BUDDING chemists from Blackpool will represent the North West in the final of a national schools’ chemistry competition.
Pupils from Arnold School will compete in Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools’ Analysts Competition for the second time after beating off hopefuls from across the region.
Three AS level chemistry students; Oliver Hopkins, Tim Duthie and Joe Wilde triumphed over 19 schools from across Lancashire and Cumbria to land a place at the UK finals in June.
The University of Central Lancashire, (UCLan) hosted the regional competition which aims to encourage students to consider chemistry-related careers.
Phil Collinson, a chemistry teacher at the Blackpool independent school said: “It’s a big honour to represent the region again in the final of this competition.
“Last year we came second nationally and this year we are hoping to win. The students have really benefited from working in a university environment with the most up-to-date equipment.
“It gives them a taste of what it’s like to study science at degree level.”
Each team undertook various practical analytical experiments based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs.
These were judged on skill, understanding and accuracy using tests intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory.
Gary Bond, UCLan’s professor of materials chemistry said: “This competition always attracts a high calibre of entrants. The students from Arnold School have proved once again to have great analytical skills and capabilities in the lab. I’m sure they will do the region proud and go on to be high quality chemists in the future.”