A Level chemistry student James Aiken from King Edward’s School in Bath has been named as one of the top scoring pupils in the UK at the Chemistry Olympiad.
How would you go about solving the problem of Rio’s green Olympic pool or improving the tensile strength of Iron Man’s suit by alloying gold with titanium?
These were just two of the questions posed in this year’s Chemistry Olympiad, the UK-wide competition organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and answered correctly by the four KES Chemists who entered the competition.
James Aiken, a year 13 pupil at KES, performed so well in Round One of the Olympiad, scoring 60 points out of a possible 75, that he was among the top scoring 30 pupils nationally, and has been invited to Cambridge at the beginning of April to compete in Round Two of the competition.
Four or five pupils will be selected from the 30 in Round Two to represent the UK in the International Competition Final which takes place in Thailand this summer.
There were over 5,000 entries in this year’s competition, which is open to pupils studying A Level Chemistry, and all four KES Chemists entering the challenge did extremely well. Isaac Reid just missed out on being invited to attend Round Two (he was in the top 40) but did achieve a Gold Award, as did fellow KES entrants, Lisa Kong and Joshua Harris.