Chemistry pupils take part in special workshop

Lochaber High School pupils are pictured with Dr Hill, PT Chemistry, Ms Hannah Levene and Ms Ariana Jones. F04 LHS Chemistry 1no

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Last week chemistry pupils from Lochaber High School took part in a special practical workshop.
Last Tuesday (January 17), Advanced Higher chemistry pupils were given the opportunity to take part in a spectroscopy workshop offering them hands-on experience in a range of chemistry techniques they would usually only learn at university.
The pupils looked at infra-red spectroscopy, UV spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
The workshop was organised by Dr Hill, principal teacher of chemistry, and run by Hannah Levene, Ariana Jones and PhD students from Edinburgh University.
Head teacher Jim Sutherland said: ‘This helped pupils to gain experience of the technique by making up samples, using the spectrometers and interpreting the spectra results. Usually in schools, the technique would be taught on a theoretical basis with only reference being made to the equipment. This workshop allowed the pupils to gain experience and understanding of the technique on a practical basis.’