Pupils from over thirty schools across the North of England will test their Physics mettle this week in the annual Physics Olympics at St Peter’s School, York.
The event, now in its sixth year, aims to pitch the best young physicists from the region against each other in a series of challenging scientific puzzles. These range from constructing rockets to building stable towers from paper.
The pupils, all in Year 8 (aged 12 and 13), need to work as a team to complete the tasks, and they are 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 six years and continues to grow, with 33 teams coming from as far afield as Chester, Nottingham and Newcastle. The pupils have a fun day, and in true Olympic spirit, there is also an element of competition.
“We are really looking forward to meeting pupils and staff from schools across the region.”
Schools attending from the York area include Huntington School, Joseph Rowntree School, Fulford School, Manor School, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Burnholme Community College, Minster School, Bootham School and Canon Lee School.
This event has been kindly sponsored by The Ogden Trust, Taylors of Harrogate, Nestle, the Institute of Physics and the Rotary Club of York Vikings.