University competition tests chemists’ capabilities
A team of capable chemists from The Radclyffe School tackled challenging experiments in the laboratories of the University of Manchester.
The event is part of the nationwide Salters Festival of Chemistry. The team of four students were given two tests – the ‘Salters Challenge’, a competitive, practical activity and the ‘University Challenge’ set by the host university. The school was one of twenty taking part from across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.
The Salter’s Challenge involved the students using chemistry to solve a murder mystery. Then for the University Challenge they had to create a reaction that lasted as close to a minute, by altering the concentration of the agents in the experiment.
The students, in Year 7 and 8, also enjoyed an entertaining ‘Chemical Magic’ demonstration before prizes were awarded at the end of the day.
Teachers from the schools also benefited from tours of the university campus and learned more about how schools can gain from the work of the Salters’ Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The festival events are held at universities around the country. Teacher of Science at The Radclyffe School Forida Begum said, “The students were very excited by the opportunity and showed good understanding of the challenges they faced. It is inspiring for the young people to visit the university and make practical use of their facilities. We hope events like this encourage them to study Chemistry and other science subjects in the future.”