In June 2022 nineteen of our year 13 Chemistry students participated in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools’ Analyst competition. Only 300 schools across the UK were invited to participate in this competition so we were thrilled when we received our box of materials. Almost 6 hours were spent in the laboratory analysing amino acids in flour, acidity in cider vinegar and malt vinegar, sugar content in potatoes and finally the decomposition of baking soda all within the context of selecting more sustainable and local ingredients for use in a chip shop. We are grateful to the RSC for the opportunity to take part developing valuable practical skills directly related to the A-level specification. Thanks also to Mrs Johanne Brolly, RSC NI Education Coordinator, for popping in with some RSC branded goodies for the participants.
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