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Physics Students Catapult to Success

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Physics Students Catapult to Success

Notre Dame’s A-level Physics students have been taking part in an engineering enhancement activity, working in groups to design and build a scale model trebuchet, a machine used in medieval siege warfare for hurling large stones or other missiles.

This project, organized by physics teachers Peter Franklin and Matthew Hainsworth, and Head of Product Design Ian Granger, took several weeks of hard work outside of college hours to complete. Our students’ efforts culminated in a tense competition to find the winning design with the longest reach. Congratulations to John Valdez and Ghaalib Abdullah whose trebuchet won its inaugural battle.

Rachel Hodgetts, Head of Chemistry and Physics, thanked all involved, particularly the staff who gave up their own time to support this enrichment of our students’ learning.

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