On 15 March, 17 Sixth Form chemists spent the day in the chemistry department at Bristol University. They spent the morning in the under-graduate laboratories carrying out experiments and using equipment more advanced than would be available in a school setting. The Lower Sixth extracted the white powder caffeine from tea and used infra red spectroscopy to confirm the identity of their product. The Upper Sixth used more advanced techniques to prepare the anaesthetic benzocaine.
In the afternoon the students attended lectures which were part of the school chemistry conference for National Science week. The lecture demonstration with liquid nitrogen and exploding hydrogen was particularly memorable.
Head of Science Faculty