Keswick School students scoop 18 CREST Bronze Awards

Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds. The awards give young people the opportunity to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects in an exciting way.

During the summer term at Keswick School, Year 8 students have the opportunity to get involved in the Science.  During the 12 weeks, up to 24 students take on a STEM challenge, with the possibility of winning the challenge and also receiving a CREST Bronze Award.

In Summer 2015, the Science Club took on ‘The Squashed Tomato Challenge’, a fantastic challenge set up by Practical Action. The student teams are given the task of designing, building and testing a way of moving tomatoes that won't squash them! The project aims to enhance farmers’ lives in Nepal. Many of these farmers live on the mountainside and grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell their produce at the local market. The problem is getting to market as it involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountain side and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes may well be a bit squashed.

This years’ winning team managed to transport over 100 tomatoes in one minute, down the simulated slope without squashing them, AND they also managed to get the tomatoes washed at the bottom of the hill!

Well done to all the students who competed in this years’ competition and achieved their CREST Bronze Awards.  We would encourage them, and others, to continue to get involved in school STEM activities, clubs and competitions in the future.

Simon Jackson, Headteacher said “Creativity and research are two essential elements of solving problems in engineering, science and technology. The awards help develop these skills and I’m delighted that so many of our students take up the challenge through science clubs.”