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Primary projects

The case studies below are a selection of primary projects that have been funded through the Partnership Grants scheme. If you have any questions about the projects below please get in touch

How do future self-drive cars work?
Why did the stickleback lose its spines?
Can you build a rover fit for Mars?

A-MAZE-ing robots: how do future self-drive cars work?

“This is a school-wide project over an academic year with linked age-appropriate activities. It will culminate in an event where different stages of the project developed solely by one-year group are assembled to try to achieve the collective goal, which is to get the robot car from A to B autonomously. This is a self-sustaining project, which will run year on year. Pupils will build on the skills they have learnt from the previous year adopting a concept of teaching each other. This will be in the form of peer to-peer learning/teaching, but also pupils teaching teachers. This is essential to the sustainability of the project.”

Find out more about the project (PDF).

Why did the stickleback lose its spines?

“Many populations of three-spined sticklebacks on the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist are almost unique in having evolved the complete loss of their bony protective armour, comprising spines and plates. Other populations possess a full complement of spines and plates, and yet others show varying levels of armour reduction. The goal will be to understand the reasons for the evolution of armour loss in North Uist sticklebacks.”

Find out more about the project (PDF). 

Can  you build a rover fit for Mars?

“Students across four primary schools will participate in this exciting and investigative STEM project in partnership with their own individual STEM Ambassador, but there will also be an overall ambassador for the project. Within each school, primary-age children will work in small teams to design and test a Mars Rover. Teams will be chosen from the schools to attend an event at a suitable location. Here they will first work to solve the problem of a safe landing for their rover (an egg!) on Mars! After this, children will use a selection of materials and tools to create a rover for their team, to compete with other teams to cross a variety of replicated Martian terrain and collect a sample.”

Find out more about the project (PDF).

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