Boston Spa students win top awards

Fifteen Sixth Form students from Boston Spa School have earned prestigious gold awards in the national Crest scheme that encourages the scientists and engineers of the future. (S)
Fifteen Sixth Form students from Boston Spa School have earned prestigious gold awards in the national Crest scheme that encourages the scientists and engineers of the future. (S)

Some 15 Sixth Form students from Boston Spa School have earned prestigious gold awards in a national scheme that encourages the scientists and engineers of the future.

The Crest scheme, run by the British Science Association, is a programme of awards that gives students in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) tangible recognition for real world, hands on project work.

John Coombes Head of Science, said: “The Gold CREST award recognises the six months hard work and effort put in by the teams, working with our Science Technicians, to organise, plan and deliver very popular science clubs amongst our younger students.

“This year’s teams worked to a particularly high level and the CREST assessor was greatly impressed with the standard of the reports.”

The scheme is open to 11 to 19 year olds, with only the most advanced students aged 16 plus eligible for Gold awards.

The Sixth Form students worked in two teams to set up science clubs for lower school students.

The clubs focused on ‘Solving a Murder using Forensic Techniques’ and ‘Investigating the Properties of Everyday Phenomena’.

Darren Carver-Balsiger took part in the project in Year 12 and is delighted to have a Gold Award.

He said: “I really enjoyed the project, it has helped me develop my science understanding and applying for University courses.”

Head teacher Christopher Walsh commented: “The scheme allows students to develop their team working and project management skills, which will set them apart when they apply for university.

“I am delighted that their work with our Year 7 and 8 students has been recognised with such a prestigious award.”