The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme is at the forefront of initiatives seeking to ignite enthusiasm for science among young people, develop skills and interest in genuine scientific investigation, and support teachers and scientists learning from each other.
Grants of up to £3000 are available for teachers and scientists or engineers to work together on creative investigations involving 5–16 year olds. Projects have included making biofuel from chip fat, testing whether brain train games really do improve memory and watching deep space for asteroids that could collide with Earth. For successful applicants, the grant is awarded directly to the school, enabling the school to pay for any specialist equipment needed for the investigation, travel expenses for the scientist/engineer and/or the school group and possibly teacher supply cover.
A dedicated team at The Royal Society supports all stages of the application process, including advising on investigations you may be considering and guidance in finding a suitable scientist/engineer partner.
The next round of Partnership Grants applications opens in September and the closing date is November 6 2009.
For more information and application forms visit: www.royalsoc.ac.uk/education/partnership.htm or contact The Royal Society directly at .
Guest Blogger: Cathy Brown, STEMNET