The Master was privileged to present several groups of prizes to winners of the 2019 British Physics Olympiad, held in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace.
Present were some 100 students, current and past winners of the awards, teachers and parents.
Ken firstly addressed the assembly, briefly explaining the purpose and history of the Livery Movement and particularly WCSIM, and an outline of our educational support programmes. Ken continued with remarks about the importance of practical physics, and the role of Scientific Instruments in that field, concluding with a description of our Coat of Arms, and a translation of our logo.
Ken then presented the award that WCSIM sponsors, The WCSIM Experimental Physics Prize, to Charlotte Weir of Guildford High School for Girls, whose project was to derive some mathematical formulae to describe the motion of a pendulum, itself suspended from a flexing mount.
Charlotte was invited to consider an invitation to become a Livery Apprentice.
The afternoon concluded with an informative presentation on modern developments in photovoltaic solar panel technology by Prof Henry Snaith FRS, University of Oxford.
This awards scheme attracts some 22,000 entries each year, with some 6,000 in the practical physics category, and is a scheme that is a key one for WCSIM to continue supporting.