It’s all materials (science) – Students showcase their DNA designs to leading scientists at the University of Leeds
Teens are given a chance to share their research with their peers and leading materials scientists.
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.
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.
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.
Scottish high school students inspire discovery of new penguin colony in Antarctica
The British Antarctic Survey acknowledged Scottish high school students for their encouragement which led to a discovery of a new colony of emperor penguins. The study, as part of , reveals that there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies an Antarctica than previously thought.
Teens’ education is at stake – why it’s as critical as ever to get students involved in real research
Evidence now suggests that the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their peers is likely to have widened due to the inequalities of provision and access to education during the pandemic. Student-led research either in school or home could enhance students understanding of STEM subjects during this critical time in education.
Students make strides on human whipworm genome
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.
Students given the chance to study the stars at home
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.
IRIS cancels Spring conferences in response to COVID 19 outbreak
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.
Empowering more girls into research careers
Lauren Charters on how an IRIS project changed her life and why she believes research in schools could lead more women into STEM careers.
Jo Foster on how to help your students shine at science
Catherine Lough, Tes staff writer, talks to Dr Jo Foster, director for the Institute for Research in Schools on teaching STEM to students.