Cosmic Ray UK (CRUK)

Lead Research Organisation: Institute for Research in Schools
Department Name: Operations


We want to make data available to schools to allow cosmic ray studies to engage and inspire students to be part of the scientific research community and contribute and then share their work with others.

This research project falls within the overall aims of the Institute for Research in Schools, IRIS

Nurture the potential and ability of young people to contribute to the scientific community

Increase uptake of post 16 maths, science and technology courses

Increase applications for STEM subjects at university, especially with girls

Enhance teachers' expertise and job satisfaction and so retain teachers and recruit more to the profession

Engage Universities and Industry in sustained interaction with schools

Develop soft skills of communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration

Within this HiSPARC project we are aiming to

Give school students access to data from a network of cosmic ray detectors

Support teachers and students in analysing these data sets, giving students experience of genuine research and data analysis which forms a component of the new A level requirements in physics

Give students the opportunities for students from different schools to collaborate together and so experience a scientific collaboration

Give opportunities for students to report and present their findings as a scientific research symposium on HiSPARC

Develop stronger links with the Dutch HiSPARC project to link larger sets of data which could give new science results

Planned Impact

IRIS has a network of 344 schools (26th April) which is growing all the time.
We will include a HiSPARC presentation linking with cosmic ray work of LUCID at the CERN@school symposium which this year is simultaneously at RAL, in Stirling, Scotland and Callington, Cornwall.
We will include it in our mix of resources we regularly publicize at events such as ASE England, Scotland, Northern Ireland.
In our developments with National STEM Learning we hope to have it as an Continuing Professional Development package for teachers which can be run at the Science Learning Partnership hub schools.
We will develop an online CPD package as we have with CERN@school and TimPix which is popular with teachers and then is placed on our IRIS youtube channel for longer term access.
The videos to support the project will be available on the IRIS youtube channel.

We run symposia and attend many local and national events including IOP and ASE meetings. We are developing huge networks of schools and teachers where we will publicize this including on social media.


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Description University of Birmingham 
Organisation Institute of Physics (IOP)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Production of support material, technical authorship, graphic design, printing.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific support, and technical input for support material
Impact Materials are still in the course of production
Start Year 2018