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RSC Top of the Bench Competition

On Wednesday 11 December, Dr Lancaster took  4 students to The University of Exeter to take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition. The students were taken into an undergraduate teaching laboratory to carry out an investigation. At this time of year, we are told that getting plenty of vitamin C is important because this is thought to help prevent or reduce colds. The first part involved checking how much iodine solution was needed to react with a specific amount of vitamin C. It also gave the students the chance to gain experience and confidence in using technical equipment. One the students had worked out how to calculate the amount of vitamin C using iodine, they then designed experiments to check the amount of vitamin C in satsumas, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots and (because it is nearly Christmas) sprouts. The students learned that sprouts have the most vitamin C, provided they are not over-cooked! After the investigation, there was a quiz. The team members, Chloe Vickery, Theo Sapelkin-Tambling, Lyla Robinson and Jasper Coles worked together really well throughout the event, and should feel very proud of how they got on.