Students on STEM lessons: important but not interesting
Over half of students surveyed by IRIS do not enjoy their lessons. What is missing from their classroom experience that might explain this lack of enthusiasm?
Paradigm shift needed to transform attitudes to the sciences
Our director, Jo Foster, says if we want to transform young people’s attitudes to the sciences if we don’t first change ourselves.
IRIS and Queens University Belfast shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award
IRIS has been recognised for an innovative outreach initiative that encourages people from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education.
IRIS London conference: AI ball boys & girls, future hackers & searching for wolf stars
Young researchers travelled from Belfast to Dover to share their research with members of the scientific community and their peers at the London IRIS conference.
IRIS Manchester conference: robot dentists, Coeliac disease awareness & preventing organ rejection
Young researchers from across the North West travelled to share their discoveries with members of the scientific community and their peers at the IRIS Student Conference in Manchester.
Serving up success: students create AI robot ball boy
Students at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School have built an AI ball boy robot which is programmed to scan and collect tennis balls as part of their IRIS Original Research project.
The scent of success: IRIS recognised at the Education Awards
Greener Fragrances, a project run by IRIS and Queen’s University Belfast, was announced as a finalist for the Best Education Outreach Award at the Education Awards last month.
Art, science and computer design at a nanoscale
IRIS students met scientists at the University of Leeds to share their research, learn more about nanotechnology and discover potential careers in the materials sciences.
10 ideas for lowering carbon emissions in schools
Our director, Jo Foster, offers 10 ways that schools can empower students to become active citizens, get involved to help lower their school’s environmental impact and change their world for the better.
Leading particle physicist returns home to meet with aspiring young scientists
Leading particle physicist, Alan Barr, returns to his home county in Northern Ireland to inspire the next generation of young scientists in the quest to answer some of science’s biggest questions.
ATLAS inspires the future generation of particle physicists
World-leading particle physicists from RAL & the University of Oxford teach passionate sixth-formers about coding and more at the national scientific research laboratory.
The top 10 career choices for teenagers in the UK
Our director discusses a recent BBC Bitesize survey and how doing research can benefit school students’ future careers.
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.