STUDENTS from Sawtry solved murders, took part in scientific challenges and learnt kitchen chemistry at a science festival in Norwich.

The University of East Anglia invited scientists Kiran Mistry, Elliot Rose, Eva Davies and Hannah Chatfield, pictured, from Sawtry Community College to join around 150 others from the region for the Salters' Festival of Chemistry. The Year 8 students took part in a range of practical challenges, problem solving tasks and laboratory experiments. At the end of the day, the winners and runners up of the tasks were presented with prizes.

Vanessa Tarling, UEA outreach officer, said: "The school children played detective by using logic and forensic chemistry to investigate a murder, as well as witnessing the spectacular, award-winning 'Kitchen Chemistry' Science show delivered by Dr Stephen Ashworth from the School of Chemistry."