National Chemistry Week at the Perse
Kicking off the chemistry department’s range of activities for National Chemistry Week last week, on 15 November the Perse hosted the regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Top of the Bench competition, a chemistry competition aimed at middle school pupils. We welcomed 16 teams from 10 schools across the region, who competed in two practical assessments and a quiz. The Perse was represented by two teams who performed excellently, securing 1st and 3rd place. The team of Anthony, Rosie, Tessa and Nicholas will be representing the region at the national final, which will be taking place at Loughborough University in Spring 2014.
This competition was a fit start to the celebrations of the National Chemistry Week where the chemistry department organised a variety of activities. Year 10 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the lecture from the Head of Chemistry at Loughborough University, Professor Paul Thomas. In this fascinating talk, pupils learned about a multitude of possible applications of chemistry in everyday life from cancer treatment monitoring to emergency rescue services. In addition, the Science Club found out how to test for essential nutrients, and pupils took part in the Global Experiment, where they estimated the amount of vitamin C in various foods. To round off the week’s events, on Friday the ’42’ club welcomed Dr Spike Bucklow from the Hamilton Kerr Institute who presented an insight into the fascinating world of the science behind painting restoration, and 28 of our Year 11 pupils enjoyed a series of lectures on cutting edge scientific research at the Dominion theatre in London as part of the Science Live! talks on Friday.
It was a very busy week at the chemistry department, thoroughly enjoyed by all.