On Thursday 26th September, Shaw Education Trust held a CREST Awards Ceremony to celebrate students’ achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Over the past academic year, students across the Trust have participated in a variety of British Science Association’s flagship programmes, helping to improve their understanding of, and develop a passion for, STEM subjects.
Organiser of the event and Director of Science for the Trust, Dawn Platt, said: “We believe that learning through investigation and exploring is a key way in which all our students can enjoy, achieve and learn through science.
“As a result we are here to celebrate the unique talents of all our students across all our schools with equal importance.”
CREST is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM subjects, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage young people from as young as 5 up to 19-year olds.
Keele University’s and the Ogden Science Trust’s Science Out Reach Officer, Scott Walker, joined the celebrations to personally congratulate students and reward them with their certificates.
Speaking of the importance of the event, Mrs Platt commented: “We aim to inspire young people to think and behave like scientists, so today is a landmark celebration for Shaw Education Trust. It is the culmination of hard work from staff in our schools who fly the flag for science and of course the dynamic determination of our students.
“As a multi-academy trust we have encouraged all our secondary, primary and special schools to participate in the CREST Awards scheme. We are proudly celebrating students’ hard work and achievements at all levels of awards from 5-14 years old.”
With science, research, engineering and technology jobs set to grow at double the rate of other occupations between now and 2031, encouraging STEM in schools, boosting students’ interest in science and ultimately raising aspirations can’t be a bad thing for the future workplace.