Shrewsbury School

Success in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2012:

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Three Gold, Three Silver and Nine Copper Medals

A group of L6 students took part in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2012 after their AS examinations. This is the first time we have entered this competition and the students performed remarkably well after their busy AS exam schedule.

This competition aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry, and will provide an excellent experience for anyone considering taking their studies further. Set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists, it is designed to be accessible to L6 students but will take them significantly beyond the syllabus and encourage them to think about science in the way they would at university. It is endorsed and sponsored by St Catharine’s College at Cambridge University.

L-R: Ratanon Suemanothom, Fiona Lau and  Harry CoxThe paper itself is based on the core of the chemistry A-level specifications, so that students taking any of the different exam board A-levels can compete fairly. The exam lasts 1.5 hours and is composed of a series of structured questions designed to stretch able students by making them apply the principles they have learnt to new and often more complex situations than they would meet in their A-level course. Thus, in order to score marks, it is essential to have a very sound base of knowledge and understanding, but also have the ability to think and reason - often "outside the box" - at a high level.

Gold Medals were awarded to:
Harry Cox (Rb), Fiona Lau (MSH), Ratanon Suemanothom (G)

Silver Medals were awarded to:
Tom Bland (Rt), Varis Chirayus (I), Judah Rand (R)

Copper Medals were awarded to:
A-Win Chaikil (S), Alistair Fisher (PH), Lucy Lei (MSH). Edward Mallett (S), Oliver Marshalll (Rb), Alex Norman (R), Sherry Qiu (EDH), Tanin Sirimongkolkasm (Ch), Sam Watts (SH).

Andrew Briggs

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