Strode’s Chemistry students recently won the South East regional heat of the Schools’ Analyst Competition 2017 which took place at Kingston University earlier this week.
In total 18 Colleges from across the South East region came together to compete for a place at the National Finals. Our team of three Josh Passey, Willow Rolls and Kerry Turcsi undertook various analytical experiments and were judged on their skills, understanding and accuracy.
The teams had four hours to solve three tasks/experiments including estimating the mass of iron in ferrous sulphate tablets by titrimetric, analysing this by using a standard solution of potassium manganate (VII), calculating the composition of two dyes by absorption spectrometry using the Beer-Lambert Law (this practical technique is unfamiliar to A Level students) and the determination of ethanol in port by gas chromatography.
The experiments are designed to allow students to explore a range of analytical techniques, some of which they may be quite familiar with and others which they may never have come across. It is intended to promote team work and good laboratory practice. For our students to have the chance to work in a University laboratory and to use instruments and methods of undergraduate Chemistry students is an amazing opportunity.
In the face of very strong and tough competition the Strode’s team achieved FIRST place by showing magnificent team spirit and a methodical approach to the various tasks they were faced with.
The team will now concentrate on the National Finals which will take place in Sussex in June later this year. For now, though our students can be very proud of their achievements so far.
Chemistry teacher Noel MacCaoilte commented ‘I am so proud of our students and the excellent record that the College has in this difficult Regional competition’.
Good luck in June – we will keep you posted.