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York Viking Rotary Sponsors the Physics Olympics at St Peter’s School

York Viking Rotary is delighted to announce that we were the proud sponsors of this year’s Physics Olympics, an event that has continued to inspire and challenge young minds for over a decade and a half.

The day was highlighted with interesting lab exercises, a fascinating Fermi quiz, and the highly anticipated Grand Cup competition.

The Physics Olympics, which are in their 16th year, have grown to be a beacon for aspiring scientists, encouraging children to discover and use physics abilities they had no idea they possessed.

Another indication of the event’s expanding significance is the fact that more than 25 schools joined our Year 8 students for a day of challenges and fellowship.

Mark Edwards, St Peter’s Head of Science (& Physics), reflected on the day, saying: “Both our pupils and teams from visiting schools are doing advanced Physics together, which isn’t an ordinary part of their curriculum. It’s a great day out for all and a chance to engage in real teamwork through problem-solving. At the end of the day, they all realise they can do it.”

Andy Parr, St Peter’s Head of Science Outreach, further echoed this sentiment by encouraging pupils to “have fun whilst picking up extra Physics skills.” He emphasized the friendly competition that characterizes the event, and the wonderful sense of achievement that comes with winning prizes and trophies.

In this year’s championship, Queen Ethelberga’s College won the Grand Cup, closely followed by Bradford Grammar School and Bootham School in second and third, respectively. The competition was exciting for everyone as each team showed outstanding talent and a strong love for physics.

York Viking Rotary would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the participants. Your dedication, enthusiasm, and teamwork were truly inspirational, and we are already looking forward to seeing what next year’s competition brings. See you all next year!

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