A group of Physicians gave a very good account of themselves at a recent annual schools’ competition.
Damisola Animashaun, Isabel Bateson, Juan Rajagopal, and Niamh Smith represented Rydal Penrhos at the annual King’s School Chester Year 9 Physics Olympiad, which took place on Tuesday, May 8.
The quartet worked hard with Physics teacher Matthew Hubert to hone their skills in the lead-up to the competition, and this reflected with a strong overall performance that saw them place no lower than 15th out of 26 teams in any category.
The five practical based sections of the event featured a rocket launching competition, designing a mini-speed boat, a time-sensitive measurement task to rank the densities of various material, a video game coding maze, and an uphill Lego tractor pull.
Working together as a unit, the foursome achieved their highest practical competition ranking for the day of ninth.
Another prominent feature during the day was the all-important Fermi Quiz, which estimates of dimensions or numbers are made in order to answer the interesting questions in the form of a power of ten.
This year’s team was able to continue the strong tradition Rydal Penrhos has in recent years and placed second in the quiz and eighth overall as a result of their efforts.
There was an additional success for Mr Hubert, who was part of the teacher team that emerged victorious from their competition.
Mr Hubert, said: “Congratulations go to the four pupils who achieved an impressive eighth place out of the 26 teams to conclude an enjoyable and successful day representing the school, putting their knowledge of physics to use, and testing the limits of their creativity and intuition.
“Each pupil worked well in all events showing teamwork, ingenuity, confidence, and enthusiasm.”