British Science Association CREST Discovery Day in our Bristol office

On Tuesday 20 February 2024, we were thrilled to welcome 28 students from Kings Oak Academy to our Bristol office for a British Science Association (BSA) CREST Awards Discovery Day.

CREST Discovery (typically for students aged 10-to-14) is a great first introduction to project work and helps students develop teamwork and hands-on investigative skills; they work in small groups to solve a STEM challenge. Students complete a Discovery ‘passport’ as they make their way through the day, to reflect on their experience, and present their work at the end of the day to receive their certificates.

This was the third CREST Discovery Day we have hosted, having previously held others in our London and Manchester offices. Keeping the same theme, 'sustainability', the students researched and developed ideas and presented them to the "Dragons" (Richard Johnson, Paul Dunne and Thomas Lonsdale). 


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The Year 9 students came up with some amazing ideas, including recycling tyres with solar energy to make inflatable dinghies, an electric car with integrated renewable energy generation, refillable hair care products using glass bottles with some of the profits going to turtle conservation, and a photovoltaic timepiece (digital clock) with a phone charging capability.





We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone that played a part in the success of the day: Daniel Brodsky, Grace Poole, Sneha Srinivas, Rob Walker, Becky Brooks, Maria Hall, Rachel Jiggens, our IT department, and of course the BSA for making this possible.

More about the BSA and our support

Since 2020, we have proudly been supporting the British Science Association (BSA) and their CREST Awards programme, having made donations of £128,000 so far to help young people, no matter their background, get into science.

The BSA’s mission is to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science; to reach under-served audiences; and to increase the number of people who are actively engaged and involved in science. Last year our focus was on helping kids complete the CREST Awards. This year we have focussed on enabling schools to run them.

Find out more about our support in 2023 and the amazing benefits this brings to students from our own Toby Hill who is a recipient of a CREST Award himself. 

Read their latest impact report to find out more.

"We're immensely proud to be working with the BSA. Our vision is to enable more young people to get into science no matter what their background or circumstances. As a firm we now have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, but key to a really diverse IP industry will be for a broader range of candidates to come into the jobs market. This has to start with schools and providing greater opportunities and we want to invest in making this a reality.”

Richard Clegg, Managing Partner of Mewburn Ellis.