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Spectroscopy in a suitcase

Upper Sixth students were visited by a representative from the University of Greenwich giving them a hands on experience of using equipment which is used in research and industry. The spectroscopic techniques are an important part of the A level and IB specifications. This initiative is funded and co-ordinated by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The RSC supplies portable equipment (worth several thousands of pounds) to universities’ outreach departments. The universities then bring the equipment, along with real live undergraduate and postgraduate students and their research supervisors, who demonstrate the equipment, help our sixth formers use it, and share their experience of how they use spectrometry in their research.

It’s a great workshop for our students to learn about key specification points, as well as being enriched and inspired by the tools they learn in the classroom being used for real.