It’s CSI: Marlborough for chemistry whizzes
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A forensic science scene greeted pupils from a St Albans secondary school recently when they attended a chemistry challenge.
Outstanding efforts in chemistry at The Marlborough Science Academy resulted in Ruby Ciric, Stephen Kelly, Akos Molnar and Katherine Fairs, all Year 7 pupils, being chosen to represent the school in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.
The event - held at the University of Bedfordshire - is an initiative of the Salters’ Institute and aims to promote appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among young people.
A spokeswoman for Marlborough said that students were taken to labs to complete a challenge comprising a forensic science scene, where they were given chemicals taken from suspects.
They then had to analyse the chemicals to identify the criminal.
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As the challenge was top secret, teachers were whisked off for a talk by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Marlborough’s thrilled pupils won first prize for their efforts later that day.
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Ruby said: “It was very interesting to try doing practical experiments involving various chemicals as we don’t usually get to do that in class.”
Katherine added: “I enjoyed the opportunity to try lots of different practicals, involving lots of interesting chemical reactions. I loved it!”