Winter Newsletter 2015 - page 8

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GTS Staff awarded 'CREST
Teacher Participation Award'
We are delighted to announce that Great Torrington School has been
awarded a 2014-2015 'CREST Teacher Participation Award' by the
British Science Association. This award acknowledges the school's
outstanding support of CREST Awards. In the last year the team
supported 188 pupils to achieve their bronze CREST Award and this
figure is set to grow in 2015-2106.
The CREST Awards are all about students engaging in real and
meaningful STEM projects and seeing through their ideas from
inception to completion and reflection. The scheme promotes
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and this is
promoted and led very effectively through the enrichment programme
at Great Torrington School. In 2014-2015 pupils took part in CREST
Awards that included, 'Animal Enrichment' working with Paignton Zoo,
'Fizzy Drinks' making their own ginger beer, 'Fizzy Bath Bombs',
'Guitar Making', 'Skateboard making', 'Build an Amplifier' and 'Forensic
Science' with the police making a visit the GTS Crime Lab!
Well done team GTS, your recognition of outstanding contribution to
enriching pupils' experiences of STEM subjects has truly been
deserved.
Staff recognised are; Tara Neve-Scott, Will Dorrell, Scott Davies,
Rachel Higgs, Nick Naylor, Katy Quick, Jenny Nicholson, Gill Kerr,
Dave Rawle, Jacqui Whiteman and Alison Ross.
Robotics and
Coding
On Tuesday 8
th
December, GTS Lego robotics
team participated in their local
First Lego League
Competition.
Coached by Mr Davies in
Enrichment time, ten students competed against
other schools in this event focused on robot
coding and scientific research. The Lego kits are
part of the LEGO ® MINDSTORMS ® range.
In the competition, teams must show their skills
designing and coding small Lego robots which
have to successfully perform a list of actions with
a present track. Points achieved throughout the
different rounds set the final ranking.
This is the third year that GTS has taken part in
the annual competition at Callington, but the first
time for all the students taking part. They did very
well and had a really enjoyable time. Well done
GTS.
Lego League Team
Lego League Competition
School News
Science Live
The Science department took 50 year 11
pupils to Bristol to listen to the country’s
leading Scientists.
The Pupils were blown away with professor
Jim Al-Khalili’s explanation to whether time
travel was possible by bending time and
using Einstein’s theory of relativity, to
Professor Alice Roberts proving evidence of
evolution without the use of fossils. A true
insight into the passion and reality of the
Scientific World.
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