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Model students pick up science award

Swindon Advertiser: Switched on students from Royal Wootton Bassett Academy who have won an award for their science technology and maths skills are pictured with teachers Stephanie Payne and Sarah Day Switched on students from Royal Wootton Bassett Academy who have won an award for their science technology and maths skills are pictured with teachers Stephanie Payne and Sarah Day

ASPIRING engineers at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy were thrilled when they were presented with an award usually reserved for GCSE students.

Twelve students in Year 9 received the award in recognition of their commitment to science, technology, engineering and maths through the engineering club they set up last October.

Sarah Day, KS4 Co-Ordinator for DT, said: ”There isn’t much interest in jobs in the engineering industry so we wanted to set something up to encourage youngsters to consider engineering as a career.

“It started off as a weekly club and we had guest speakers from TE-Connectivity and Praxair.

“We started working on a project and the students had to build a model of an eco school.”

As well as bringing home their qualifications they also won a silver trophy in the Go4Set awards after being recognised by their peers in the national inter-school competition.

Callum Bradley, a team leader in the engineering club, said: “I’ve always been interested in engineering and I always used to enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together again.

“The club has been really good fun, we all got into it. It was also a really good opportunity to get a qualification.

“I’m really pleased with how we did.”

To find out more about Go4Set, visit www.etrust.org.uk/go4set.cfm

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