On their first solo attempt in the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst competition, the students competed against four other teams in the regional heat held at the University of Plymouth.
Joe Twiddy and Maisie Rainbow formerly of Humphry Davy School and Jess Thompson formerly from Mounts Bay Academy each had to undertake practical analytical exercises based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. Most of the tasks link to the A level curriculum but may use equipment and techniques not available in most schools/colleges
This was only the second time Penwith had entered its own team as opposed to a joint team with Truro College and the students were delighted when they won and will now go through to the National final at Sussex University in June. The team from the Truro campus came in second place.
Lynne Franklin, chemistry lecturer at Penwith College, said: “I am really proud of the way they clearly worked as a team and applied their practical skills. It was great to see the techniques and tools that I have taught them applied in this environment – and to win, it’s the icing on the cake!”
Truro and Penwith College is a national leader in the provision of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and as well as links with the Royal Society of Chemistry in the South West also partners with the Institute of Physics and is a local Maths Hub.