IOP Physics Prize Awarded at BT Young Scientist

14 January 2014

The Institute of Physics prize for the best project in the physical sciences section of the 2014 BT Young Scientist was awarded to students from Wellington College in Belfast for their project ‘The detection and impact of solar flares in the upper atmosphere’.

To mark IOP Ireland’s 50th anniversary the students were also awarded an all expenses paid study trip to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Sixteen year old, Peter Duffin and Ricki Duffield, who are studying for their GCSEs this year, had worked on the project for several months prior to the exhibition and said they were ‘delighted with the award’.

Wellington College also won the MATRIX Best Northern Ireland School award.

The IOP prize was presented at the award ceremony by IOP Chief Executive, Paul Hardaker who also made a special presentation to Dr Tony Scott to mark 50 years of IOP Ireland alongside 50 years of the Young Scientist Exhibition.

During the three day event, around 50,000 people attended the event keeping volunteers at the IOP Ireland stand exceptionally busy as they engaged with students and public of all ages, answering queries on issues as wide ranging as what is the Higgs Boson to what can you do with a qualification in physics - answer - anything!