Top of the Bench at Loughborough

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Back in November, Notre Dame won the Sheffield and District sectional heat of the 2016 Top of the Bench chemistry quiz. Top of the Bench is a national competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry which aims to encourage and recognise high achievement of 14-16 year old chemistry students.  Winning the heat meant we qualified for the national final, which took place on Saturday 29th April at Loughborough University.

So, on the 29th, we headed off to Loughborough University in the school minibus for the national final, which this year had the theme of forensics. Over 40 schools were represented from across the country, even coming over from Northern Ireland! Our team continued to work well together (feedback from the organisers of the local heat). They used gas chromatography and UV analysis techniques to correctly identify the arsonist, had individual chemistry ‘knowledge assessments’ and enjoyed a presentation from 4 current chemistry PhD students about how their research was going to change the world.

Congratulations to Wilf, Harry, Caitlyn and Patrick for the final and competing so well!

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