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British Olympiad Gold!

10 Jul 2023
Mayfield School News

A team of Lower Sixth pupils received the coveted Gold Award for their experimental project work at this year's British Physics Olympiad, placing them in the top four nationally.

Megan, Evangeline and Elizabeth's project simulated asteroids hitting the surface of the moon by using 3D printed spheres as asteroids and flour to act as the moon's surface. 

The project was entitled 'Investigating Impact Craters', within which we simulated asteroids hitting the surface of celestial bodies such as the moon. We did this through using 3D printed spheres or 'asteroids', and flour to act as the moon's surface. By 3D printing our own spheres, we could easily change variables such as the density or radius of the 'asteroid', as well as the height at which it was dropped from, allowing us to simulate many different scenarios which may occur in real life.

The Awards ceremony consisted of a lunch, where we had the chance to meet with other winning teams, and network with industry and academic professionals. After the awards ceremony itself, we attended a lecture given by Professor Sarah Bohndiek on the use of Optics in endoscopic imaging techniques, in particular in diagnosing Barrett's Oesophagus. The lecture was enjoyable and it was extremely interesting to see the importance of physics in oncology - we all learnt a lot! - Megan

Congratulations to all three!

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