Success stories

Since launching the STEM Club Bursary in October 2014, we have awarded

£4,598.80

to local schools and STEM Clubs. We have awarded funds to:

  • Alec Hunter Academy
  • Basildon Academies
  • Chelmer Valley High School
  • Frinton-on-Sea Primary School
  • The Gilberd School
  • Greensward Academy
  • Harwich and Dovercourt High School
  • King Edward VI Grammar School
  • Mayflower High School
  • Passmores Academy
  • Tendring Technology College
  • Thurstable School

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Greensward Academy STEM 2018

CSES support continues to have a positive impact

This article, reproduced with kind permission from Greensward Academy's STEM Roundup 2017-18 newsletter, showcases another excellent year of STEM achievement, facilitated by the CSES STEM Club Bursary and Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition.

Vegetable batteries

A team of year 7 students have been working on a project to investigate which vegetables make the best batteries, inspired by the concept of a potato clock. They have looked at how vegetable batteries work, as well as which metals make the best electrodes. They took their project to the 2018 CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition to show their research.

Vegetable Batteries

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KEGS First Lego League

KEGS Team Illuminatus

On Saturday 25 February, King Edward VI Grammar School (KEGS) Young Engineers team 'Illuminatus', all in year 8, embarked on a journey to the First Lego League (FLL) National Finals at the University of Western England in Bristol. It was a great experience and we all gained something from it.

Thank you to CSES for awarding us a STEM Club Bursary which helped us to continue with this competition and go to Bristol. Below, some of the team members have given their own accounts of the event and what they have learned from it.

Congratulations to team Illuminatus, who went on to win the Design Execution award at the 2017 Schools' Competition.

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Frinton-on-Sea Primary School

Frinton-on-Sea Primary School STEM LEGO Club

In LEGO club, we use LEGO to practise STEM skills. We have used LEGO to make boats that float, make bridges that hold at least 2 kg, create models to design specifications and learn basic coding. Our favourite challenge was to design and make a device to send a LEGO figure down a zip line. We also enjoyed building tall towers and figuring out ways to make them stable. We were happy to receive the bursary and hope to use it to get some technical LEGO and power functions so we can build moving models.

— Daniel, Christopher, Maya and Tom (10 years old)

CSES awarded a bursary of £100 to Frinton-on-Sea Primary School in January 2017, followed by the STEM Club Award at the 2017 Schools' Competition.

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Greensward Academy

Greensward Academy launched a STEM club in 2015, aided by £500 of STEM Club Bursary seed funding from CSES. This grant enabled 110 students from years 7 and 8 to participate the 2015 UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. We are delighted to report that the group achieved 8 silver and 19 bronze awards at national level.

We awarded a further £500 in 2016 to enable the nascent STEM club to grow. This money was used to fund various projects including a hydroelectric power generator, which was presented at our 2016 Schools' Competition and won the £200 STEM Club Award.

So after two years and a total of £1200 of STEM Club Bursary funding, Greensward Academy has a thriving STEM Club that continues to grow and with which we will continue to be involved. This is an excellent example of how the STEM Club Bursary can help a school to start and evolve a STEM Club, and we hope that this encourages other schools to apply.

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Thurstable School EPQ

Thurstable School EPQ

We were pleased to present a bursary cheque to Thurstable School following a successful application for funding for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) requiring some specific materials.

Congratulations to Correy Andrews for his demonstration of an engine using an oxyhydrogen generator as its power source, which was Highly Commended at our 2017 Schools' Competition.

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CVHS STEM Club

We awarded a £100 STEM Club Bursary to regular attendees (and winners!) at our competition Chelmer Valley High School in 2016 to relaunch their CAD/CAM club, which specialises in the development of practical hands-on skills as well as the computer-based skills needed to design the work.

The club had had to close in 2015 due to budget cuts but we were very pleased to be able to resurrect it. We wish the club every success and look forward to working with them in the future.

True to form, CVHS put in a strong showing at our 2016 Schools' Competition and scooped a handful of awards.

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