As part of National Science Week the Lower Sixth IB and A Level chemists visited the Chemistry Department at Bristol University where they carried out experiments in the under-graduate laboratories. The task was to obtain caffeine from tea by solvent extraction which involved using a range of apparatus not available in a school setting. Once the white powder had been obtained, infra-red spectroscopy was used to confirm that the product was caffeine. In the afternoon the students sampled university teaching with a couple of interesting talks in one of the lecture theatres.
The day gives students a useful insight into what it would be like to study science at university.
Head of Science Faculty