Students from St Benedict’s have returned from a recent challenge organised through the Engineering Development Trust’s (EDT) with a new trophy.
The challenge, called Go4Set, is a 10-week STEM project, and the two teams from St Benedict’s have been working with mentors from Low Level Waste Repository Ltd (LLWR).
The ten weeks included a project launch event, and culminated in the recent Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD) which was held at Teesside University.
Two teams were entered from St Benedict’s from Year 8. The students have been working on Eco friendly projects (a hotel, and a sports centre) and they presented this at the CAD.
One of the teams came home as winners after being chosen as Overall Best Project:
They designed an eco-hotel. This involved researching suitable materials for the build and research into forms of energy generation.
Both teams produced reports detailing their design. They also had to produce a model of their project, a display stand and produce a 5-minute presentation.
The judges were impressed by the winning team’s report, enthusiasm and knowledge. They also commented on how well they presented and also commented on how eye-catching their display was.
The other team also impressed the judges with their enthusiasm and ideas. They designed an eco-sports centre. The judges particularly liked the idea of getting the gym visitors to help supply electricity from the exercise bikes.
Will James, Science teacher at the school comments:
“I was very impressed by the students conduct and attitude on the day, they have been an absolute pleasure to supervise since the project began. The activity has given the students a greater insight into the workplace and STEM careers.”
“Both teams did exceptionally well, and all have grown in confidence. Credit must be given to both teams especially as they had less time to complete their projects compared to the other competing teams. I would also like to thank LLWR for supporting the project.”
The students will achieve their Industrial Cadet Bronze Award for the project. Industrial Cadets is a national standard for workplace experiences, inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales, to ensure that young people develop skills by taking part in these accredited experiences.