Monday 2nd February 2009 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Oliver Hawkes has received the BA Crest gold award for work he produced at the University of Northampton. Oliver received a Nuffield Bursary to undertake a month-long placement at the University last summer.
He worked with Dr Scott Turner in the Applied Science computer department developing the use of problem solving robots. The training material he wrote is being used by students at the University and, at a recent presentation evening with other bursary students, Oliver outlined the work he had carried out.
That led to him being awarded the BA Crest award, which is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science and technology for students aged 11-19. Its aim is to encourage students to take a problem-solving stance when tackling scientific or engineering problems and to encourage them to consider careers in these areas.
Students who receive the Gold award must have completed 100 hours of project work and are often teamed with a mentor from industry or higher education. Oliver was presented with his certificate by Katherine Kerswell, the Chief Executive of Northants County Council.
He said: 'It was great to see how the work that I've made is being used and to know that people are finding it challenging. Presenting my work was a really good experience too.'