Apprenticeships are key to unlocking our science superpower
Schools must value and recommend apprenticeships if we are ever to become a ‘science superpower’, writes Jo Foster
Northern Ireland students work with leading scientists on salty research
Teens from Northern Ireland are working with leading scientists from Queens University Belfast to explore the liquid heralded as the UK innovation most likely to shape the 21st century.
BBC Look North investigates students’ research skills at St John Fisher
BBC Look North reporters visited St John Fisher in Dewsbury to learn more about students’ latest research endeavour DNA Origami.
Girls in STEM: A cause for celebration, not complacency
GCSE and A level results give grounds to rejoice about girls’ success in STEM subjects, but there is a long way to go before gender imbalance in the sciences is undone, writes Jo Foster.
Stuff clay, let’s play with DNA
These UK secondary students could quite possibly be the youngest people to construct artificial structures using DNA. They’ve been part of a pilot project investigating the emerging field of science – DNA nanotechnology.
What’s under their scopes?
Secondary students from around the country have been taking a closer look at their research subjects using an instrument more commonly found in leading universities, research organisations and high-tech companies than schools.
If the UK wants to be a science super power, research must be at the heart of science education
Jo Foster explains why student-led research should be at the heart of secondary education if the UK wants to realise its ambitions of becoming a science super power.
UK students decode parasite genome to help prevent childhood infection
Students have been helping scientists from the Sanger Institute annotate the genome of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura. Their efforts could support the development of a vaccine to prevent a neglected tropical disease linked to malnutrition and cognitive developmental problems in children.
IRIS CPD course to empower teachers with skills to embed student-led research in their schools
IRIS announces a Continuing Professional Development course for teachers wanting to embed authentic research opportunities across their school curriculum.
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The IRIS Virtual Conference: Secondary students illustrate resilience during a tough school year
We list the top research projects presented by secondary students at the IRIS Virtual Conference 2020-21.
Could research reignite teachers’ passion for science?
Dr Elizabeth Rushton, lecturer at King’s College London, talked to 50 teachers who said IRIS projects have helped them reconnect with scientific inquiry, develop new subject knowledge and connect and collaborate with scientists.
The Institute for Research in Schools announces launch of national STEM framework
IRIS will launch the national STEM Research and Innovation in Schools Framework in November 2021 with partner organisations. It will bring together best practice from the education, research and charity communities to enable school leaders to develop an effective whole school strategy to support STEM within their school.
Where are tomorrow’s scientists? Teachers can still ignite passions to ‘turn on’ the next generation of researchers
Jackie Flaherty Director of STEM at Chipping Campden School explains why meaningful investigative work is imperative to educate future scientists and how IRIS projects can help overwelmed teachers ignite passions and ‘turn on’ the next generation of researchers.