PUPILS at Blundell's marked their achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at a celebration evening at the school recently.

The year eight pupils have had a number of successes working as teams and individually in these subjects, including one team winning a place in the finals of the national Science and Engineering competition.

Jenni Olive, Academic Head for years seven and eight said: “The pupils have been inspired and challenged to do their best throughout the projects.

“The reports and models they have produced are amazing but, more than this, the skills they have learned about teamwork, meeting deadlines and communication are so impressive to see.”

Four teams took part in Go4SET, a scheme run by the Engineering Development Trust linking schools with companies to offer a ten week STEM experience, and worked with engineers from Mouchel, the international infrastructure and business services group.

For this, the teams wrote a formal report, made a model of their design and gave a presentation as part of the assessment process to the Go4SET (Exeter region) panel of judges.

Their projects were then judged at the Big Bang Fair South West.

At the latter, one team won the CREST prize for Creativity in a Project for their 'Create Sport Eco Gym' and a place in the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition 2014/15, while another won the STEM club award for Best Presented Stand and the award for Best Communicator, Engineering and Technology.

Another team won the Go4SET Most Innovative Project award for their floating eco-classroom.

In addition, all pupils in Year 8 took part in CREST projects through their Science lessons on a variety of subjects such as Rainforests and Jungles (Biology), Who Dunnit? (Chemistry) and Fun of the Fair (Physics). These projects and the Go4SET projects were displayed at a celebration evening at Blundell's for parents, teachers, tutors and partners such as Mouchel.