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    Chemists Excel in Top of the Bench Competition

    Kimbolton School chemists were worthy runners-up in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s closely-fought Top of the Bench Competition.

    Kimbolton School at Top of the  Bench Competition 2014Kimbolton School chemists were worthy runners-up in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s closely-fought Top of the Bench Competition on 14 November.

    Our team of Umar Chaudhari and Daniel Price (Third Form), Fiona Denton (Fourth Form) and Charlie Gardner (Fifth Form) put their skills and knowledge to the test against 18 teams from schools across the Mid-Anglia Region.

    This year the competition, held at The Perse School, Cambridge, had a World War I theme. In the first experiment, pupils were asked to “Create a Silent Timer” to get a chemical reaction to occur in the exact time allowed of 100 seconds. For the second experiment “What killed General Selenium?” the teams had to identify an unknown substance. The day was rounded off with a general chemical knowledge quiz.

    Mr Ewan Drysdale, Head of Chemistry, said: “Kimbolton’s excellent score in all three rounds saw them beat off tough competition to finish in equal second place with Bedford School, just behind The Perse. This competition is a great opportunity for pupils to test and develop their skills.”