Following on from completing our Silver Crest Awards and Gold Crest Awards, a group of seven of us got to spend the day at St George’s Hall in Liverpool for the annual Big Bang Fair. The Fair is part of the National Science and Engineering competition and we had to create a display board of the projects we have been working on all year and be judged by engineers/teachers/people employed in industry. We also got to see many other interesting projects from pupils at other schools – such as “How to make the Perfect Cup of Tea” and “Do our Teachers’ Genders really matter?”
In between talking to teachers and judges about our display boards, we got to experience the exhibitions at the World Museum next door and take part in hands-on activities with companies like Novartis and Sellafield.
From our Gold Crest, the four of us Sixth Form students displayed our work on improving the lighting system in the electrolysis room at Ineos Chlor. The two Year 11 Silver Crest students also got to show their work off – Emma Bailey with “Are Fingerprints Hereditary?” and Emily Earps with “Could there be another Planet like ours?”
We are really happy to say that Emily won an award at the end of the day for her project and will be going through to the next round of the competition in London!
Well done Emily
The whole day was a very fun and worthwhile experience and the best of luck to Emily for the next round!
Year 12 students have completed their Engineering Education Scheme project working with Ineos Chlor on designs for replacing overhead lighting in electrolyser rooms. They attended the Celebration and Assessment day at Liverpool University, successfully presenting their work to a panel of engineers and gaining CREST Gold Award certificates in recognition of their work on the project.
One of our participating students writes…
Tags: Big Bang Fair, Engineering, Science
“As well as completing the Engineering Education Scheme whilst working with Ineos Chlor, the four of us also completed our Gold Crest Awards. The British Science Association award the Gold Crest to 16-19 year olds, who have a Science-based project which involved 70+ hours of work. For younger students, there are the Bronze and Silver Awards as well. Last year, 300,000 Crest Awards were given out to students who conducted research or completed experiments on a Science topic of their choice.
Since October, the four of us have enjoyed working with our engineer from Ineos Chlor – participating in a residential trip in Liverpool, a site visit to the chemical plant itself and a Celebration and Assessment Day. The whole experience was definitely worthwhile and if there are any younger students eager to pursue a future in Science, Engineering or Maths, I highly recommend completing a Crest Award.”