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Year 12’s Top Maths and Physics Students Invited to Open Day at the University of Cambridge

Three Sixth Formers attended a lecture and conducted an investigation at the University of Cambridge after being invited to an open day.

The university invited Year 12 students currently studying physics and maths at A Level and who achieved an A or A* in those subjects at GCSE.

Three students attended the trip - Tesvin John, Fabien Sutton and Jacob Wilkins - and it started with a talk at Christ's College to introduce students to life at Cambridge. The presentation included lots of useful information about how to complete a successful university application.

The students were then shown around several college buildings before attending a lecture by Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright about the science behind binocular and 3D vision. The trio also took part in an activity which attempted to solve bizarre real-life problems that had recently been featured in the news. One was 'What speed would a family car have to travel in order to complete a loop the loop manoeuvre successfully?' Another was 'How is it possible to catch a baby that falls from a tower block without the baby or the catcher being hurt?'

Later on, the students were able to use the facilities in the Cavendish Physics Laboratory to conduct an investigation into the motion of conical pendulums.  

KSA's Science Specialist Project Manager, Louise Oliver, said: "The three students made a very good impression with the quality of their suggestions and their logical scientific approach to finding the correct explanations.

"This was an excellent event that was really inspirational for the students. It opened their eyes to the benefits of studying at a top university with fabulous facilities and it raised their aspirations, as they could see that there is no reason why they themselves should not make a successful application to the University of Cambridge."