Sixth Form students who took part in the Engineering Education Scheme, attended the Celebration of Achievement Day at Newcastle University on Friday 31st March.
Both teams achieved gold CREST awards for their work, being beaten on this occasion by the team from West Lakes Academy who won the overall prize.
The Engineering Education Scheme links teams of four Year 12 students and their teacher with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems.
Two teams were entered from St Benedict’s, one working with NNL, and the other with Sellafield.
The annual Engineering Education Scheme began last year with Sixth Form students having weekly meetings with their mentors, having been set their tasks for the scheme.
The engineering mentors from NNL and Sellafield have visited their teams on a weekly basis, and the scheme culminated with a 3 day residential back in December.
Mr James, from St Benedict’s has overseen the whole project:
“It has been pleasing to see how the students have developed into confident problem solving engineers since they began this scheme last year. Both teams have worked hard and have produced strong reports. The skills developed from this scheme will benefit them in their future studies and eventual careers.”
Mr Smith, Head teacher at St Benedict’s:
“I am pleased that St Benedict’s students continue to be a part of the Engineering Education Scheme. I am grateful to all the staff and members of NNL, Sellafield and the University of Newcastle for their support of our students this year.”
Jake Nicholson, System Engineer at Sellafield managed one of the two teams:
“From being previously involved in the scheme as a student, I understand the level of work and effort required to complete this 6 month project. The scheme offers a high level of achievement & has a uniqueness which shows in the world of STEM when applying for University or a job. Each year presents a new challenge and it is always a pleasure to see the students grow and develop, learning new skills and pushing boundaries.”