Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2015 Paston Sixth Form College chemistry students once again took part in the Cambridge Challenge, a nationwide competition for the brightest chemistry students in the first year of their A levels.  Thirteen students entered the competition and in all gained four copper awards and one silver.  The organisers state that gaining a certificate at all is a significant achievement.  The questions are designed to develop “resilience” and “the importance of keeping going with questions, even in the face of difficulty”.  This is a quality which is highly desired by top Universities and which will stand Paston students in good stead on the demanding science university courses Paston students aim for. This year’s questions investigated the possibility of the existence of oxygen molecules with four oxygen atoms instead of the normal two and how complex biological molecules such as steroids could be built up by joining smaller molecules together.

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