Champion Chemists take university triumph
A team of talented chemists from The Radclyffe School in Chadderton took up the challenge of a murder mystery, and came out winners.
The Year 8 students were taking part in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. The event pitted the team against schools from across the North-West, where they used chemistry skills to investigate the case. Using chromatography and other scientific techniques, the all-girl team analysed evidence from the ‘crime’ scene, and carried out experiments precisely to win the prize.
The students, Ayeza Akhtar, Nishat Jahan, Aiesha Baig and Aniqa Begum also had to break a secret code language to get to the result.
They were judged on teamwork, accuracy, ensuring they avoided contamination, and providing correct information. Teacher of Science Forida Begum said, “Working in the University’s school of chemistry, the day was a fantastic experience, presented in a fascinating way. The students did a fantastic job of solving the crime and seeing first-hand how to apply their knowledge practically. We are very proud of them.”
The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry, organised by the Salters’ Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry, aim to promote the appreciation of Chemistry amongst young people. They take place at universities across the UK and Ireland each year.