Four pupils at the College recently participated in the Salters' Festival of Chemistry at Liverpool University. Competing against over a hundred other pupils from 30 schools, they finished second overall at the end of the day.
The Year 8 pupils, accompanied by their Chemistry Teacher, Paul Swainson joined teams from across the North West, including one team from the Isle of Man and another from Cumbria. Paul Swainson commented, 'During the day, the pupils experienced a taste of undergraduate life and I was delighted that they succeeded to finish second.'
The Festival involved two practical competitions and a lecture. The morning session, Salty's Challenge, was a forensic science challenge where the teams had to use their analytical chemistry skills to identify the chief suspects in a gruesome murder.
The "University Challenge" took place in the afternoon. The teams had to devise a method of cooling the Starship Enterprise's dilithium crystal, in serious danger of overheating, to exactly 10.5 °C using just 2 simple chemicals and some water.
Ellesmere's team comprised, Huw Liddiard-Williams, Ryan Morley, Freya West and William Mapstone The day of chemistry ended with a lecture-demonstration on "Molecules, Energy and Reactions " by Dr Helen Aspinall followed by the presentation of prizes by Professor Andrew Evans from the University of Liverpool. Each member of the team won a radio and they also received a £50 cheque for the School.
19th June 2007 Back to News