Recently 14 first year A-level Chemistry students from Collyer’s joined 160 others from across Sussex for Sir Harry Kroto Day, held at the University of Sussex.
Assistant Director of the Faculty for Science, Dr Ian Carr, explained: “Sir Harry Kroto won the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1996, for his contribution to the discovery of the ‘Bucky Ball’, a previously unknown form of carbon. Students were given a talk about his work and a workshop where they constructed their own ‘Bucky Ball’ model. The day was a fantastic experience for us all.”
Diana Janus (Head of Chemistry), Chemistry teacher Chris Brett and Ian Carr accompanied the students, who enjoyed a packed day of fascinating interactive activities and presentations.
Following a workshop, the students attended the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in honour of Sir Harry Kroto, who died in 2016.
Collyer’s Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “Huge thanks to the University of Sussex, Diana, Chris and Ian for making this valuable and poignant educational experience possible for our learners.”