Physics team from Stamford High School awarded silver in competition

The Year 10 team, from left, Meghan O'Keefe, Genny Balmer, Florence Green and Sarah Smith, who came second in the competition
The Year 10 team, from left, Meghan O'Keefe, Genny Balmer, Florence Green and Sarah Smith, who came second in the competition
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A PHYSICS team from Stamford High School showed off their knowledge to finish second in a Midlands school competition.

The group of Year 10 pupils Genny Balmer, Florence Green, Meghan O’Keefe and Sarah Smith claimed the silver trophy at the Extreme Physics event held at Rugby School in Warwickshire earlier this month.

The three day event is run by the Institute of Physics and hopes to encourage pupils to study physics in the future and saw the girls take part in a number of physics challenges, including building timing devices, developing coding systems and modelling the solar system.

They also gave a presentation to explain a physics principle, attended lectures on a number of topics delivered by experts, and took a trip to Airkix in Milton Keynes to learn about the physics of terminal velocity in the indoor skydiving facility.

Physics teacher Anne Wenban said “All four girls performed well and contributed to the team’s success. They won rosettes for their physics knowledge and achievement as well as for creativity and teamwork. Sarah Smith won particular recognition for her detailed journal which included lecture notes as well as her responses to written challenges and problems. Congratulations to all four girls on their success.”