The projects featured on this page are examples of collaborative Partnership Grant projects.
If you are interested in finding out more about any of these projects or if you have an idea for developing a collaborative project, please contact the Schools Engagement team via email@example.com.
Primary school red squirrel project
New for 2022: applying the mechanics of whisker sensing to the real world
Growing people, growing places: an enquiry into decoding Scottish daffodils
Engineering the UK's first artificial luge track
Schools across the UK will be undertaking research to look at the biodiversity of red squirrel populations in the UK. The schools involved will be supported by Dr Philip Cox, a Royal Society APEX grant recipient, as well as local STEM partners. More information about the project can be found here (PDF).
This project, led by another of the Society’s APEX grant holders will explore how differences in whisker shape, orientation and number affect whisker mechanics. Data collected from the schools will be statistically compared to research findings in animals and robots to make recommendations for tactile robot sensor design and control, which has applications for robotic exploration in environments where visual information is either unreliable or restricted, such as in marine archaeology, environmental monitoring and search and rescue operations. More information about the project can be found here (PDF) and schools will be invited to apply to take part in January 2022.
Schools from across Scotland will be working with STEM partners from the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute to study the genetic and trait diversity of daffodils. More information about the project can be found here (PDF).
Through this project schools from Renfrewshire will be designing and engineering the UK's first artificial luge track. The schools will be supported by STEM partners from Glasgow Caledonian University. More information about the project can be found here (PDF).