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Friday, 17 May 2013
Budding chemists from Bolton School Boys’ Division Sixth Form will represent the North West in the final of a national schools’ chemistry competition after beating off competition from across the region.
The boys won the North West regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst Competition, held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The three chemistry students, Adam Murray, Waqqas Patel and Zubayr Adia triumphed over 10 schools from across Lancashire and will represent the North West region at the prestigious UK final which will take place in Sunderland in June.
The competition aims to encourage students to consider chemistry related careers while at the same time giving participants a taste of university life. Each team undertook various practical analytical experiments based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. They were judged on skill, understanding and accuracy using tests intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory.
Dr Michael Yates, Head of Science in the Boys’ Division commented: “The school has participated in this competition for the last six years and it’s a big honour to represent the region in the final. This level of chemistry really stretches the boys and UCLan’s fantastic lab facilities allow them to work with advanced equipment that they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to use.”
Team captain, Waqqas Patel, said: “We’ve enjoyed taking part and are excited about competing in the final. It’s been a great experience to work in a laboratory environment and the competition has given us a real insight into what degree level chemistry involves.”
UCLan Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Dr Rob Smith commented: “This competition always attracts a high calibre of entrants. The students from Bolton School Boys’ Division have proved to have great analytical skills and capabilities in the lab. I wish them luck at the national final of the competition and I’m sure they will do the region proud.”
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