Talented young scientists compete at RGU

Secondary school pupils from across the North gathered at Robert Gordon University (RGU) last week to compete in the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Schools’ Analyst competition.

(L to R) Dr Mikaela Shand (Kemnay Academy), Euan Fraser, Professor Andrew Morrison (RGU & RSC), Emma Jackson, Dr Graeme Kay (RGU), Luke Johnston, Dr Eva Krupp (RSC)RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, partnering with the University of Aberdeen, hosted the competition’s North Scotland heats on Friday 10 March, which was open to all AS level or Higher level chemistry pupils.

More than 20 pupils from 8 schools worked hard to solve a number of analytical puzzles, to see who would advance to the national finals later this year.

Kemnay Academy won the competition, showing exceptional skills and earning the chance to represent the North of Scotland at the national finals, which will be held at the University of Sussex this summer.

The runner-up teams were Speyside High School and High School of Dundee.

The 12 teams were required to undertake various practical analytical exercises and were judged on their skill, as well as team work, understanding, safety and accuracy within the laboratory.

Dr Graeme Kay, teaching group leader at RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, has worked with colleagues to organise the event for a number of years.

He said: “We were delighted to host the North Scotland heats again this year. It was great to see how engaged and interested all of the pupils were about each of the tasks.

“On behalf of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, I would like to congratulate Kemnay Academy and wish them the best of luck at the finals down south. We are sure they will do the North of Scotland proud.”

The RSC, the world’s leading chemistry community, has a proud heritage of investing in educating future generations of scientists for over 175 years. It has been running the Schools’ Analyst competition since 1982.

Release by Jonathon Milne
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