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Funded pilots

As part of the Royal Society Schools Network we run small scale pilot schemes to support new interventions or approaches at both primary and secondary level education. These pilot schemes are designed to support teachers who want to make a positive change to the teaching of science, mathematics and computing within their school or college in line with various education policy initiatives.

An example of students engaging in problem solving mathematics activities

We share learnings and best practice from the teachers involved via the Royal Society Schools Network blog.

Below you can find information about our current pilot schemes, including any opportunities for involvement in future schemes. They will also be promoted in the regular Royal Society Schools Network's Education e-newsletter.

Problem-solving club pilot (underway)

33 schools across the UK have been chosen to receive a small grant (between £200 - £600) to set up a new mathematics or computing focused problem-solving club for their students. The schools chosen cover both primary and secondary level education in the UK. The clubs take place at lunchtime or after school on a regular basis.

Each club will develop its own programme of activities, with support from the Royal Society, and will run during the summer term of 2018 with some continuing into the autumn term as part of the pilot period. The activities will focus strongly on learning the process of problem-solving and exploring opportunities to embed this into the curriculum.

You can find out more about the pilot scheme through the Problem-solving clubs post on the Royal Society Schools Network blog.

You and AI (underway)

Four schools around London have been selected to be involved with You and AI, an exciting flagship event series exploring cutting edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and its implications for society.

AI is already in our lives, in ways many of us don’t realise or understand. As AI technologies advance, their impact will continue to grow. Alongside the benefits of AI this raises questions around the ethical and societal implications of this technology.

Students and computing teachers from the chosen schools have been invited to attend a series of lectures to listen to the greatest minds in the field talking about one of the most important issues facing society today. The speakers will explore how AI works now and how they think it will affect our lives in the future. 

The young people will be evaluated to find out how the lectures change their views and understanding of AI and machine learning. We will also find out from teachers how the lectures have impacted their teaching practices.

You can find out more about the pilot through the You and AI - a student perspective post on the Royal Society Schools Network blog.

You can also access recordings of the lectures to use in your own lesson planning.

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