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Science in a suitcase at NSETC

STUDENTS were wowed by science as part of an “inspiring” session held at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) in Weston-super-Mare.

The school’s Year 12 A Level Chemistry students were visited by Bristol ChemLabS – University of Bristol’s outreach team – who put on a ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ session on Friday 1st April.

Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation. During the session students experienced talks and practical sessions on UV/visible and infra-red spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry.

The school’s Assistant Principal, Dan Robinson, said: “Students were able to get hands-on to analyse some chemical compounds and interpret various spectra.

“It is important for students to be able to apply the information they learn about in class to what actually happens in labs at university and in industry.

“While it can sometimes be difficult to conceptualise bonds, molecules, and nuclei, with them being so small on a quantum level, students were able to see the effect these tiny particles have on tangible equipment and how that can be applied to the analysis of chemical compounds.”

The session had direct links with the A Level Chemistry course and 17-year-old student Marie Nji said: “It was very informative, and really interesting to see what they actually do in chemistry labs.”

Elizabeth Nicklen, 16, added: “I enjoyed the inspiring morning and am seriously considering a career within science.”

Bristol ChemLabS Spectroscopy

Source: NSETC