On International Women’s Day, four students from Middle 5 competed in the annual physics competition at St Helen’s in Northwood.

The team was chosen from 20 students, all keen to represent Habs. As expected, the competition was fierce to secure a place on the team, with Tia (M5 Aleph), Odelya (M5 Aleph), Sophie (M5 Aesc) and Yanxi (M5 A) making it to the final four.

From experiments to escape rooms

The students took part in three tasks on the day. Beating 21 other school teams to win the experiment challenge, they designed and adapted the most accurate and repeatable method. Showing patience, resilience and excellent communication skills, it was a fantastic achievement all-round.

The 4 students also completed an escape room activity and a calculations race, solving ten calculations against the clock in a relay-style race. Finally, they listened to an inspiring speaker, who shared her amazing journey in STEM, encouraging the students to consider physics at A Level and beyond.

With the number of STEM-based degree applicants stalling at around 23%, she reminded students of the need for more women in STEM professions. Throughout the day, our students did Habs extremely proud. Hopefully, they have been inspired to consider a physics-related career.