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.

STUDENTThis time, it really is rocket scienceLiberton High SchoolSubject: Mechanical Engineering

As Calum integrates a particle detector into the payload of the Endeavour rocket, he feels he’s come full circle. As a teen, he borrowed a similiar piece of kit from IRIS as he started his very first scientific research project.

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Maria Sellers is one of IRIS lead genome annotatorsSTUDENTIRIS set Maria off on a research career pathJoyce Franklin AcademySubject: Biology, Genomics, Zoology

Maria is proud to have taken part in IRIS, in fact it is what inspired her to start on her path to become a researcher in zoology.

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STUDENTEmpowering girls with scienceThe Ladies’ College GuernseySubject: Biology, Environment, Maths

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 Subject: Biology, Environment

Students at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC examine whether mealworms can digest plastic waste, potentially providing a solution to one of humanity’s greatest environmental challenges.

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STUDENTDeveloping an app to improve the lives of dementia sufferersLady Eleanor Holles SchoolSubject: Medical science

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 FormSubject: Astronomy & Physics

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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Thwaites glacierSTUDENTInvestigate alarming movements of Antarctic glaciersAsker videregående skoleSubject: Geography

Over lockdown, a group of Year 11 students from the Asker videregående skole in Norway helped scientists evidence the dramatic environmental changes in Antarctica.

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Sahabina KhuranaSTUDENTSahiba KhuranaAlec Reed Academy, LondonSubject: Medicine

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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STUDENTYear 12 studentsSir Robert Woodard AcademySubject: Chemistry

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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STUDENTAmy WalterPlymouth High School for GirlsSubject: Astronomy, Physics

A pandemic could not hold back this budding astronomer from researching the stars. She turned a time of uncertainty and transition into a growth opportunity.

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James AllenTEACHERJames AllenHelston Community College, CornwallSubject: Biology

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, LondonSubject: Physics

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 Girls’ Grammar School, KentSubject: Behaviour science

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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STUDENTEllie FoxTapton School, YorkshireSubject: Biology

Investigating the genes of zebrafish embryos turned this nonplussed student into a passionate scientist who continues to charter her course within biological research.

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Peter HatfieldSTUDENTPeter HatfieldSimon Langton Grammar School for Boys, KentSubject: Astrophysics, Engineering, Maths

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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Chantal NobsSTUDENTDr Chantal NobsFolkstone Grammar School, KentSubject: Physics

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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