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Pupils solve Sunderland University chemistry conundrum

Winning team St Leonards RC School, Durham; (L-R) Robert Dodds, Jamie Wilmore and Jon Evison pictured with Deborah Stead from the University of Sunderland.

Winning team St Leonards RC School, Durham; (L-R) Robert Dodds, Jamie Wilmore and Jon Evison pictured with Deborah Stead from the University of Sunderland.

YOUNG “pop-stars” showed they have the chemistry for success for a Wearside competition.

Students were in sparkling form as they solved a fizzy drinks chemistry conundrum, set by academics at an annual University of Sunderland event, designed to test young scientific experts.

The university is in its 24th year of hosting the regional heat of the Schools’ Analyst Competition, entered by sixth-form teams from across the North East, who turn scientific investigators for the day. This year’s winning team was St Leonard’s RC School from Durham City, which now has the chance to go through to the national finals.

University senior lecturer Roger Reeve, who has been organising the annual event for the last 24 years, said: “We are always delighted to host this regional event and the competition is always great fun, and a wonderful way to inspire young people to get involved in science.”

 

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