This year, Woldingham’s team of chemists participating in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition was comprised of Bella and Stephanie from Year 9, Sophie from Year 10 and Gemma from Year 11. First of all, everyone undertook a practical experiment on their own (or in pairs for Year 9), followed by a general knowledge multiple choice quiz. The experiments, which varied by year group, included investigating metal reactivity, rates of reaction and titration.
Although the team did not win, they were enthusiastic and committed and competed extremely well against the 11 other schools and were able to think creatively when encountering new problems. Gemma also received a special mention from the examiners for her excellent titration calculations and everyone enjoyed the experience.