Esher College hosted a real Celebration of student’s work once again on 22 October. The annual Nuffield Research Placement Scheme’s display and celebration of the summer projects was held for the last time with all 46 students researchers talking about their placements to some 100 visitors. The Vice-Chair of Surrey County Council attended along with special guest Mark Havler from Surrey Wildlife Trust, who spoke about the importance of students participating in fieldwork and collecting data. Surrey Wildlife Trust had certainly benefitted over the years from their work and hopefully this can continue. Mark has personally supervised many students over the years – this year, 6 students completed project with his help and support. SATRO Patron Jon Tickle expressed his admiration for the standard of work achieved by the students which, he said, was of an even higher standard than last year! Many students are contributing to publications through their supervisors, who have said that they prefer a month of a Nuffield students to a year’s work from an undergraduate!
Michael Overy from Epsom and Ewell High School, and Hannah Banks from Tiffin Girls School were presented with a certificate for best project for 2013. All students received the Gold CREST Award!
Friday, 25 October 2013
”It was fun way of learning about engineering and also we all learnt to work as a team” - parent
“It made me want to become an engineer” – pupil
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Friday 18 October - teams from nine schools were briefed on the challenge at Cisco’s offices at Bedfont Lakes. They will spend the next five months working with Cisco mentors on their apps before returning to have them judged – generous prizes await the winners. Derek Nottingham spoke about the importance of STEM and arts subjects. Pete Rai, also from Cisco, encouraged teams to include some programming. Three teams unable to attend will be briefed this week and meet their mentors after half term.
Friday, 11 October 2013
Teachers were delighted with the activities: “[pupils] had to use investigative skills – a very good challenge”; “What a fantastic day! Both children and teacher learnt lots whilst having fun”
Children’s comments included: “It has improved my confidence about science” “it has inspired me to do more at home” “I learnt to keep on trying if it does not work first time”
This two day event was kindly sponsored by Councillor Peter Lambell.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
With the support of David Munro, Chair of Surrey County Council, SATRO presented our work to a dynamic and enthusiastic audience. We were all then treated to a tour of the historic championship cars and trophies. Thanks to all who took part – next stop, Monaco!