RSC 5-Decade Exam Challenge winners announced

10 July 2008

The Royal Society of Chemistry's "5-decade Challenge" was won yesterday by Nathan Brown of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys in Birmingham.

The runners-up were:

Aled Walker
 King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
Toryn Dalton
 Bolton School Boys' Division
William Cook
 The Manchester Grammar School
Jonathan Whitby
 The Manchester Grammar School
Alex Cutbill
 Trinity School
Martin Jackson
 The Manchester Grammar School
Gessica Howarth
 St Gerard's School Trust
Lawrence Barrott
 Royal Grammar School Guildford
Aidan Devane
 Trinity School
Jim Ashworth
 Trinity School

The challenge, to see how today's GCSE pupils fared answering questions taken from chemistry papers since the 1960s, caused much media interest.

The winner receives 1,000, as does his school, while the runners-up will get 500, with their schools getting that sum also.

We appreciate and value the enthusiasm and cooperation shown by everybody who engaged in the challenge - pupils and teachers - and wish them well in their future studies.

Science pupils couldn't handle O-level questions in online challenge

1960s O' level chemistry questions are much tougher than GCSE questions used today

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