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Royal Society Partnership Grants open - September 2013

The next round of applications for the Royal Society Partnership Grants opened on 2nd September 2013. Schools (primary and secondary) can apply for up to £3000 to work with scientists and engineers on creative investigations that inspire students with the excitement and wonder of cutting-edge science or engineering research.

A great case study of a school that linked their grant to CREST is Thomas Hepburn Community School. Their research on the effects of UV rays was greatly bolstered by the grant, allowing students to access a wide range of resources. By engaging with the CREST Awards, the students were able to independently work within the project guidelines to further investigate the project topic.

What are the benefits?

A Partnership Grants project offers students the chance to get really ‘hands-on’ with science or engineering, and develop their practical and critical thinking skills whilst enhancing their scientific knowledge.

“We find putting our science into the classroom, and bringing the school pupils out to see the science in action, tremendously rewarding. The kids ask fantastic questions, frequently challenging us on our ability to explain basic principles and often opening discussions on novel research topics.” Professor Jonathan Sharples, Liverpool University

Bringing a scientist or engineer into school can be a fantastic source of careers inspiration, and long-lasting partnerships such as these can benefit schools for years to come. Partnership Grant projects allow teachers to go beyond the curriculum, engage with cutting-edge research and access new equipment and skills.

"As a teaching staff we recognise that we were incredibly lucky to have such experienced and passionate scientists come into our school to share their knowledge. I know that the scientists are passionate about their jobs and this is something that really came across." Claire Powell, Halton Community Combined School

The Royal Society website also includes a selection of ideas for projects and case studies.

Royal Society staff are happy to discuss ideas for projects, and can be reached on education@royalsociety.org or 0207 451 2574.

More information on other CREST link schemes is available on the Accredited partners pages of this website.

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