Science Club ‘Anti-Doping’ challenge
24 Apr 2012
During the Lent Term pupils from Years 7 to 9 who attend Science Club have been working in teams on the “Scientists in Sport Anti-Doping Challenge”.
The task has been to develop a portable test kit to find out whether or not an athlete has taken one of five new performance-enhancing drugs. Pupils have had to find out how to test for drugs from the metabolites formed in the body and then test urine samples to see if they can correctly identify any drugs that have been taken.
This has proven to be a surprisingly complex task and has been a good lesson in scientific accuracy and the need for repeatability in results. The task has provided opportunities to develop team work, independent learning and leadership skills. With just the 2000 word report left to be written, the deadline is approaching fast. We are hoping our entry will be good enough to secure a place in the national final at the Science Museum in London.