Completed over a six-week time frame, enterprising Culcheth High School STEM Club students from Years 8, 9 and 10
worked in small groups to complete a STEM Business Challenge, which was recently judged by current Sellafield Apprentices (including former CHS student, Steven Macilwaine).

The aim was for students to learn how to set up and run a small business with the aim of producing, advertising and selling a marketable product. Students had to work in departments, led by a Managing Director, to record and complete Risk Assessments, minutes of meetings, costing sheets, etc. and produce a commercially viable product which would then be sold in and around school.

The four ‘companies’ created a range of key-rings (some made using the school’s laser cutter and some by Finlay Patterson’s 3D printer!) and Christmas Cards and sold them in the run up to Christmas. They then evaluated their overall success and presented their achievements to the guest judges, with the winning team being from Year 8! Due to the impressive products made using the 3D Printer, the students have decided that they would like the money to go towards purchasing a 3D Printer for use by all STEM Club students in the future. Many thanks to Sellafield for their continuing support via the STEM Ambassadors programme and a very well done to all involved.

Mrs Andrews, Mrs Shaw & Mrs Winstanley