11 Truro College students entered the UK Chemistry Olympiad this year and set a new record for the College, gaining two gold and five silver awards, the best results ever.
Truro’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Academies allow second-year students to participate in a range of activities including specialist Chemistry sessions, which are designed to stretch and challenge the most gifted and enthusiastic students.
Each week different skills are enhanced, from planning and carrying out explosive chemistry demonstrations, to solving lateral-thinking chemistry challenges, to preparing for the Chemistry Olympiad exam.
The Chemistry Olympiad tests Chemistry students’ knowledge with a challenging written test and with questions based on real-world Chemistry problems, which also raise awareness of what Chemistry is all about. Students develop and showcase the skills required for studying the subject at university level and beyond.
Dr Kate Roberts, who co-ordinates the STEM Chemistry Academy, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the outstanding results the students gained this year; they are testament to all of the hard work they have put in, above and beyond that of their weekly lectures. I have the pleasure of supporting some very talented individuals; in fact many have received offers to study at Oxbridge in September.”
Kate Roberts has been lecturing at Truro College for the previous ten years and has recently been appointed to establish the new Chemistry Department at Callywith College, which opens in association with Truro and Penwith College this September.