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Jan. 21, 2020 | IB Physics students worked brawn and brain on Friday as they climbed stairs for science.

Continuing their unit on work, energy, and power, our Form VI IB Physics students were in the School House lobby at the end of last week to measure their own power. Bounding up the iconic central staircase, the class measured distance, time, and mass to determine who amongst them was the most powerful. With the potential for scientifically-backed bragging rights on the line, the competition was fierce among a few of our more athletically inclined students. Ms. Rowell has been employing active labs to demonstrate physics theories for many years, though a few sore fingers caused her to retire her bobsledding demonstration. As the class progresses through the active syllabus, they will soon be calculating their flight time in a high-jumping test. "I find that they really understand the theory better when they have a way to physically experience it," she shared following the lab. Based on the smiles we saw during the experiment, we're sure the students agree!

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.