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When Physics Meets Outdoor Pursuits

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pupils from Thornleigh Salesian College and Harper Green School joined Bolton School Boys’ Division pupils for Physics X - a three day residential trip to Patterdale hall in the Lake District.

33 pupils took part in Physics X, which aimed to engage pupils to think about the physics in exciting outdoor pursuit activities. Pupils took part in a various activities, learning about the physics in Sailing, Archery, Gorge Walking, Climbing and Bushcraft. Pupils also competed in various Physics Challenges including rocket building and accurate timing. Pupils were challenged to light a fire using friction fire lighting. Though this is a difficult skill to master and only a few succeeded, all pupils showed determination and did not give up. This determination was also shown in the climbing activity where pupils kept working until they reached the top, with encouragement from the rest of their team.

Pupils had a fantastic time not only learning about Physics and enjoying the beautiful location of Patterdale hall, but they also made new friends from other schools and worked together in all the activities they participated in. Pupils reported that they enjoyed the whole event and would recommend it to others in their school. Rosa from Harper Green School said: “Physics seemed like a complex part of Science but it slowly became easier to understand”. Muhiyud-Dean from Bolton School added: “It has proved to me that Physics is used every day”, while Olivia from Thornleigh Salesian College commented: “I’ve Realised Physics is not as boring as it may seem.”

The event was funded by the Ogden Trust and organised by Brendan Ickringill who is the Ogden Teacher Fellow at Bolton School. He commented: “This event has challenged pupils to think about Physics in situations that they probably have not thought about before. Pupils have discovered that Physics is around them all the time and is an exciting subject to study. But most importantly they have had fun with Physics! I would like to congratulate all pupils on their fantastic attitude towards the challenges they faced and commend them for their behaviour. I would also like to thank staff from the schools attending for their giving up their weekend to support this event.”

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Physics X encouraged pupils to think about the physics in outdoor pursuit activities

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Pupils had a fantastic time learning about Physics and enjoying the beautiful location of Patterdale hall

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