Bedstone students achieve gold and bronze in British Physics Olympiad

Two Bedstone students have enjoyed testing their knowledge in round one of the British Physics Olympiad, a competition for the most able young physicists in the country.

The British Physics Olympiad is hosted by the University of Oxford. The competition tests the knowledge and problem solving abilities of students using real world problems. Alan G (U6) and Rebecca W (L6) both placed in the prestigious medalled grades with Alan placing in the top 50 students in the country and receiving gold and Rebecca achieving bronze. These placements are highly commendable given that the students were already competing against the most able young physicists in the country.

This year 1,740 students participated in the first round and having placed gold, Alan is now invited to participate in round two as well as the Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad. If successful in rounds two and three he will be in the running to represent Britain at the International Physics Olympiad.

Alan said he enjoyed the competition: “For a student who really has a passion for Physics, it’s a great experience of solving problems. The paper is divided in to two sections, firstly general knowledge of Physics and secondly, choosing different aspects of Physics, solving real world problems and investigating effects.”

Rebecca also enjoyed the competition, she said: “It is harder than A level questions. I felt happy to get a good mark, maybe next year I will improve.”

Well done to Alan and Rebecca for such outstanding achievements and good luck with round two Alan.