Sheffield local heat of RSC National Analyst Competition held in Department

RSC Analyst CompetitionThe Analyst Competition is an annual event and is offered to Y12 students, who compete in teams of three. A number of local heats take place around the country. The winner of our local heat will represent Sheffield in a Divisional heat in a few weeks. The winners of the Divisional heats will compete later in the 2015 academic year in the final in London.

This is the first time that the University of Sheffield Chemistry Laboratories have hosted a local heat of the RSC National Analyst Competition. The competition lasted three hours.

The question for the 2015 competition was “Spring Water – Is it beer quality?”  Each team of students had to determine the concentration of contaminants in spring water through various analytical techniques, titration, flame photometry, and colourimetry. They then had to match it to a standard range of accepted values and decide whether the spring water was suitable for the production of beer. At the end of the three hour competition the students had to submit their results for marking. In their experiments the students were supposed by Widening Participation Coordinators, University Teachers and Technical staff as well as undergraduate and postgraduate helpers.

The quality of the four teams entered in our heat (Brookfield Community College, King Edward VII School, Longley Park College and the Sheffield High School) was very high. The teams worked well together and were very professional in the laboratory. As a result the competition was very close. However, in the end the winners of the local heat were the Sheffield High School (Philippa Dakin, Jenna Snook and Molly Stark). They will go forward to the next stage of the competition to represent the RSC Sheffield and District region.

Good luck to the winners in the next stage!