Eight girls from Upper 4 represented Moreton Hall at the Inaugural Physics Olympics at King's School, Chester recently and all performed superbly. A total of 24 teams from the North West of England took part in an engaging and hands on day of Physics challenges and experiments. There were 5 rounds of challenges, ranging from building the tallest lighthouse out of straws (but which had to support a working bulb on top), constructing the longest cantilever bridge (using just wooden blocks and string), rocket building and firing, boat building and racing, and finally a more cerebral weighing and measuring challenge. All of this whilst concurrently having a mathematical quiz to complete on estimating the size of various scientific phenomena.
All the girls were a credit to Moreton, both in rising to the Physics challenges of the day and in their impeccable behaviour. Team A consisting Cici, Fenella, Rosie and Sophia performed outstandingly well in the Rocket Firing Challenge coming 1st out of the 24 teams with a length of over 80m. Team B consisting Francesca, Tatyana, Freya and Sophie performed brilliantly in the Bridge Building Challenge coming 2nd out of the 24 teams.
At the end of the day, scores from all 5 challenges and the maths quiz were added together and the final scores announced. Team A came a very commendable 6th place overall but Team B pipped them at the post by 1 point overall coming 5th in the whole competition. Great fun was had by all, even Mrs Counter who enjoyed taking part in a staff team!