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Pupils a force in contest

Hodgson Academy pupils Flint Hamilton-Cooper, Jordan Stultz, Katherine Garth and Amy Catterall were crowned overall champions of an Extreme Physics Challenge

Hodgson Academy pupils Flint Hamilton-Cooper, Jordan Stultz, Katherine Garth and Amy Catterall were crowned overall champions of an Extreme Physics Challenge

This foursome proved to be a force to be reckoned with when they took on a physics challenge.

The pupils from Hodgson Academy, Poulton, entered national science competition Extreme Physics Challenge and managed to see off competition from 12 other secondary schools.

The Year 10s, Jordan Stultz, Katherine Garth, Amy Catterall and Flint Hamilton-Cooper, were set a series of intense challenges over the three-day competition in Cumbria.

They went off with a bang as they designed and launched a paper rocket to show their skills before giving a presentation on Newton’s Law of Inertia to show their theoretical knowledge.

They were also charged with using laboratory equipment to produce a mechanism for a one-minute timer and competing to fire trebuchets, built from scratch, the furthest.

Science teacher Zahira Patel said she was extremely proud of the Moorland Road school’s team achieving first place in the challenge.

She added: “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 and organised by The Ogden Trust, which runs projects and programmes aimed at promoting physics education in the UK.

Jordan Stultz said: “It was an unexpected win, 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.”

Team-mate Amy Catterall added: “The trip was really good and I enjoyed it a lot. It made it even better that we won.”

 

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