Top-year pupil Chris has created a genuinely innovative robotic hand, remotely controlled by an electro-mechanical glove. Chris built the hand entirely from scratch from scrap sheet metal that was on sale. Internal components ranged from springs, servo motors and gyroscopes to rivets, screws and nuts.
“The idea is that strain sensors in the glove detect when the wearer’s fingers bend,” he explained. “This information then gets sent via Bluetooth to a mechanical hand, which activates motors to bend or straighten the fingers.”
Every year the physics department asks fourth-year boys who are planning to study physics or engineering at university to do a summer project and later give a presentation.
“Chris’ presentation was excellent, one of the best I’ve seen in the four years we’ve been doing this,” said Head of Physics, Jeremy Douglas. “His Powerpoint was very good, but it was his explanation to the class that really impressed – definitely this year’s stand-out project. He plans to take it with him to university interviews for presentation.”
Mr Douglas noted that excellent past projects have ranged from the physics of stars and their spectral lines, to the Lorentz attractor in chaotic dynamical systems, to synthesising and demonstrating a superconductor.
10th February 2020
The international, scientific journal, Physics Education, has published a paper by students and teachers from Winchester College and Barton Peveril College.
9th February 2020
World-famous chemist and author Dr Peter Wothers MBE enlightened students on the history of the Periodic Table for the first Science Society lecture of 2020.
6th February 2020
On 5 February 2020, Winchester College's maths team placed third in the national final of the Senior Team Mathematical Challenge, which involves pupils from over 1200 schools.
4th February 2020
AR Design Studios led an architecture workshop for pupils interested in a career in this field. One of the participants reflects on the day.
27th January 2020
Applications are now open for this year's Winchester Maths Summer School.
7th December 2019
Local pupils joined Winchester College boys for an event specially designed to help them prepare for everything a tough medical school interview might throw at them.