Seven local schools visited the College’s Physics department to compete in the first ever Malvern Physics Olympics. In teams of four the Upper Sixth Physicists tackled a range of problems including the location of a gamma-ray radioactive source inside a sealed box, designing a bungee cord to produce the most thrill for its jumper and using data from CERN to calculate the mass of the Z boson. Being designed to stretch the most able students, the tasks were an excellent chance to demonstrate teamwork and ingenuity in a competitive environment. At the end of the day we had the pleasure of hearing from John Gillham and David Whitaker of the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS), who intrigued us with the sophisticated way that Infra-Red (IR) radiation is detected and how IR cameras work. At the end of the day we had the pleasure to announce the inaugural winners as the team from the Christopher Whitehead Language College with our own team coming in a respectable third place behind the strong opposition of the King's School in Worcester who came second.
It was a very enjoyable day and we look forward to next year.