The C3LX Cambridge Chemistry challenge which was launched in 2011, aims to stretch and challenge Lower Sixth Chemistry students interested in pursuing science courses at university. The competition has two parts: monthly online challenges which run between January and June and a fiendishly difficult 90 minute written paper which is taken in the weeks straight after the AS examinations finish.
This year over 6200 students from 435 schools and colleges across the UK participated including eighteen hopefuls from Notre Dame. The exam is considered so challenging that a mark of 20 out of 60 is considered ‘a very good achievement’ and out of our eighteen participants, seven managed to achieve this ‘copper’ award which is a tremendous outcome both for them and for the college.
One of these successful students, Alicja Gniewek said: ‘I really enjoyed the competition. The questions required you to think outside the box and apply your problem solving and mathematical skills to topical chemistry issues. I’m glad I persevered with the 90 minute written paper and am surprised and delighted to have achieved an award.’
This was the first year that Notre Dame has entered the competition and the Chemistry staff were delighted with the success of the students. Ms Legg commented ‘We hope that the success of these seven students will encourage our new Lower Sixth students to practice and prepare for the competition in June 2014!’
Other Notre Dame students who received an award, were Lisa Jin, Moto Tollera and Tousif Younis.
Well done to everyone who took part and we look forward to more success next year.