Project plans

To support teachers applying for a Partnership Grant we have put together some short project plans relating to a number of engaging topics to help support the application process. Each of these plans is based on a range of projects, previously funded through the Partnership Grants scheme.

These project plans provide guidance and examples of suitable STEM partners, typical STEM partner engagement with the students, key investigations and equipment that the grant could be used to purchase, as well as the skills and legacy activities that can be developed throughout the project - all of which can be used to form a grant application. You can find more details via our website regarding the application process and deadlines for the Partnership Grants scheme. 

Although each of the project plans has a suggested age range, every project listed can be adapted to suit a wide variety of ages, abilities and group sizes as needed to fit within your school.

The project plans have been listed by their main subject areas, please click on the project plan PDF from the list below to view.

How biodiverse are our school grounds and how can we improve this? (PDF)

©iStock/krzych-34Investigate the different ecosystems found throughout your schools grounds, exploring common mammal, plant, insect and/or bird species and habitats and investigate ways to increase biodiversity.

Project length minimum: 3 terms

Age suitability: 5+ years

Subjects: biology and ecology.

How can we get the best plant growth using hydroponics? (PDF)

©iStock/KwangmoozaaExplore photosynthesis and how plants process nutrients to grow by investigating the best conditions to grow plants in a hydroponics (soil-less) system.

Project length minimum: 2 terms

Age suitability: 11+ years

Subjects: biology, chemistry and technology


Can we reduce our school’s use of fossil fuels by generating renewable energy on site? (PDF)

©iStock/deliormanliInvestigate if your school can reduce its use of fossil fuels and save money by producing energy through renewable sources such as solar and wind power.

Project length minimum: 2 terms

Age suitability: 11+ years

Subjects: physics, technology and mathematics


How accurately can we measure local weather and how has it changed over the past 5-10 years? (PDF)

©iStock/assalveExplore what current and historical weather data can reveal about local weather conditions by investigating the most effective way to measure the weather and how to identify and interpret patterns in the data.

Project length minimum: 2 terms

Age suitability: 7+ years

Subjects: physics, mathematics and geography

How can better coding improve the efficiency of motorised buggies against friction and gravity? (PDF)

©iStock/duh84Investigate how coding can be used to help a buggy better move a fixed mass up a slope against gravity in different friction conditions, and gain a greater understanding of simple coding techniques.

Project length minimum: 1 term minimum

Age suitability: 7+ years

Subjects: computing, physics and technology

Can we find practical ways to reduce the plastic in our environment? (PDF)

©iStock/Larina MarinaInvestigate some of the potential options to replace the use of plastics and reduce plastic pollution whilst gaining a greater understanding of its material properties, why it is such a well-used and versatile product, and what impact it has on the environment.

Project length minimum: 2 terms

Age suitability: 7+ years

Subjects: chemistry, data science and biology

What can we do locally to reduce flooding from surface run-off? (PDF)

©iStock/draganabInvestigate the effects of built up spaces on rainfall within your school grounds. Discover the material properties of the different ground surfaces (both built and natural) and what effect they have on the flow and absorption of water during heavy rain fall events which might cause flooding. 

Project length minimum: 2 terms

Age suitability: 11+ years

Subjects: physics, technology, data science and geography

How can we improve air quality in our local area? (PDF)

©iStock/ElcovaLanaDiscover the air quality found in selected areas throughout your school grounds and investigate and understand air quality data at a statistical level, exploring also the effects of air quality on plant and lichen growth.

Project length minimum: 3 terms

Age suitability: 16+ years (can easily be adapted for younger years/primary)

Subjects: data science, chemistry and mathematics

Dock leaves soothe nettle stings: can chemistry explore this well-known remedy? (PDF)

©iStock/ksena32Investigate the chemistry behind the well-known remedy of dock leaves being used to soothe stinging nettle stings. Discover more about the pH of plants and neutralisation, learning about the variables in growth that may affect the results. 

Project length minimum: 2 terms

Age suitability: 7+ years

Subjects: chemistry and biology


For further inspiration, please visit our case studies pages and browse the videos and posters from a range of projects that have been recently undertaken through the scheme. 

For further information about the scheme please our main grants pages. If you have any questions, please email the Schools Engagement team.

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