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Physics Challenge winner!

Published Wednesday 14th of May 2014 02:35:12 PM

A pupil from Oakham School has won a week�s training in Quantum Physics after taking part in a highly regarded competition run by Cambridge University.

It is particularly impressive given that Bob, aged 17, is the first pupil from Oakham School to have entered The Senior Physics Challenge (SPC). The purpose of the competition, and its prize of taking part in an intensive Physics summer school held at Cambridge University, is to demystify the transition to university Physics in the UK.

To win his place, Bob had to take an extremely challenging online exam. The structure of the exam means that pupils aren�t really able to prepare in advance, so it very much comes down to their own capabilities, rather than exam preparation. This wasn�t too much of a problem for Bob, who along with being an Oakham Scholar, is currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Further Mathematics (Additional), Physics and Chemistry at A Level.

During the five-day summer school, Bob will have the chance to participate in general Physics and research lectures, as well as practical lab classes. The intensive tuition he will receive will help him to develop problem-solving and experimental skills.

�Bob is a truly exceptional student,� says David Harrow, Deputy Head (Academic) at Oakham. �I have not seen his like in quite a few generations of student mathematicians. It will be an excellent opportunity to further his Physics knowledge, both in preparation for his A Levels and also before moving on to University.�

Bob, who is hoping to study Maths at Cambridge, said � 'I�m delighted to have been accepted onto such a prestigious course as this. I am really looking forward to the challenges that it will bring as well as the thought of spending time living at the university.�

In addition to getting recognition for his academic abilities, Bob was also recently acknowledged at the Rutland Youth Awards for his outstanding small grants fund presentation and guitar playing."
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