Students Sam Tran and Nayan Kumar are setting up an after-school Stem Society where members can take part in fun projects and even earn enough credits to gain a CREST Gold award for their work.
The weekly club, on a Wednesday evening, will initially be open only to Sixth Formers, but it may expand the other year groups in future. Sam and Nayan want it to be friendly, informative and practical and the first session begins next term with students able to choose which of two projects they want to tackle. Sam and Nayan hope the society will be a way for students to escape from the pressures of studying for exams, while honing their design, scientific and mathematical skills.
Regular attendance would mean that students could be eligible for the CREST Gold award which is awarded by the British Science Association and given to students that have worked for at least 70 hours outside school times on a STEM project.
Sam said: ‘We hope the society will attract students who are very interested in design and passionate about science, technology and maths. Students concentrate a lot on their exams and get exam stress whereas we are trying to get them to find enjoyment in things such as science. It is open to students even if they aren’t studying a STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject. Mr Browne has given us a lot of advice on starting it up and he will advise and supervise us in the workshops. People can come along as and when they want. It is about fun and developing a passion.’