Students from the Ogden Cornwall Partnership (Falmouth School, Humphry Davy School and Truro School) have been competing in the Humphrey Davy Essay Competition. More than 100 essays were submitted on various scientific topics in a bid to win the Humphrey Davy trophy.
The entrance quality was extremely high this year, with entrants including: Nils Tregenza (Falmouth School) whose piece was on ‘The work and discoveries of Richard Quiller Couch’; Will Daniell (Falmouth School) who looked at ‘John Arnold and the first accurate measurements of longitude’; and Sky Dixon (Humphry Davy) who asked the question ‘Will Lithium mining be good for the UK?’ The remaining finalists were Ella Longhorn (Falmouth School) who asked ‘Can physics explain the unique spectral quality of light in St Ives?’ and Eifie Ward (Falmouth School) who investigated ‘Who is the Father of Steam Locomotion?’
The finalists gathered recently for a presentation evening; they were joined by a guest lecturer from the University of Exeter, Dr Mayne, who gave an interesting presentation on exoplanet detection before forming part of the judging panel with Dr Fox and Dr Smith of Falmouth School.
All three judges were in agreement at the high quality displayed by each candidate and the confidence shown in their presentations. Dr Fox commented on the exceptional quality of research and referencing, and Dr Mayne was inspired by the passion shown by each finalist.
Ultimately, there could only be one overall winner and the title went to Ella Longhorn of Falmouth School, who was presented with the top prize of a Celestron Telescope. The top performing Key Stage 4 entrant was awarded to Will Daniell of Falmouth School, with Sky Dixon of Humphry Davy School receiving the top performing Key Stage 3 award.
Ella is inspired to share her love of physics and is hoping to do outreach work with local primary schools whilst she continues her studies.