Top of the Bench Chemistry Competition Inspires our Student Scientists

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Top of the Bench Chemistry Competition Inspires our Student Scientists

A team of students at Lingfield placed a highly creditable 7th out of 34 Schools in the Downland Section which includes those in Sussex and Surrey, for the Royal Society of Chemistry's national Top of the Bench competition this January. 

Top of the Bench is a national competition for KS3 and KS4 students designed to encourage and reward high achievement in school Chemistry involving The Royal Society of Chemistry. Students complete two challenging practicals under timed conditions and an MCQ quiz on relevant chemistry topics. 

Huge congratulations to Barney, William, Louis and Miko from Year 9: Simreth and Andrew from Year 10 and Ameer and Arthur from Year 11. All excellent and enthusiastic science students who took part in the competition over the last week (24th January – 28th January).

Across the region, over 34 rival schools were put to the test as they worked together in teams to solve practical Chemistry problems. Year 9 had 40 minutes to prepare a salt, copper(II) sulfate. They then reacted it with other substances and answered questions about what they had made and observed. Year 10 had 40 minutes to identify four unknown substances using analytical chemistry and knowledge of the results of chemical reactions. They also had to complete extension questions that go into A Level Chemistry topics. Year 11 had 40 minutes to work out the energy change of a reaction using accurate and precise practical skills to carry out a titration.

Using excellent teamwork, practical skills, and Chemistry knowledge, Lingfield College students rose to the challenge and came a highly creditable 7th out of 34 Schools in the Downland Section which includes those in Sussex and Surrey.

A thank you to Dr Clingen for organising and preparing the teams.