Last term Year 8 pupils were given the opportunity to complete a CREST Award; to design and build a hand washing device for a school in Kenya.
The Crest Awards are the British Science Association’s scheme for STEM project work that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. The team project called “Stop the spread” was produced by Practical Action for Youth Grand Challenges in partnership with the CREST Awards. This hands on enquiry based STEM project, challenged pupils to find a real solution to a global problem. The focus of the challenge was to improve hygiene as a way of reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
In 2015 the UN set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), aiming to end poverty by 2030. The Year 8 pupils research focused on two of these: health and wellbeing and water and sanitation, in order to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all.
Pupils worked in teams to build a model of a hand washing device and produce educational materials suitable for a primary school in Kenya.
76 plastic bottles and 17 straws recycled, a roll of Sellotape, 2 packs of blue tack, K-Nex, 44 wooden lolly sticks and buckets of enthusiasm later, the girls presented their projects to each other and the judges.
Once the presentations were completed to each of the classes, they were peer assessed and one team was selected to represent them in the grand finale this week. The three teams presented their design and educational materials to Mrs Prescott and Mrs Parker, the Year 8 Tutors and the year group. All of the pupils demonstrated outstanding literacy and communication skills as well as design, finance, and engineering skills. Judging was difficult but congratulations to Team MESS; Maria, Ella, Scarlett and Sophia who were the overall winners.
‘It was a nail biting final,’ said Dr Stockton-Chalk, Coordinator of the Gifted, Able and Talented Enrichment programme (GATE). ‘All the girls presented some tremendous designs and worked so hard on this project.’