Young Chemists measure the saltiness of crisps!

One of the participating teams gets to work in the Chemistry lab at Bangor University.One of the participating teams gets to work in the Chemistry lab at Bangor University.Teams of young Chemists from schools in north and mid Wales and the borders played the role of analytical chemists in checking the sodium (salt) content of tortilla crisps as they competed in the regional final of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition at Bangor University recently. 

In the competition scenario and challenge set, the 'A' Level Chemistry students had to work to professional standards and produce high quality data that could be used to determine whether eating an excessive amount of the crisps could be bad for your health.

Providing a 'real-life scenario' for the competition illustrated one of the many roles the chemist plays in the modern world. The teams were assessed on skill, understanding and accuracy, as well as teamwork and safety in the lab.

The winning team came from Ruthin High School who will be joining other UK schools for the finals which are to be held at Bangor University in June this year. 

The winning team from Ruthin High School will be joining other UK schools for the finals which are to be held at Bangor University in June this year.  The winning team from Ruthin High School will be joining other UK schools for the finals which are to be held at Bangor University in June this year. 2nd place also went to Ruthin School and 3rd to Bishop Heber School from Cheshire.

Dr Andrew Davies the organiser of the event said: “We were very impressed by the enthusiasm and high standard of the competitors this year. We wish Ruthin lots of luck for the final in June.”

The National Final for this prestigious UK Competition will be hosted at Bangor University this year on the 20th and 21st June.  

Publication date: 11 June 2018