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Toolooa Teams Awarded 2nd Place and 6th Place in CQ Region Titration Competition

21/08/2014
 
Toolooa Teams Awarded 2nd Place and 6th Place in CQ Region Titration Competition
 
 
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Australian National Chemical Analysis (Titration) Competition has been running since 1984. Acid-base titration is a method in chemistry that allows quantitative analysis of the concentration of an unknown acid or base solution. This technique is used for chemical analysis in nearly every working laboratory.
 
The competition has two stages – the first round involves Regional Competitions in each state. The teams that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the Regional Competition are then invited to take part in the National Finals.
 
This year there were 20 teams competing in the Central Queensland competition, from as far south as Bundaberg and as far north as Yeppoon.
 
Toolooa State High School entered two teams in the regional competition which took place on Thursday the 7th of August. Team 1 (consisting of Kahla Button, Zoe Frazer and Kaitlyn Read) obtained an excellent result and placed 2nd in the regional competition.
Team 2 (consisting of Andrea Ispanavic, Ksenia Metilkiva and Shan Lakshmanan) were not far behind them, taking out 6th place in the regional competition.
 
As Team 1 finished in a top 3 position, the members of Team 1 have now been invited to take place in the National Finals which will take place in October.
There are 12 teams from four different Queensland regions that are Queensland finalists in the National Competition. Each team of finalists across the nation competes in their local area on various dates in October with the support of their local university.  These teams compete against all the finalists for every other Australian state and territory.
 
The National Finals are even more demanding that the regional competition. Students have just two hours to complete the complicated analysis and calculations. Each year only the best teams in the Finals achieve remarkable accuracy in this quite difficult exercise. We would like to wish the members of Team 1 the best of luck in the National Finals Competition.
 
The school and students would like to thank Mrs Heather Warren and QAL as QAL has provided chemicals for practice sessions and Mrs Warren has continued to donate her time to help train students during the after-school practice sessions.