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ERIC Number: EJ912562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
Practical Partnerships--Standing on the Shoulders of Scientists
Thorley, Charlotte
Education in Science, n231 p18 Feb 2009
"If I have seen further, it is because I have stood upon the shoulders of giants." Whenever the author hears this quote from Isaac Newton, she thinks about the work being done by the Royal Society in schools throughout the country, bringing science to life for their students. Much of it is also cutting edge, and represents the best of the work carried out by school and scientist partnerships. One example is the work at John Davies Primary School. This school has installed a sophisticated weather station on its roof that is connected to the school's ICT network, and the project involved the installation of smaller stations at four other schools. Another shining example of a Royal Society Partnership scheme has involved a collaboration between pupils at Netherhall School in Cambridge and Yardleys School in Birmingham, and their scientist partners. Together, they have been inspired by the work at CERN in launching the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and embarked on particle physics experiments using specially purchased equipment, in the collaborative spirit of CERN. As the number of Partnership Grants grows, the author is always astounded by the quality of the work being carried out in schools. One does not always have to stand on the shoulders of giants to see further; sometimes one needs to kneel on the floor with the children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Birmingham); United Kingdom (Cambridge); United Kingdom (England)