Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury win bronze at the International Young Physicists' Tournament

Monday 3 August 2015

Representing the UK, Shrewsbury School won a bronze medal in the International Young Physicists’ Tournament. Known as the Physics World Cup, the IYPT 2015 was held in Nakhonratchasima, Thailand from 27th June – 4th July and included 27 teams from countries all over the world.

Over the course of the competition, each team presented their solutions to a series of extremely challenging physics problems that they had all been working on for several months. Following each presentation, the team then had to defend their solution in an ensuing 'Physics Fight', when a student from another team attempted to tear holes in their solution. Each 'Fight' was observed and scored by an independent judge, one of a team of jury members made up of professional physicists from all over the world.

Going into the final round of the Tournament, the Shrewsbury team of Dom Dootson (Captain), Nick Champion, Tom Dodd and Sherry Xu were in 12th position, with four teams just below them.

“We knew we had to pull out all the stops if we were to remain in a medal position,” said John Balcombe, Co-Leader of the UK team with Shrewsbury’s Head of Science Steve Adams.

“After another solid performance, two teams did overtake us, but we just held on to 14th place out of 27 countries and got bronze medals. The team were absolutely brilliant in every respect and a credit to the School.”

This is the eighth time in the last 11 years that Shrewsbury have represented the UK in the IYPT.

Last year, Shrewsbury School hosted the IYPT on behalf of the UK - see report The Physics World Cup at Shrewsbury School, 3rd - 10th July 2014.

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