16th June 2006

 

SCHOOLS TO BATTLE FOR CHEMISTRY PRIZE

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Chemistry pupils from 16 schools across the UK will be at the University of Lincoln next Tuesday to battle it out in a national schools science competition.

 

The university has been chosen to host the finals of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition 2006.

 

The competition takes place in regional heats with teams of three sixth-form students from 16 schools making it to the final.

 

Each year the university hosting the final provides three experiments based upon some analytical chemistry theme.

 

As the University of Lincoln has a strong forensic science background the theme for this year’s experiments is forensic chemistry.

 

The school teams and their teacher will be provided with the details of the experiments on arrival at the university on Monday.

 

The competition will take place over four hours on Tuesday 20th June, during which time the teachers will be taken on a visit to Siemens.

 

While final judging is taking place pupils and teachers will hear a talk entitled ‘Cracking Crime with Chemistry’ by Dr Anya Hunt from LGC Forensics.

 

The top three teams will be awarded cash prizes for their schools and the awards will be presented by Dr Lorraine Gibson, Vice President of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

The competition is sponsored by the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Perkin Elmer, LGC Forensics and Siemens.

 

Note to editors:

 

 

The schools taking part in the final are:

 

Birkenhead School

Charterhouse, Surrey

Dinnington Comprehensive School, Sheffield

Dunblane High School

Emmanuel College, Gateshead

Estover Community College, Plymouth

Framlingham College, Suffolk

Hessle High School, Hull

Lymm High School, Cheshire

Loughborough High School

Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen

Royal Belfast Academical Institution

St Gerard's School Trust, Gwynedd

Stockport Grammar School

The Dame Alice Harpur School, Bedford

Wakefield Girls’ High School.

 

Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the event. To make arrangements contact the university press office on the number or email address below.

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042             07843 658943             jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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