Science Students Go For Gold At Physics Olympics
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Our Year 9 students put their scientific know-how to the test in a ‘Physics Olympics’ competition, coming away with one of the top prizes!
The team competed as one of 32 schools from around the North West, as they spent the day at Bolton School to pit their wits against several challenges.
Students were asked to design and build a boat that could hold as many marbles as possible, and build a rocket to launch and land on a target. They were also tasked with a mechanical challenge involving the use of electricity and building a tower of dry spaghetti to hold a weight.
The group did brilliantly in all of the challenges and came third in the rocket task, however they truly excelled in a round called the Fermi Quiz (named after the famous nuclear physicist), which involved them using their estimating skills and standard form to answer a series of questions. After achieving the highest score, they came away with the gold medal.
Science Teacher Mr Cox, who organised the trip, said: “The standard of competition was exceptionally high and our students can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.
“To come first in one of the challenges and third in another is a phenomenal achievement, and confirms what we already knew - we truly have some talented young scientists attending Stockport Academy!”