A FASCINATING glimpse into studying chemistry at university was given to pupils of Ellesmere Port Catholic High School.
The youngsters visited the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University on December 9.
The 30 Year 9 pupils became forensic chemists and attended a hands-on laboratory session using paper chromatography and tested various salts in order to solve the mysterious death of Captain Salter.
Later the pupils worked in teams to produce a chemical clock to match a set target time. They had to use their knowledge of chemical reactions to come up with the best match.
The event was organised by staff at LJMU, the two schools and Aimhigher Cheshire and Warrington – one of 44 Aimhigher area partnerships working to widen participation in higher education by young people from under-represented groups.
Teresa Wong, Aimhigher Cheshire & Warrington vocational development officer, said: “Thanks to the staff at LJMU, the pupils had a fantastic time yesterday. This was the first time they had the opportunity to work in university laboratories.
“They found the hands-on experiments very challenging and were delighted to solve who the murderer was using their scientific knowledge.”
One of the pupils said: “I enjoyed the chemical clock race because it let me think and solve things by myself.”