University of Otago, New Zealand


Te Tari Hua-Ruanuku

2013 High School Chemistry Quiz

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Quiz night group photo

On September 25th this year 45 teams of Year 12 and 13 chemistry students form schools around Otago and Southland, met at the Otago Museum’s Hutton Theatre for the 10th High School Chemistry Quiz. As usual, pizza from Poppa’s Pizzeria, along with drinks and chips were enjoyed before the serious quizzing began.

Sample Questions:

  1. Where is the oldest university in New Zealand, and where is the oldest university in the world?
  2. If 16 g of methane reacts completely with 16 g of oxygen gas, what mass of water is produced?
  3. How many isotopes of phosphorus are there – 8, 15 or 23?
  4. Name the Superheroes associated with each of the following people: Alfred the Butler, Lois Lane, Gwen Stacy, David Banner, Thomas Logan, Amy Pond?

As always, my thanks to our sponsors, The University Bookshop, Poppas Pizzas, The Otago Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry and the University of Otago, as well as to the staff and students from the chemistry department who helped out on the night.


After five rounds of questions, and a tense tie-breaker round to decide the 2nd and 3rd place getters, the results were:

1st Bond – Covalent Bond (St Hilda’s Collegiate School)
Claudia Paterson
Ester Fogarty
Kate Holden
Harriet George
2nd Only Taking Chem to make Meth (Otago Girls High School)
Thalia Wilkin
Kristy Pauling
Eleanor Hay
3rd Team E (St Hilda’s Collegiate School)
Ellen Buchanan
Kate Hesson
Anne-Sophie Page
Holly Campbell

Winning Chemical haiku’s

Helium, my friend
I watch you float above me
In a big balloon

CSC Stars

Dead Chemist, what now?
All my good ideas Ar-gon
Why don't we Bari-um?

In our element

Dr Phillips is cool
He draws nice dinosaurs
He is our idol

Only Taking Chem to make Meth

Blinding white lab coats
Mirror the brilliance of
True chemical form

John at the train station
(Note, not the best Haiku but definitely one of the nest team names)

Tears, Time and Solvents -
Precipitates never form:
How I wish they would