Talented students are celebrating after receiving special awards from the British Science Association for their scientific research.
Year 8 pupils at Bothal Middle School, in Ashington, took part in the British Science Association’s CREST Awards for the first time, achieving remarkable results with 28 earning the Bronze Award for their projects.
Under the theme ‘Health and Hygiene’, each student undertook a 10 hour research challenge in their own time based on a real-world issue as part of a scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) work.
Two students; Tara Blyth and Jessica Mather also scooped prizes for their efforts at the recent Big Bang Fair North East for young scientists and engineers, earning a place representing the north east at the National Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in March 2015 at Birmingham NEC.
Nicole Sergeant, STEM learning co-ordinator at Bothal Middle School, part of Ashington Learning Partnership, said: “I am incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved.
“Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers is vital to our economy and society – that’s why initiatives encouraging young people to explore their interest in science and engineering are so important.”
Jessica was awarded the Junior Science and Mathematics Excellence Award for her research project into what age school children lead the fittest lifestyle at the North East Big Bang Fair.
Tara studied the hereditary and environmental triggers connected to Crohn’s Disease, a subject very close to her heart. She also won the Big Bang Fair North East Personal Achievement Award as well as runner up for the Junior Science and Mathematics Excellence Award.
Colin Wilkinson, who organises the CREST Awards in Northumberland and runs the heats of the National Science & Engineering Competition at the Big Bang Fair North East, said: “For a school and a teacher doing CREST for the first time, Bothal Middle has done extremely well – their entries are exceptionally good, and I am sure that the students will gain an enormous amount from their visit to Birmingham next March.
“I’m delighted the students have the exciting opportunity to showcase their talent and represent the region at the Big Bang UK Fair – I am sure that the projects we have nominated will stand up well to the judge’s scrutiny.”