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Pupils put on lab coats for special chemistry lesson

From left, Dominic Askew, 16, Samuel Hardy, 16, Conan Russell, 16, Jack Rowbotham, 16, Tom Watterson, 17, Charlotte Wright, 17, Oliver Mason, 17, Eleanor Wills, 16, Hollie Wilson, 16, Claire Philip, 16, Katie Henshaw, 16, Francesca Williams, 16, Magda Stroinska, 16.

From left, Dominic Askew, 16, Samuel Hardy, 16, Conan Russell, 16, Jack Rowbotham, 16, Tom Watterson, 17, Charlotte Wright, 17, Oliver Mason, 17, Eleanor Wills, 16, Hollie Wilson, 16, Claire Philip, 16, Katie Henshaw, 16, Francesca Williams, 16, Magda Stroinska, 16.

Students put on their lab coats to take part in a special science lesson.

Chemistry pupils at Rutland County College were visited by a representative of the Royal Society of Chemistry to join in the workshop Spectroscopy in a Suitcase.

Spectroscopy is the study of the way light and matter interact. By shining a beam of electromagnetic radiation in a sample, scientists can find information about its structure and properties.

Pupils had hands on experience, working with an expert in the field using portable spectroscopic equipment.

The workshop provided real-life examples of how the chemistry they are learning in lessons relates to how scientists conduct their research.

Pupils used the equipment to identify unknown substances and then to find out who had murdered a fictional character ‘Mr Blue’.

There was also an opportunity for students to ask questions about career opportunities within chemistry and studying the subject at university.

 

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