Once again Paston Sixth Form College chemistry students showed they could compete at the highest levels in the 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad. Two students (Peter Setchfield and Jamie Spooner) entered the competition and both gained Bronze certificates. Peter Setchfield was one mark off a silver award. The questions are so challenging that scoring any marks at all is considered an achievement worthy of a certificate.
This year’s questions ranged from a chemical system for storing energy, the chemistry of tungsten and the complicated synthesis of a drug. Students have to apply their skills and knowledge to unusual problems, a skill which the RSC is keen to develop amongst our A level students and which will stand them in good stead on the demanding science university courses Paston students aim for.
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