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Science Award Success for Sixth Formers

On Monday 10th November four Grange Technology College Sixth Form students attended a Celebration Event hosted by the Nuffield Foundation at the University of Bradford.  

The event was  to celebrate their completion of their British Science Association Gold Crest Award. Over the summer of 2014, courtesy of the Nuffield Foundation, the students, all of whom are studying Science and Mathematics at A Level spent a four week work placement working with senior scientists, engineers and researchers in top Universities across the region.  The students gave up holiday or changed their holiday plans in favour of work placements supporting research projects investigating areas including the effect of aircraft design on passenger comfort, the effect of hair dye on hair and innovations in forensic science through the use of ear prints to link criminals to burglary.

Each had to create a detailed report about the area their respective subjects.  There was a serious side to the celebration as students Hafsah Khan, Mohammed Tayyab Khan, Sibtal Shah and Abdul Baasit Tahir displayed and were questioned on their reports.  This project was a key element of the Gold Crest Award, which they were all successful in achieving. 

Anne Dubickas, Head of Science at Grange said:  “It is always a proud moment as a teacher to celebrate the success of any of our young people.  They have put in a great deal of work and completed their placements in such exemplary fashion.  They all enjoyed the challenge and worked hard throughout to complete their Gold Crest awards.   Hopefully they have learned more about the subjects and about what they would like to do in the future.  They are all a credit to themselves and the school and we are delighted that to be able to offer another four placements in 2015.”   

Grange student and Head Boy Sibtul Shah, who was placed at the University of Huddersfield said:  “This was a great opportunity for me to gain experience in a professional environment and to learn about an area of science which I knew very little about.  Hard work and dedication are two fundamentals that lead to success but without experience you are limited. Working in the Surface Metallurgy department at the University of Huddersfield was really interesting and enabled me to use and learn about new scientific equipment and methods.  Most importantly, the experience has helped me develop skills which will prepare me for university such as research and report writing techniques.”