Controlled schools celebrate funding success

Seven controlled schools were offered Partnership Grants as part of The Royal Society’s 2020 application round. Many of the successful projects will be part of The Royal Society’s ‘Tomorrow’s Climate Scientist’ programme.

Over 45 schools from across the UK were offered the funding. The Partnership Grant scheme has previously had very poor uptake in Northern Ireland, averaging 1 to 2 projects annually.  In 2019, CSSC worked with the Royal Society to facilitate a training event for teachers to find out more about the application process and benefits of embarking on a partnership and project, resulting in over 20 applications from local controlled schools.

Jo Cox, Schools Engagement Manager, The Royal Society said,

“This is a great success story and it is wonderful to see the potential for independent student research in NI schools and colleges. With so many NI schools awarded grants this time around (roughly 20% of all the awarded grants for schools and colleges) I hope that many more schools will see the potential for engaging with this scheme in the future.”

Successful controlled schools and their projects

Ballinderry Primary School        

School run, air pollution, climate change- how do we measure it?

Carrick Primary School             

Could we power some or all of our school using solar energy?

Castlederg High School  

What difference does plant species and variety have on the numbers of invertebrates in a habitat?

Cortamlet Primary School         

Does Cortamlet have its own micro-climate?

Glenlola Collegiate School        

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Does E-Cig Vapour increase bacterial competency?

Grosvenor Grammar School

Will introducing birdfeeders increase the population of small birds at Grosvenor Grammar School and therefore improve our school’s biodiversity?

Longstone Special School        

Can sustainable resources be used in the manufacture of household items?