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Shooting stars on camera

A Partnership Grants project between William Perkin C of E High School and the Open University.

You’ve got to teach [students] they’ve got to be curious, they’ve got to be creative, they’ve got to be thinking about things.

Professor Monica Grady, Open University

Students at William Perkin C of E High School are determining the origin and elemental structure of meteors under the guidance of academic professional, Professor Monica Grady, in their Partnership Grants project: Shooting stars on camera: Colour composition and contrasts.

Using special camera equipment and a knowledge of elements and spectra, students are investigating what elements make up meteors and determining their trajectory and origin. The project partners the William Perkin C of E High School with Professor Monica Grady, space scientist at the Open University, and was funded through the Royal Society Partnership Grants scheme.

This Partnership Grant was awarded in the winter 2015 round of applications.