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5th October 2021

Two St Brendan’s chemistry students are walking on air after being recognised for their hard work as part of the Air Quality Competition 2021.

Jacob Penney and Jakob Medlin have been named the winners of the competition, hosted by the Bristol ChemLabS (University of Bristol), for their atmospheric chemistry project.

Working with DEFRA’s extensive database on air quality measurements from across the country, and using scientific and medical references, the project looked at the impact of lockdown on air pollution.

The students have each received a certificate and a cash prize in recognition of their accomplishment, and the award will provide a great boost for applications for university, apprenticeships, or jobs.  

“It’s a great feeling to be able to apply what you’ve learnt and use it for a project focused on something as important as climate change and the quality of the air we breathe,” said Jakob, who studies Maths and Computer Science A-levels alongside A-level Chemistry. “The project involved managing and analysing a lot of data. The real life science and application behind the work made it well worthwhile.”

Jacob, who is also in his second year of A-level Chemistry, Maths and Physics, said: “Being recognised for our hard work is a great feeling. I enjoyed working to tackle a problem using real data from the Government. I am really looking forward to continuing to do independent research projects like this one next year as I am aiming to go to university to study chemistry or physics.”

Read more about studying chemistry at St Brendan’s here.