Chem­istry work­shop is a hit with stu­dents

The Oban Times - - News -

LAST week chem­istry pupils from Lochaber High School took part in a spe­cial prac­ti­cal work­shop.

Last Tues­day (Jan­uary 17), Ad­vanced Higher chem­istry pupils were given the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a spec­troscopy work­shop of­fer­ing them hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence in a range of chem­istry tech­niques they would usu­ally only learn at univer­sity.

The pupils looked at in­fra-red spec­troscopy, UV spec­troscopy and nu­clear mag­netic res­o­nance spec­troscopy.

The work­shop was or­gan­ised by Dr Hill, prin­ci­pal teacher of chem­istry, and run by Han­nah Levene, Ari­ana Jones and PhD stu­dents from Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity.

Head teacher Jim Suther­land said: ‘This helped pupils to gain ex­pe­ri­ence of the tech­nique by mak­ing up sam­ples, us­ing the spec­trom­e­ters and in­ter­pret­ing the spec­tra re­sults. Usu­ally in schools, the tech­nique would be taught on a the­o­ret­i­cal ba­sis with only ref­er­ence be­ing made to the equip­ment. This work­shop al­lowed the pupils to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand­ing of the tech­nique on a prac­ti­cal ba­sis.’

Lochaber High School pupils are pic­tured with Dr Hill, prin­ci­pal teacher of chem­istry, Han­nah Levene and Ari­ana Jones.

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