On Saturday 10th March, a team of three Lower Sixth pupils competed in the Northern Ireland Regional Heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst Competition at Stranmillis University College, Belfast. The team consisted of Jill Massey, Naomi McGuckin and Tom Spence, who were up against eleven other schools from across the Province.
The aim of the competition is to raise standards of practical analytical chemistry amongst sixth form students, and is based on problems relevant to industrial and social needs. The students are assessed in their practical skills, as well as in their understanding of chemical analysis and their ability to work safely as a team. The format of the competition is the same for each year with each team carrying out three experiments.
After three hours of practical work the Academy team were awarded fourth place. The experience gained was invaluable to the members of the team and we congratulate them on their performance.