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Lower sixth Chemistry students spend a day in London

In November, twenty lower sixth Chemistry students spent a day in London finding out how the topics they learn in class are used in real life.  From pre-Victorian beauty treatments that left their practitioners literally ‘dying to be beautiful’, to this summer’s brand new research data on the composition of Greenland glacier meltwater, our students were entertained and inspired by the creative application of Chemistry. We looked through our molecular goggles at chocolate – yes, it is good for you (a component, resveratrol, is an antioxidant) but no, it isn’t really (too much fat and sugar); saw how Voyager’s power supply might be made wearably nanosize to charge our gadgets; and left pondering the volatile flavonoids in blueberries.