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Young people, real science

WELCOME TO THE
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN SCHOOLS.

‚You're never
too young
to be a research
scientist.'

“After leaving research to become a teacher I sometimes hanker after those moments of discovery at the cutting edge, but Authentic Biology allows me to rediscover these moments alongside young people. After a few years out of research you could feel de skilled and missing out on the latest progress but being involved in Authentic Biology, discussing our research with scientists in the field allows me to keep abreast of current thinking which makes me a better teacher. “

Nick Harris , Tapton School

Higgs – an exciting development

The Large Hadron Collider is an engineering and scientific triumph with thousands of people working together to gather and analyse data trying to unravel the story of our universe and how it works.

Through the Higgs Hunters project you can become part of the team. The University of Oxford worked with the Zooniverse to engage twenty thousand citizen scientists on the search for an unusual particle they’re calling a “Baby Higgs”. It is expected to be found in pairs and is formed when a Higgs particle decays. These Baby Higgs particles leave a particular signature in the data captured in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Through the Zooniverse project over 1 million classifications were made with citizen scientists flagging events that could potentially show these Baby Higgs particles.

The next step is to work through the data from this project. The potential for finding new particles and new aspects of physics is very real. We are delighted to be working with Professor Alan Barr and Dr Will Kalderon on this project.

“It’s an obvious statement that among the school pupils of today are the scientific leaders of the future. Their ideas and experiments will change our understanding of the universe in ways that today we can’t even imagine.” Professor Alan Barr, Merton College, University of Oxford.

The full project with instructions on how to get started – along with the data – will be available in September 2016 but register your interest now for the launch event in Edinburgh by contacting us at the details below.

To register your interest please join in or email info@researchinschools.org

We are a charitable trust supporting school students and teachers to develop authentic research in schools. On our project pages you can discover a range of national research projects to participate in. We also can help you to devise and establish your own projects. Please join in arrow with us and we look forward to working with you.