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Pupils are challenged by Extreme Physics Competition

 extreme physics During the Easter Holidays, pupils from Stamford High School and Stamford School took part in three days of Extreme Physics held at Rugby School. The Extreme Physics events are organised by the Institute of Physics and are designed to stimulate interest and enthusiasm in the subject. The competition involved eleven different schools from around the Midlands. Stamford High School was represented this year by Nazneen Birdi, Rhianna Harrison, Emma Noble and Anita Woolf. The Stamford School team comprised Benjamin Bell, James Zhang, Thomas Waddington-Seymour and Rory Russell.

The contest comprises a series of challenges. Firstly, the participants were asked to design and build a device capable of timing exactly one minute. Then they devised and tested a method for establishing the mass of an object, suitable for use in space where there is no gravity. They also experienced first-hand the physics of terminal velocity at a nearby indoor skydiving facility.

In addition, the teams were able to attend lectures from visiting experts. They heard about the cutting edge of new research in Particle Physics from Professor Fred Loebinger of Manchester University and had an inspiring talk about the wide range of differing careers that a Physics degree can lead to from David Wilkinson of the Institute of Physics.

All teams faced the final challenge of producing and delivering a presentation on a famous scientist. The Stamford School team were asked to research Planck and the High School team were allocated Lenz and both teams tackled the demanding Physics involved with great assurance.

The girls’ team were thrilled to bring home a substantial piece of silverware as they clinched third place in the tightly fought competition. On the boys’ team Rory Russell produced an outstanding journal. He was praised for his research skills in particular and was awarded second prize out of a total of 44 students.

Physics teacher at Stamford High School, Anne Wenban, said: “Over and above these academic successes we were delighted when our students were praised for their spirit of cooperation and their positive approach.”