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Bourne Grammar School

Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench Competition

This year was the first time that Bourne Grammar School has entered the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition and we greatly enjoyed it.

Report by the team from Years 9,10 &11 - Zachary Slade, Ashok Banerjee, Bethany Denial and Lily Gray

This year was the first time that Bourne Grammar School has entered the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition and we greatly enjoyed it. After passing an extremely hard elimination test we travelled to the University of Derby for the regional finals with eleven other teams.

The day began with Round 1 – a 30-minute quiz testing our chemical knowledge. After that we undertook two practical challenges in the undergraduate laboratory, which tested our ability to work together as a team and to correctly carry out the experiments. The first challenge was to create a rainbow in a test tube, something that was very challenging. The second challenge involved measuring the energy change of reactions. The practical tasks had to be completed in one hour and points were awarded for the method as well as the results.

Even though we did not succeed in reaching the national finals (the event was won by Dixie Grammar School), the day was fulfilling and we feel we built on both our team and chemistry skills.

[My thanks to Mr J Mitchell and Miss Smallshaw from the Chemistry Department for taking the students to Derby on Saturday - JPM].