Taking research science into schools
In 2008, SAW took research science from renowned institutes the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research into schools. Funded by the BBSRC and Society in Science, 15 projects took place, covering topics as diverse as soil bacteria, photosynthesis, natural products, fractals, DNA, GM, emulsions and the human gut. Read the review in School Science Review.
The children and teachers involved were delighted to be working with practising scientists on topical issues, and the scientists appreciated taking their science into the community and seeing it from a new angle.
The series resulted in a fantastic new book showcasing the best work from each of the schools. It gives an excellent overview of the science covered and the children’s responses.