Pupils take up challenge of ‘extreme physics’ contest

From left, Harris Brunning, 15, Kai Chan, 15, and Alex Bennett, 14
From left, Harris Brunning, 15, Kai Chan, 15, and Alex Bennett, 14
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Pupils from two schools took part in an extreme physics competition.

The teenagers from Stamford High School and Uppingham Community College took part in the annual competition, which was held at Rugby School during the Easter holidays.

The aim of the competition is to inspire Year 10 pupils from across the East Midlands to study physics beyond GCSE level.

It is organised by Rugby School and the Institute of Physics and sponsored by the Ogden Trust.

A team of four boys Alex Bennett, Harris Brunning, Kai Chan and Angus Nichols represented Uppingham while Jasmine Farrow, Katy Lumb, Colette Russell and Maddy Young competed on behalf of Stamford High School.

The contest comprises a series of challenges. Firstly, the participants were asked to design and build a device capable of timing exactly one minute. They also 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.

All the pupils picked up prizes for achievement and had a great time.