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Stuff clay, let’s play with DNA

July 2021

Secondary students from UK schools could quite possibly be the youngest people to construct artificial structures using DNA.

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What’s under their scopes?

July 2021

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.

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If the UK wants to be a science super power, research must be at the heart of science education

June 2021

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.

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UK students decode parasite genome to help prevent childhood infection

June 2021

Students from 50 UK schools 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.

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IRIS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course to empower teachers with skills needed to embed student-led research in their schools

May 2021

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

May 2021

We list the top research projects presented by secondary students at the IRIS Virtual Conference 2020-21.

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Could research reignite teachers’ passion for science?

April 2021

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.

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The Institute for Research in Schools announces launch of national STEM framework

March 2021

IRIS is set to launch the national STEM Research and Innovation in Schools Framework in September 2021 with partner organisations.

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Where are tomorrow’s scientists? Teachers can still ignite passions to ‘turn on’ the next generation of researchers

January 2021

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.

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Scottish high school students inspire discovery of new penguin colony in Antarctica

November 2020

Scottish high school students were recently acknowledged for their encouragement which led to a discovery of a new colony of emperor penguins. The study, as part of the British Antarctic Survey, reveals that there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies an Antarctica than previously thought.

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Teens’ education is at stake – why it’s as critical as ever to get students involved in real research

November 2020

While there has always been an attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their peers, evidence now suggests that the gap is likely to have widened due to the inequalities of provision and access to education during the pandemic. This is why it’s more important than ever to get students stuck in research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Students make strides on human whipworm genome

September 2020

Students make strides in research effort to improve the health of their peers in distance countries by completing more than 8,500 annotations of the genome of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura.

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Students given the chance to study the stars at home

May 2020

The Institute for Research in Schools and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have launched a project to boost the research skills of secondary students while learning from home.

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IRIS cancels Spring conferences in response to COVID 19 outbreak

March 2020

Due to the progression of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring Conferences.

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Empowering more girls into research careers

February 2020

Lauren Charters on how an IRIS project changed her life and why she believes research in schools could lead more women into STEM careers.

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Jo Foster on how to help your students shine at science

November 2019

Catherine Lough, Tes staff writer, talks to Dr Jo Foster, director for the Institute for Research in Schools on teaching STEM to students.

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UCL Professor Michael Reiss joins IRIS board of trustees

July 2019

UCL’s Professor of Science Education joins our board of trustees.

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Higgs Hunters wins University of Oxford Award

July 2019

Higgs Hunters wins Project Award at this year’s University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards.

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IRIS appoints STEM education champion Jo Foster as new director

May 2019

Jo Foster, the current director of the Nexus STEM Programme and Cornwall School of Maths and Science, joins IRIS as director in September.

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Lampton physics technician wins Gratnells award

April 2019

Lampton School technician wins Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award.

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IRIS pupils featured in Tes for research on nature’s impact on our health

September 2018

IRIS’ Well World was featured in Tes, the UK’s leading education publication. The student research project studied the impact of biodiversity on mental health.

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IRIS awarded Garfield Weston Grant for glacier research project

June 2018

The Garfield Weston Foundation grant will enable IRIS continue to run school hubs ran by a teacher scientist for a year.

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IRIS & UK Space Agency launch polar ice caps research project for schools

April 2018

IRIS has joined forces with the UK Space Agency to develop a series of school research projects studying the rate of polar Ice cap melting.

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It’s Minecraft: teens create replica of CERN

December 2017

UK teenagers have created an interactive museum of one of the world’s most famous science experiments – the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider – in the virtual land of Minecraft.

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School-age scientists contribute to tropical disease research

September 2017

IRIS students stand to become world experts through their participation in Genome Decoders, a research project launched in partnership with Wellcome Genome Campus.

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IRIS and Transport for London bring big data into classrooms

July 2016

The project will give students insight into how TFL analysts use data to improve millions of people’s journey every day.

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NASA launches space radiation research project TimPix in the US

June 2016

The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) is working with NASA to get American students involved in the TimPixproject.

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IRIS students break new ground in fields from astronomy to medicine

April 2016

A new community of UK scientists breaking new ground in fields from astronomy to medicine and not one of them has so much as a university degree.

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Students research radiation levels in the world’s oceans

April 2016

Students from a school in Canterbury look to  analyse radiation levels  in oceans near nuclear reactors such as Sellafield or Fukushima in real time.

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Using NASA data to analyse radiation exposure in space

April 2016

High school students use NASA data to analyse astronaut radiation exposure in space.

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Academics and scientist launch the Institute for Research in Schools

March 2016

Academic and scientists launch the Institute for Research in Schools, set to change STEM education for secondary students.

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