There is a growing number of projects across the UK giving the opportunity for school students to run their own research projects. Ever wondered how the projects come together? Are you a researcher or teacher and thought about running such a project?
Physicists at Queen Mary University of London, have been running Research in Schools projects over the last two years. Through this time they have come across different challenges in setting up and running said projects. In this report Dr Martin Archer looks back and highlights what has worked and what didn’t come together from these projects. These along with the report’s conclusions and recommendations make it essential reading for those looking to set-up similar projects.
The report highlights how Research in Schools projects can have positive impacts on both students and teachers but states how structure and support from universities were important to their success.
We would like to thank QMUL’s Centre for Public Engagement for supporting the running of the Cosmic Ray Muon Project in 2015/16 through a Large Award and STFC for awarding a Public Engagement Small Award to purchase additional muon detectors enabling us to take the cosmic ray muon project to five schools in 2016/17.