On the 23rd of January the Lower Sixth Chemists all attended Southampton University's Department of Chemistry for one of their very popular ‘Chemistry Twighlight Events’. During the three hour session in the undergraduate teaching laboratories, the girls successfully extracted and analysed a chemical called trimyristin from nutmeg. This afforded them the opportunity to use a range of equipment and techniques beyond those that they would meet in a classroom, including many that feature in the new A-Level course. In addition to the satisfaction of extracting and purifying a natural product, our Chemists also had a valuable opportunity to chat to current undergraduate and postgraduate students about university life.
They also met Southampton University’s Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, who was on hand to give invaluable advice about UCAS applications. The girls found the afternoon both useful and enjoyable, and the acquisition of some glow in the dark 'Royal Society of Chemistry' stationery was an unexpected highlight for many!
Thanks go to the Chemistry department for organising this excellent, annual visit which promotes STEM subjects within the school. TH pupils have gone on to become world experts in science and engineering: Professor Frances Ashcroft received a dame-hood last year for her pioneering work on diabetes, blazing a trail for other TH girls to follow.