Physics Gold Medalists
Click Liverpool reports on our gold medal success at the Physics Polymics
Article by Nick Webster for Click Liverpool
Four lower sixth students from The Mosslands School in Wirral have been praised for their hard work and commitment in winning the 2012 Physics Polymics competition.
The Liverpool Physics Polymics is an annual event organised by the University of Liverpool in which teams of pupils from school across England are invited to take part in a day of events that require teamwork, problem-solving and challenging physics-related activities.
Four students – Daniel Shakeshaft, Matthew Thompson, Alex Segar and Josh Simpson, all aged 16-17 – were up against 26 other schools including private and grammar schools.
Although the day is staged as a competition it is designed to be fun and to encourage students to experience being in real laboratories, giving them a gentle introduction to university life.
The competition is one of the many STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) activities pupils from the The Mosslands School, a Technology College, get involved in.
This year due to the 2012 London Olympics, for legal reasons the competition name had to be temporarily changed, so it was branded this year as the 'Physics Polymics competition'.
The event took place in the University of Liverpool's new Central Teaching Laboratories for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The Mosslands School teacher and Acting Director of Science, Aideen Hood, said: "On behalf of all of the teaching staff at the school, we would like to congratulate Daniel, Matthew, Alex and Josh, for all their hard work in winning the Physics Polymics competition.
"We are immensely proud of the boys, gaining first place against more than 100 talented young competitors is outstanding and the trophy now has pride of place in the Science Faculty."
Gold medalist Alex Segar said, "We all found the day challenging but exciting at the same time. It was great to compete in activities such as model rocket building and science quizzes, against may pther students from schools across the north west. When we found out we had won, we were both shocked and thrilled, and it topped off a brilliant day thanks to the University of Liverpool. Successes such as this show the hard work and talent of both students and staff at Mosslands, and the fact we are more than capable to compete with the grammar schools in this area."