The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is an annual awards programme, run in conjunction with the national network of Science Learning Centres, which helps teachers implement science teaching ideas in their schools and colleges.
Two of the nine finalists in 2009, chosen from a field of 1,500 schools and colleges, come from the East Midlands! As finalists, the schools have already been awarded £6,000 to implement a science teaching project and could win a further £15,000 in this national competition.
Teachers from Kibworth Primary School in Leicestershire have developed an innovative science project, to develop a network to share information with neighbouring schools to improve science teaching and learning. Over the year the school will work to give science a higher profile by ensuring teaching assistants are engaged in science teaching.
Staff from Moulton School and Science College in Northamptonshire have developed an exciting project, in which students will learn how forensic science techniques are used in real life police investigations. The students will develop their scientific skills across a range of disciplines including the use of DNA fingerprinting and the way in which science is applied in crime fighting.
Sue Bull, Director of the Science Learning Centre East Midlands said ““Both schools have come up with innovative and creative ideas to help develop students and staff in order to enhance science teaching and learning. I hope their projects progress well over the year and that they are successful in the final which takes place in October. ”
Guest Blogger - Sue Bull, Science Learning Centre East Midlands