Gold CREST Award for engineering students

Martin Cuddy (Photek link mentor), Jessica Liu, Alicia Critchley, Bonnie Tse,  Georgianna Kloos and Caroline Welford with Physics teacher Katren Bishop SUS-150514-151135001
Martin Cuddy (Photek link mentor), Jessica Liu, Alicia Critchley, Bonnie Tse, Georgianna Kloos and Caroline Welford with Physics teacher Katren Bishop SUS-150514-151135001

Five Lower Sixth Form students from Burgess Hill School for Girls excelled during their Engineering Education Scheme (EES) assessment day at the University of Brighton on 16 April.

This event was the conclusion of a six month engineering project with the school’s link company, Photek UK Ltd.

Jessica Liu, Alicia Critchley, Bonnie Tse, Georgianna Kloos and Caroline Welford were awarded the coveted National Gold CREST Award (Creativity in Science and Technology) by the British Science Association, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research in engineering.

The girls’ project, which was the design and automation of an ultraviolet spectrometer, was assessed by a panel of senior professional engineers. The girls were required to produce a display of their work, give a technical presentation, answer wide ranging technical and problem solving questions from the assessors, and provide a formal written technical report. As one of only seven schools in the South East region to take part, the assessors were particularly impressed with the expertise demonstrated by the girls in a technically demanding project, both in their written report and in their verbal communication.

The project forms an integral part of Photek’s continuing development of highly sensitive light detectors, for applications such as space research and missile warning systems.

Report and picture contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.