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St Aubyns wins Science Challenge

St Aubyns School from Essex was the overall winner in Haileybury’s annual Science Challenge, held last Thursday.

Section winners included Hertfordshire school, Ralph Sadlier (Biology), North London’s Cavendish School (Chemistry) and Southgate’s Vita ex Pax School (Physics). Cash prizes and trophies went to all four winners.

This year’s experiments were based on the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and involved making a boat to carry treasure, distinguishing between four samples of rum (three of which contained poison!), analysing drinking water, separating chocolate from cookies, making monkeys that were suitably camouflaged for life on a pirate ship, and evaluating the amount of vitamin C in different fruits for Captain Jack Sparrow’s next trip.

There was also a thermo-sensitive treasure map, and the team from Quainton Hall School in Harrow located and won the won the chocolate treasure.

Thanks to MSD for their sponsorship of the event and congratulations to all the winners.