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Extreme Physics

Four gifted and talented students got stuck into a series of challenges during a residential course organised by the Institute of Physics.

Dennias Muswere, Abi Kapur, Lorna Milne and Gabriel York joined students from other schools in the Midlands and East Anglia for the three-day Extreme Physics event.

Designed to encourage students to think about studying physics beyond GSCE level, the packed programme at Rugby School included challenges, lectures and activities.

The group from KSA was awarded rosettes in a number of challenges for showing excellent team work and creativity skills. In addition, they won the one-minute challenge in which they had to build a device that prompted an action after exactly 60 seconds.

The students were also given a taste for sky diving with a visit to the Air Kix simulator in Milton Keynes and they heard lectures on surviving a nuclear attack and exploring the dynamic universe.

The students finished by putting together a three-minute presentation on gravity complete with demonstrations and role-play that they had to give to the rest of the group, staff and parents.

Louise Oliver, KSA's Science Specialist Project Manager, said: "The group just loved the whole thing. It brought them out of themselves and it gave them the confidence to take part in things like the presentation.

"They got the chance to do things they wouldn't normally do and to work with people they wouldn't normally meet at this age, like specialist lecturers and staff from the Institute of Physics."

As a result of taking part in the course, KSA was given some software - a virtual physics lab - as a free resource to use in school.