Year 7 Chemistry Challenge at the University of Southampton, School of Chemistry

On Friday 15th April, 4 members of Year 7 attended the Chemistry Challenge day at Southampton University. Sam Winter, Bronwyn James, Kevin Le and Ali Ajel went with Dr Jackson to compete against a number of other schools in two chemistry deductive challenges. The students were expected to work in pairs and communicate their ideas and discoveries to each other.

The first challenge was forensic based and involved using chemical tests in a CSI style ‘Who Dunnit’! The afternoon activity involved making acid and alkali indicators using common fruit and vegetables like red cabbage or berries. Congratulations must go to our team who not only achieved first place in the second challenge, but did so competing against mostly Year 8 teams! A fantastic achievement!

The day was concluded by an exciting set of demonstrations including explosions, frozen carbon dioxide, a firey way of making salt and even a flying pig! We finished with a long walk back to the car in the pouring rain, but suffice to say, the weather did little to dampen enthusiasm. A great day was had by all. Well done Year 7!

The Winning team! Starting from the left, Sam Winter, Kevin Le, Bronwyn James and Ali Ajel.

The Winning team! Starting from the left, Sam Winter, Kevin Le, Bronwyn James and Ali Ajel.