24.01.17 - Chemists Compete at East Midlands Regional Final

Huge congratulations to our fantastic KS3 and KS4 chemists who reached the East Midlands Regional Final of the national Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Top of the Bench’ competition.

Top of the Bench is a national competition for KS3 and KS4 students designed to encourage and reward high achievement in school chemistry students. The competition takes place in two parts during the academic year. Regional heats, organised by Local Sections, take place from October to January. Winning teams from the heats progress to a national final organised by the RSC Education department at the end of the Spring Term.

The regional final was hosted at the University of Derby and tested students’ chemical wits, independence and knowledge via a practical challenge and a quiz. Of the original 40 schools that took part, only 15 got through to this stage. Our team with the right chemistry included Eden Martin (Year 11), Tanaka Mteta (Year 9), Joella Hinsley (Year 9) and Adam Ting (Year 10).

Chemistry teacher Mrs Price accompanied the team. She said: “The team should be proud of its achievement reaching the regional finals. There was some tough competition and getting through to the final round was fantastic. The team was given a practical challenge designed and presented by Lubrizol – an international chemistry company based in Derby.  It was great for the team to see chemistry in action in the real world!”

Lubrizol Corporation is a Fortune 500 company, providing speciality chemicals for the transportation, industrial, and consumer markets. These products include additives for engine oils and other transportation-related fluids, additives for industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals, specialty materials, including plastics technology, and coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives.

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