Physics Olympiad

Two groups of Year 9 students entered the Physics competition held at Stockton 6th Form in July. The brief was a 10-minute presentation on any current topic in the world of Physics. With the upcoming trip to CERN in November, one group decided to research what a particle accelerator was, and built a demonstration model powered by static electricity. The other group discovered they had all had x-rays taken and so were curious to find out how these were made in hospital.

Both groups worked on their presentations in their own time, and practiced their presentations in front of each other and staff from the science department. This was very valuable and built the confidence of both teams.

On the day the presentations went brilliantly, though the humidity in the sixth form building affected the demonstration particle accelerator. Staff from the college asked questions which were answered well and both teams were commended for their work and bravery for including jokes in their presentations. One team even wrote and included a rap about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  This was an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their work and we are very proud of their achievements.

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