Second Place for Queen Anne's Chemists

Wednesday 20th May 2015

On Wednesday 6 May, 4 girls from Year 4 (Sophie Lange, Lyra Cherry, Ellie Patterson and Gracie Whitefoord) attended The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry competition held at the University of Reading. Out of 15 schools that took part, the Queen Anne’s team were awarded second place overall for their fantastic forensic report.

The Salters’ Challenge was based on a forensic chemistry situation in a salt mine. As a team of forensic chemists, they were asked to solve the murder of ‘Chris Salter’, the manager of the Best Salt Mine, owned by the Salters’ Company. His body had been found in the office near  to the entrance to the mine. The police identified 6 suspects who were known to be in the area at the time of the murder. They also found several clues involving a white powder, a glass containing a colourless liquid and an ink stained handkerchief. The girls had to produce a forensic report for the Chief Constable complete with the results of their analysis within 95 minutes.

The girls were awarded their prize by Dr Vicki Aldmington, Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinator.

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters’ Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences to the young.