Year 8 Chemistry Competition

On Thursday 11th May, four Year 8 chemistry pupils attended the Salters’ Chemistry Festival at Bristol University. The pupils participated in various activities and challenges designed to develop their scientific skills and awareness of the chemical world.

The group worked so well as a team, showing great resilience under pressure. They undertook investigations including using forensic analysis to solve a ‘crime’ and an exploration of the iodine clock reaction, with its associated colour changes.

In the afternoon, the group received a personalised mini-lecture for Dr T. Knowles into the theory and application of carbon dating and pupils also attended one of Mr T. Harrison’s famous chemical and physical demonstration lectures.  Particular highlights were the hydrogen peroxide oxidation reaction (bubbles galore) and seeing someone take a shower at -196oC!

Clifton High School pupils were awarded 3rd prize for their laboratory work in the morning session; a superb achievement as they competed against schools from across the South West.

The group returned to school suitably enthused by the whole experience and the pupils described the day as “challenging but very rewarding”.