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Physics event at King Edward V1 School proves a hit for gifted students from East Anglia

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Quirky Physics at King Edward VI School, Grove Road Bury St Edmunds.
Will Allsopp, Owen Gaddard, Sarah Moody and Natasha Penfold from KEGS. ANL-140207-200318009

Mark Westley Photography Quirky Physics at King Edward VI School, Grove Road Bury St Edmunds. Will Allsopp, Owen Gaddard, Sarah Moody and Natasha Penfold from KEGS. ANL-140207-200318009

Elevating paper clips and giant ice smoke rings have been pushing the boundaries of physics for students at a special phsyics event staged at King Edward V1 School in Bury St Edmunds.

Around 120 Year 9 gifted and talented students from across East Anglia took part in a range of experiments where simple everyday items were used to conduct problem solving experiments.

The Qwerky Phsyics was led by the Institute of Physics, the Stimulating Physics Network and the Ogden Trust.

Orbiting pennies placed inside balloons were used to guage the forces on the penny while coffee filters were used to analyse air resistance.

A group of Year 12s from Birmingham then gave the WOW lecture using dry ice to create giant smoke rings and plasma balls to make large bubbles.

This is the second year the event has been staged at the Bury St Edmunds school and physics teacher Sarah English said: “The students had a fantastic time and we had very positive feedback from students and teachers. I think this will be an ongoing event.”

 

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