On Thursday 19th January, some senior pupils studying Advanced Higher and Higher Chemistry had the opportunity to attend a “Spectroscopy in a Suitcase” workshop at Ullapool High School. This is an outreach activity from Edinburgh University and provided a rare opportunity to see and use some analytical techniques only usually available in University laboratories. The theories behind UV-Vis, IR and NMR spectroscopy are studied at Advanced Higher. In this workshop, pupils learnt about the theory and used some of the equipment for a problem-solving activity.
The pictures above and linked on Flickr show our pupils in action during the practical work, the high quality of their results (the graph is a straight line!) and the whole group including the workshop leaders from Edinburgh and Ullapool pupils.