Tuesday 14th July 2009 by C. Freeman
Year 9 DT students were awarded CREST bronze awards for 'mini-GCSE' projects which they spent a term making. The students either had to sew a textile bag from recycled material, or construct a can crusher or a flat pack item.
Each student had to provide a detailed design brief to accompany their finished product and assessor Julie Messenger from STEMNET Northampton visited to check that the items were good enough for Bronze accreditation.
The CREST scheme was set up by the British Science Association and Bronze awards are given out for projects that have taken students aged 11 to 14 more than ten hours to complete and which demonstrate that they have expanded their skills.
Mr Barrett said: 'It is like a mini-GCSE project as work had to be presented in the same way that we expect GCSEs to be handed in, so it gave students some practice at what is expected of them at the next level.'
Mr Browne added: 'Mrs Messenger was very pleased with the variety of work; the students are really independent learners and all came up with pieces that were all distinctive and individual.'