Students from secondary schools across the local area have been competing in an Olympics with a twist. The Physics Olympics, which is now in its second year, was organised by Albany Academy in partnership with the Ogden trust and brought together students from local high schools to compete in a series of physics based challenges.
The day involved students using their understanding of physics to complete a range of activities that tested this knowledge in a practical way. The competition was open to schools from Chorley and South Ribble who are part of the Ogden Trust. Schools included Albany Academy, St Michaels, Hutton Grammar school, Bishop Rawstorne, Holy Cross and Balshaw Lane Church of England High School.
The events which were all designed to be fun and engaging, but with a strong link to physics included; Jelly Baby Towers which saw students having to build as large a tower as possible using only jelly babies and pasta and balloon powered cars, where students had to make cars travel the furthest distance using only the power of balloons. These cars were created out of card, plastic wheels, sellotape and the student’s imagination.
Head of the Science faculty at Albany Academy, Miss Fox, said, ‘It has been fantastic to see the students so enthused about physics topics and competing in a friendly way. All students excelled and it was a pleasure to see 4 students from Albany Academy winning the overall trophy and 1st place in the Fermi Quiz.’