Windermere Secondary students Jameson Zhu and Jason Lui took home top honours at the BC Brightest Minds Physics Competition on April 29th.
Hosted at Playland and run by faculty from UBC's Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the contest tests students on the physics of amusement park rides. Grade 12's throughout the Lower Mainland and province are invited to compete and find out the science behind fun!
On their roller coaster ride to victory, Zhu and Lui had only a scant hour to test the rides and answer challenge questions. But once the dust cleared, the boys learned they won the competition, scoring an amazing 100%!
"My jaw dropped when they mentioned our names," says Lui. "I looked at Jameson and his mouth was open too. We were pretty surprised!"
Lui says he and Zhu split the workbook into two so they could work separately. He believes this approach was the factor behind their success.
"Other students, they were working hard. But we were working twice as hard," laughs Lui.
Zhu and Lui each took home a $600 prize. Their win was also an important prize for Windermere, as this is the first time a VSB school in Vancouver's Eastside has won the competition.
"We were up against some really tough schools," says Lui. "But our teamwork really gave us the edge over them."