Corby teacher wins recognition for science projects

Nigel Barrett, a teacher at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby
Nigel Barrett, a teacher at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby

A teacher at a Corby school has won recognition after pupils successfully completed science and technology projects.

Nigel Barrett, a design technology teacher at Brooke Weston Academy, has received a certificate for the work he has carried out for the Crest award scheme.

Accredited by the British Science Association, it awards students for science and technology projects and during the past academic year 72 students have received certificates for their work at bronze, silver and gold levels.

Mr Barrett ensured that their projects met the Crest criteria and also completed administrative records so that students received the correct certification.

He has mentored Brooke Weston Academy’s Crest entrants for the past nine years and was surprised and delighted to receive a certificate for his contribution to its success.

He said: ‘The Crest awards give students extra recognition. I want to encourage people in engineering and problem-solving. I get so much out of seeing students’ success. It is very rewarding, and to receive this certificate is gratifying.”

The bronze awards require 10 hours of project work and are aimed at 11 to 14-year-olds. Silver awards can be gained by students aged 14 to 16 who have put in 30 hours on a specific project and the gold awards are given to 16 to 19-year-olds who have completed at least 70 hours on real research.

Students at Brooke Weston undertaking the engineering education scheme work a minimum of 100 extra hours on their project.

In the last academic year 66 pupils from Year 9 received Crest bronze awards, Nicole Keeling and Lauren Smith received silver awards and sixth-formers Maria Garvey, Niamh Bailey, Liam Schulz-O’Connell and Mitch Bellamy received gold.