Winning formula for science students

THIS quartet proved a force to be reckoned with during a national science competition. The Year 10 students were crowned overall champions of the Extreme Physics Challenge, staged in Cumbria.

Hodgson Academy’s team – made up of Jordan Stultz, Katherine Garth, Amy Catterall and Flint Hamilton-Cooper – beat off stiff competition from 12 other high schools. The teams were set a series of intense physics challenges throughout three days of competition, which included:

·  Producing a mechanism, using various laboratory equipment, for a one minute timer
·  Designing and launching paper rockets
·  Building trebuchets from scratch, followed by a competition to judge which fired the furthest
·  Researching and delivering a presentation on Newton’s Law of Inertia

Assistant Lead Teacher of Science Miss Patel is extremely proud of the team achieving first place in the challenge. She said: “The students were extremely dedicated and absolutely amazing. Some of the challenges went up to A level Physics, but this did not phase them.”

The event was staged during the Easter holidays at Dallam School in Milnthorpe. It was organised by The Ogden Trust, which runs projects and programmes aimed at promoting physics education in the UK.

Jordan Stultz said Hodgson’s win was “unexpected”. He added: “There were some really good science students in the other teams. All of the events were really challenging and quite physical as they entailed a lot of running around.”