CASE STUDIES

These adventurous, curious and passionate students and teachers inspire our work. 

 

Read their stories and discover how real research has impacted their lives.

STUDENTEdward’s model codeEdwardRalph Thoresby School

13-year-old Edward talks about how his code made a tricky process less arduous for DNA Origami.

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TEACHERLittle effort, big impactSam WrightCity of London Academy

Sam, an early career teacher, talks about using IRIS projects as an intervention for top students. He says it was easy for him and had a huge impact on his pupils.

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TEACHERSThe key to making learning more excitingMullion School & Hele’s School

From a rural school in Cornwall to an urban academy in Devon, two teachers talk about how introducing their students to research has made classroom more exciting for them and their students.

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ALUMNUSDNA research in school led Hamdaan on a new career pathSt John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Former IRIS student, Hamdaan, shares how his research experience played a pivotal role in his decision to pursue chemical engineering at the University of Leeds.

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STUDENTSEstablishing an unexpected love for particle physicsLimavady Grammar School

Aoife, Ella and Darcy never expected that particle physics research would increase their confidence in their abilities to do physic and establish their love for the subject.

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IRIS Awards Best Researcher Surayyah Amatul AzizSTUDENTSet to increase the diversity of UK’s future physicistsBordesley Green School

Exploring the possible origins of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays inspired Surayyah to become part of the increasing number of women from underrepresented groups in physics.

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STUDENTThis time, it really is rocket scienceLiberton High School

Callum’s passion for research started with a particle detector he borrowed from IRIS. He’s now installing the same kit into the payload of a rocket.

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Maria Sellers is one of IRIS lead genome annotatorsSTUDENTIRIS set Maria off on a research career pathJoyce Franklin Academy

Maria talks about the IRIS experience which inspired her to study zoology at university, so she can continue to do research.

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STUDENTEmpowering girls with scienceThe Ladies’ College Guernsey

A science teacher’s encouragement has resulted in an impressive student-led movement to decrease Ladies College’s impact on the environment.

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STUDENTPlastic lunch: can mealworms digest plastic waste? Liverpool Life Sciences UTC

Students investigate if mealworms can digest plastic waste to solve one of humanity’s greatest environmental challenges.

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STUDENTDeveloping an app to improve the lives of dementia sufferersLady Eleanor Holles School

A 15-year-old student at Lady Eleanor Holles School in London has designed an app to help enhance the quality of life of patients in the early stages of dementia.

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STUDENTStellar research to help STFC astronomersBohunt Sixth Form

Sixth formers from Bohunt Sixth Form analysed stellar objects throughout lockdown to aid astronomers preparing for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.

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STUDENTYear 12 studentsSir Robert Woodard Academy

These three students have been creating ionic liquids that could potentially be used to absorb waste chemical dyes widely used in the textiles industry.

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Thwaites glacierSTUDENTInvestigating glacial movementsAsker videregående skole

A group of Year 11 students from Norway helped scientists evidence the dramatic environmental changes in Antarctica.

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Sahabina KhuranaSTUDENTSahiba KhuranaAlec Reed Academy, London

In Year 10, Sahiba was awarded a Silver Crest Award for her first-ever research project. Her work tracked the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica using satellite images.

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STUDENTAmy WalterPlymouth High School for Girls

This budding astronomer spent lockdown researching the stars. She turned a time of uncertainty and transition into a growth opportunity.

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James AllenTEACHERJames AllenHelston Community College, Cornwall

A huge supporter of research in schools, the Head of Biology for Helston Community College believes experience is key to truly understanding science.

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TEACHERRazika BerbouchaLampton School, London

Recipient of the international Gratnells National Science Technician of the Year Award, Razika is passionate about physics and research in schools.

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Lauren ChartersSTUDENTLauren ChartersSimon Langton Grammar, Kent

At 17, this pioneering young scientist led her peers on a research project which proved the physical and mental benefits of biodiversity.

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Chantal NobsSTUDENTDr Chantal NobsFolkstone Grammar School, Kent

Her exposure to physics research during her A levels, and a school trip to CERN, convinced this now scientist that research was an achievable goal. 

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STUDENTEllie FoxTapton School, Yorkshire

Investigating the genes of zebrafish embryos turned this nonplussed student into a passionate scientist carving a career in reseach.

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Peter HatfieldSTUDENTPeter HatfieldSimon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Kent

From collecting galactic data to designing a cosmic ray detector, research in school propelled Peter into a career of scientific research.

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