Many congratulations to Kaat Van Assche, Year 12, who received an Ogden Trust School Physicist of the Year award at a ceremony held at the University of Bath on Tuesday. Kaat received the award in recognition of her genuine passion for Physics, which is reflected in the enthusiasm with which she undertakes all aspects of her IB Physics studies, including choosing to do her extended essay about the oscillating motion of a non-axisymmetric cylinder on an incline. Her deep-seated love of Physics also extends to her extra – curricular activities, where she has been part of a school team undertaking an Engineering Education Trust (EDT) engineering project for Wessex Water and has devised an international engineering competition for girls for the International Women’s Academy (IWA) Network.
Before the ceremony, Kaat had the opportunity to talk to a few University of Bath postgraduate students about their research work, and to listen to a fascinating lecture about multiphoton nanophotonics and how powerful laser light interacts with nanostructured materials. As an award winner, Kaat can now become a member of the Ogden Trust Alumni Association, which offers lots of exciting opportunities including the possibility of applying for undergraduate science scholarships and travel awards.