Four pupils from Year 8 in St Catherine’s were lucky enough to attend the Annual Salters Institute Festival of Chemistry at University College London on the 19th April.

Twelve schools, in all, from across London were taking part in the Festival. The pupils from the different schools were shown to the Laboratory where they would attempt the “Salters Challenge”. Their task was to solve a theft crime using chemical forensic techniques. The pupils had nearly two hours to use Chromatography and various Precipitation Reactions to help them reveal the identity of the thief. They put on their Lab coats and safety specs and quickly got down to work. To their credit, the St Catherine’s pupils put in an excellent performance and learned a lot of Chemistry through their efforts.