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Physics Olympics 2016

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Physics Olympics 2016

St Olave's pupils at the Physics Olympics

140 pupils from across York and the north of England have travelled to St Peter’s School for an annual physics competition.

The competition, now in its tenth year, brings together teams of Year 8 children who compete across a variety of challenges including a Fermi estimates quiz, constructing the highest tower to hold the greatest load and building the fastest solar powered boat.

The stand out team on the day was King James’ School Knaresborough who won an incredible four out of six of the events to run away as gold medallists, with King’s School, Chester, second and St Olave’s School third. 

Awards presentation

Thirty five schools were represented at the event ranging from Newcastle to Chester. These included: Manchester High School for Girls, Beverley Grammar School, St Aidan’s Church of England High School, The Holy Family Catholic High School, Withington Girls’ School, King James’ School, The Grammar School at Leeds, Harrogate Ladies’ College, Pocklington School, Scarborough College, Yarm School, Gateways School, Huntington School, Joseph Rowntree School, Minster School, Barlby High School, Hull Collegiate School, Royal Grammar School Newcastle, Durham High School for Girls, King’s School Chester, St Olave’s School, Ashville College, St Martin’s Ampleforth, Barnard Castle School, Queen Margaret’s School, Canon Lee School, Polam Hall School, Fulford School, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, Selby High School, Bedale High School, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Cundall Manor School, Bradford Grammar School, and Pudsey Grangefield School.

St Olave's finish third

David Morris, Head of Science at St Peter’s School, said: “It was fantastic to celebrate a decade of the Physics Olympics with so many schools from across the region – seeing how passionate the children are about physics and the effort they put into the challenges is inspiring. All the pupils entered fully into the spirit of the day and were a credit to their teachers and schools.”

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

Click here to see more photos from the event.