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Chemistry challenge gets a good reaction

Published on 03/05/17

Students from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form have shown off their science skills in a national competition for young chemists.

Elizabeth Buckenham, Victoria Bingham, and Liam Walker took part in the regional heats of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools’ Analyst Competition, held at the UEA on Thursday, April 20.

The team competed against students from 17 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk in a series of analytical challenges designed to test their practical research skills.

These included using sophisticated lab equipment to measure the level of caffeine in a sample of filter coffee, and the amount of paracetamol in a painkiller tablet.

Chemistry teacher Jess Gopee said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to try out new research methods, including techniques which can only be used in a university setting because of the equipment needed.

“They also got to meet undergraduates, research staff, and chemistry students from other schools.

“It was a brilliant day which will hopefully inspire our young scientists to apply for a research-based course at university.”