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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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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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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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A sixth-former's view by Annabelle (2013)

Annabelle receiving her award

Annabelle Richmond, winner of the Year 12-13 Systems and Control category, gives her thoughts on the 2013 CSES Schools' Competition.

I didn't know about the competition or the CSES until a few weeks prior to the event. One of the teachers at my school asked me if I'd like to take my project to the competition for the day with a few friends who were entering, and who also won prizes!

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