Bright sparks have been exercising their brains and winning awards in the British Physics Olympiad
Anton Esmail-Yakas has won a silver award in the second round of the competition which puts him in the top 150 physicists in the country. Other students did well with Michael Polack being given a bronze award and Martha Hilton being commended for her performance.
Head of Physics Mr Martin said the students had to sit a gruelling exam as part of the challenge. “This is a country wide competition for the best physics students from colleges and sixth forms,” he explained “even getting to the second round is impressive let alone getting a silver award,” he added.
The Olympiad competition is designed to stretch and challenge the top young physicists in the country. This year’s final will take place in Estonia and the UK team will be the top performers in the fourth round of the competition. Teams from more than 80 countries are expected to take part in the final.
The first International Physics Olympiad took place in Warsaw (Poland) in 1967 and subsequent competitions have taken place in a different country each year. The UK has hosted in 1986 and again in 2000.