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BTEC Level 3 Sci­ence Trip

science200The BTEC Level 3 Sci­ence stu­dents vis­ited the Kent Resource Cen­tre located on the Kent Sci­ence Park in Sit­ting­bourne. It offered them the oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence the prac­ti­cal tech­niques asso­ci­ated with the the­ory learned in class. Indi­vid­u­ally they car­ried out Aspirin syn­the­sis and dif­fer­ent tech­niques to esti­mate the purity of the Aspirin made. The tech­niques that were used var­ied, these included: pH test­ing, melt­ing point deter­mi­na­tion, High Per­for­mance Liq­uid Chro­matog­ra­phy and Infrared Spec­troscopy. The stu­dents also con­ducted a pater­nity test using gel elec­trophore­sis tech­nique, look­ing at DNA frag­ments from a mother, child and two poten­tial fathers. These prac­ti­cal activ­i­ties gave our stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to gain first hand expe­ri­ence of using lab­o­ra­tory instru­ments and an insight into the world of prac­ti­cal sci­ence and what it is like to work in a lab­o­ra­tory set­ting. With guid­ance from the lab­o­ra­tory staff at the Resource Cen­tre the stu­dents found this expe­ri­ence invalu­able and helped make the pro­ce­dures easy to under­stand and enjoy­able. Over­all, the day was enjoyed by all and they all gained some expe­ri­ence in this field of work for the future.