Winners announced for IOPS Pictures of Gravity Competition

30 June 2017

Young people from across Scotland were presented with prizes for winning an Institute of Physics competition in a ceremony at the SCDI’s Celebration of STEM at Glasgow Science Centre on 9 June 2017.

The primary school winners were Struthers Primary from South Ayrshire. Grove Academy from Dundee won the S1-3 category and the winners in S4-6 were the High School of Dundee.

The Pictures of Gravity Competition asked entrants to share their picture of gravity. The primary school pupils were asked to investigate gravity alongside forces such as the magnetic and electrostatic forces. For the S1–3 pupils the challenge was to investigate what gravity is and how our knowledge of it has changed over time and the S4–6 pupils were to describe the most recent developments relating to gravity, in particular the discovery of gravitational waves

The winning posters were displayed at Glasgow Science Centre and were seen by the hundreds of participants during the day. As part of the awards ceremony, Professor Martin Hendry discussed the discovery of gravitational waves and awarded the prizes of unique crystals and posters to the winning teams of four.

Laura Thomas, the competition coordinator said “As ever the standard of entries to the competition was very high. The work done by pupils to research and investigate gravity was clear. The creativity shown in their final posters was impressive. We are very grateful to the teachers who worked with their classes to produce such wonderful entries and to the SCDI for making us part of their fantastic Celebration of STEM.”

More photos and information about the competition and prizegiving can be viewed on the IOPS website.