Scientists shine at RGU

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Banchory Academy were crowned Scottish regional champions earlier this year at RGU’s Schools’ Analyst science competition.

Secondary school pupils from across the country gathered at Robert Gordon University to compete in a national science final.

The competition took place in RGU’s Sir Ian Wood Building on Tuesday, June 23 where more than 60 pupils worked to solve a number of analytical puzzles.

Run by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Analytical Division (RSC), and sponsored by The Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund, the competition was open for AS level chemistry or equivalent secondary pupils.

A total of 20 teams were invited to compete in the final after winning regional heats which aimed to promote science and skills development to young people.

Teams were required to undertake various practical analytical exercises based on problems in relation to industrial or social needs. They were judged on their skill as well as team work, understanding, safety and accuracy within the laboratory.

The competition challenged participants by providing familiar tests along with tasks that were completely new to them.

Ruthin School from Denbighshire in North Wales won the competition showing exceptional analytical skill and received the top prize of £1,000.

Runner up teams were Blundell’s School from Devon and Catholic High School from Chester.