Last Saturday a four-strong team travelled to the University of Birmingham for the national final of the prestigious Top of the Bench chemistry competition, organised and run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and its members. We are delighted to announce that the team competed brilliantly, and won second prize.
Representing St Columba’s College in the competition were Henry and Devayan from Form 3, Angus from Form 4 and William from Form 5.
The winning team from each of the UK and the European heats were invited to attend the national final. The theme for the day was ‘materials’, which connected all of the challenges students had to tackle. Following an individual knowledge test, students had to work in teams on a number of practical activities, one of which involved using an infrared spectrometer. Without a doubt the day challenged the students well beyond the confines of the curriculum.
The St Columba’s College team came up against tough competition from nearly thirty regional winners. First place went to Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury and joint third place to the Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet.
Congratulations to Harry, Devayan, Angus and William on their excellent result!
Devayan 3J comments on the day:
“The practical was significantly harder than the titration we had to carry out in the regional heat. The task we were given was all about materials, specifically plastics. Great news for us as we had produced a poster on plastics in order to qualify for the regional heat! Nevertheless, it was still very difficult, and I am sure we would all agree that it was very stressful. Whilst we waited for the results, we had an interactive lecture about plastics, explaining some of the concepts we were tested on throughout the day. Finally, the results were announced. We came second! We were shocked. The day was amazing, fun and definitely worth giving up our Saturday! I will never forget it!”