St Peter's 13-18
Lower Sixth pupil Kevin Xu has been awarded a place on the prestigious Cambridge Senior Physics Challenge summer school this year.
The Senior Physics Challenge is for year 12 students at school / college in the UK. It has run for several years at the University of Cambridge and has now been incorporated into the online learning platform Isaac Physics.
Kevin won his place on the summer school in recognition of his commitment and ability in problem-solving on Isaac Physics. To secure his place, Kevin set himself the target of answering around 1,000 incredibly challenging physics questions online, which he has completed over the last 12 months.
With only 30-40 places available on the summer school each year, Kevin has proved himself to be one of the best young physicists in the country.
Andy Parr, Physics Teacher at St Peter’s School, said: “In the Physics department, we are extremely proud of Kevin’s achievements. Kevin is a superb physicist who has worked incredibly hard to gain a place on the summer school. He has also taken part in lots of challenging competitions, achieving Golds in all the Olympiad competitions that are run by Oxford University.
“For the best part of a year, Kevin has been working on the Cambridge University Isaac Physics online questions. With true Peterite spirit, Kevin set himself a very high goal and everybody that knows Kevin will be so pleased for him that he got in!”
Jeremy Walker, Head Master of St Peter’s School, said: “I am delighted and very proud of Kevin’s achievement. He is an excellent pupil and I am sure will be an asset on the course and gain a great deal from the experience.”
During the summer school, which will be delivered online this year, Kevin will benefit from workshops on advanced problem solving in Quantum Mechanics, a series of online lectures and the opportunity to meet fellow participants.
Kevin said: “I have enjoyed the challenging problem-solving in Isaac Physics this academic year. The practice has helped me to consolidate my A-level concepts and has given me a glimpse into the first year of the Physics course at Cambridge University. I really appreciate the support from Mr Parr and the Physics Department, who have helped me with my summer school application.”