Four Year 8 students – Lucy Dunstan, Amber Nelson, Laura O’Driscoll and Catherine Pavalarajancroos – represented Coloma at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.
They spent the day working in the chemistry labs at University College London, competing against 24 other schools in two chemical challenges. One of these was using chemical techniques as forensic scientists to solve a crime. They were judged on the results as well as how safely and well they worked together.
Although they didn’t win, the girls worked brilliantly as a team and really enjoyed the experience of working in a university.
The day ended with a Chemical Magic Demonstration by Prof. Andrea Sella, where the girls got to taste ice cream made using liquid nitrogen.
Lucy Dunstan said: “I had so much fun. I really enjoyed using forensic science to find out who the culprit was. I also really enjoyed the lecture. I was really interested in what Prof. Sella was saying, and his tricks and experiments with dry ice. I am glad I was given the opportunity to spend such a fun day at the university with my friends.”