Emmbrook School pupils top of the class in chemistry contestBy Laura Herbert
September 03, 2012
Budding scientists from The Emmbrook School competed in a chemistry pentathlon.
Year Nine pupils Callum Downey, James Maloy, Ollie McMinn and Chris Miall visited The University of Reading to take part in the event organised by its chemistry department and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The group beat off competition from 11 other schools including The Holt and Maiden Erlegh to come first.
They had to produce a water-powered rocket that would cover the greatest horizontal distance, work out the correct ratios of chemicals to get a reaction to change colour in exactly 101 seconds, gold plate a coin and work out which athlete had taken a banned substance.
Dr David Nutt, from The University of Reading’s department of chemistry, said: “We are always delighted to welcome local schools.
“The day was a big success and the pupils enjoyed the pentathlon which aimed to highlight the many ways in which chemistry plays a part in our everyday lives.”