret’s School, Scarborough College, St Aidan’s Church of England High School, Withington Girls’ School, Yarm School and York High School.
The event is sponsored by the Ogden Trust, the Institute of Physics, the Rotary Club of York Vikings, Nestle and Taylors of Harrogate.