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Teacher pilots

As part of the Royal Society Schools Network we run small-scale pilot schemes to support new interventions, approaches or develop resources 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 learning 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 monthly email newsletter.

Problem-solving club pilot

Status: completed

33 schools across the UK were 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 covered both primary and secondary level education in the UK. The clubs took place at lunchtime or after school on a regular basis, with each club developing its own programme of activities, with support from the Royal Society. These ran in the summer and autumn term 2018. The activities will focused 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 Schools Network blog.

You and AI

Status: completed

Four schools around London were 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. Students and computing teachers from the chosen schools were 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 explored how AI works now and how they think it will affect our lives in the future. 

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.

The young people were evaluated to find out how the lectures change their views and understanding of AI and machine learning, and the teachers were evaluated to find out how the lectures had 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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