School closures? Presenting IRIS ‘At Home Research’ project

With multiple public health measures to slow and suppress the spread of coronavirus, we appreciate many passionate young researchers will be at home or not have the opportunity to continue their research as normal. We also know that many schools are sending home ‘work packs’ with students so we thought we would try to help.

Marcus, our lovely team member and science teacher, has developed the Research in Schools – At Home project – a research project students can do from home; no classroom, teacher or lab equipment needed.

You can find it here:

This Research in Schools – At Home project, based on the James Webb Space Telescope, allows students to explore key GCSE Physics themes such as the Electromagnetic Spectrum and Life Cycle of a Star. It introduces students to the advance skills of Photometry and Spectroscopy expanding learning outside the curriculum and developing their science capital. This is real science and students will be using similar techniques and sources that post graduate astronomers are using at universities across the world! The project is suitable as a challenge for Year 10 and 11 students and high ability Year 9 students. KS5 students can also complete this project.

Completing this project will represent approximately 10 hours’ work for a student carrying it out at home. When the project is complete, it is submitted to us by the student and we will issue all participating students with a certificate.

We’ll still be here in September, ready to help you inspire and excite your students with more cutting-edge research that they can carry out in school.

If there is anything you think we can help with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and each other.

With all best wishes,
Jo and the team at IRIS


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