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Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Sarah Stevens - STEM Senior Prefect

On Thursday 24th May the year 12 students studying chemistry attended a “spectroscopy in a suitcase” workshop run by the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) and Reading University.

The workshop gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. The activities we completed used real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques. This was a brilliant opportunity to use specialist equipment that we don’t have access to in the school and was also a great way to consolidate our learning of analytic techniques on the Chemistry A-level syllabus. We even got a little gift to take home with us as a reward for our hard work analysing mass and infrared spectrums.

Here is some feedback from some of the students who attended the event.

One student said that “The activities were challenging and enabled me to practice exam-style questions, it has meant that I’ve gained a better understanding of the concepts involved”. Sandra Burczyk also commented that “The content covered was interesting and explained clearly, so that we could understand all of the concepts - it’s confirmed that I really like chemistry!”

Many thanks to the workshop leaders and Mrs Sattar for organising such a useful event for the year 12 A-Level chemists!