Four talented Year 13 students from Pukekohe High School have won this year’s Analytical Chemistry Competition at the University of Waikato.Katikati College was second, followed by Hamilton’s St Paul’s Collegiate, Mt Maunganui College and John Paul College in Rotorua.
The competition saw nearly 100 Year 13 students spend a day in the university laboratories, accessing chemistry equipment which is not available at schools. Twenty-four teams of four from the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions entered the competition which was held in June.
Their task was to analyse a lead salt for lead content, using a gravimetric and a back-titration method. “This was a demanding task in the time available but some excellent results were achieved,” says competition judge and key organiser, University of Waikato Professor Brian Nicholson.
“Rivalry was fierce but the main emphasis was on enjoying the experience and meeting students from other schools.”The New Zealand Institute of Chemistry sponsored lunch for all the students at one of the university’s Halls of Residence. The winning team received $160 from Hill Laboratories.