Shrewsbury School to represent the UK in the International Young Physicists' Tournament

A team of physicists from Shrewsbury School has won the UK Young Physicists’ Tournament and will represent the UK in the International competition this summer. This is the seventh time in the last ten years they have achieved this distinction.

The final took place at Shrewsbury School on Thursday 16th January. Shrewsbury’s team of Arthur Kung, Dominic Dootson, Ian Yeung, Ilya Lapan and Horace Tang faced strong opposition in the form of John Leggott College, Scunthorpe and Tytherington High School, Macclesfield.

With scores level for first and second place at the half-way point, it was obvious that Shrewsbury would have to do something special if they were to pull away from the competition. Team captain Arthur Kung gave by far the most impressive presentation of the day and took Shrewsbury past the winning post in style.

The final scores (out of 80) were Shrewsbury 61.0, John Leggott College 53.5 and Tytherington High School 53.0 This means that the UK team for the International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT) in July will consist of three team members from Shrewsbury and two team members from John Leggott College.

The IYPT is now in its 27th year and has previously taken place in Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and China as well European countries including Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. Commonly known as the ‘Physics World Cup’, the IYPT is one of the most prestigious competitions for school science anywhere in the world.

This year the IYPT takes place in the UK for the first time; the venue will be Shrewsbury School.

 “We are extremely honoured to be hosting such a major event at Shrewsbury,” says John Balcombe, Physics Teacher at Shrewsbury School and Chairman of the 2014 IYPT Organising Committee.  “We look forward to welcoming teams from around 30 countries from all five continents, along with their teachers and judging panels of professional physicists from around the world. We are also delighted that amongst the VIP guests at the opening ceremony will be Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, Old Salopian and one of the country’s most distinguished scientists.

“Along with the very serious physics element of the tournament, the students will also experience a number of cultural events and entertainments and will experience the beauty and variety of our county of Shropshire. They will be visiting the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge and the Ironbridge Museums, thanks to the generosity of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust. They will also be some of the first overseas visitors to our newly refurbished Museum and Art Gallery.When the students return to their own countries, I am sure they will have a lasting memory of our small corner of the world.”

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