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Experimental science in education

'Experimental science’ is the way scientists seek to build knowledge through direct observation and measurement of objects and phenomena. Understanding experimentation is fundamental to learning science.

While the UK is currently a world leader in science and engineering, it faces increasing competition from around the globe. Improving the investigative skills of young people could help us to maintain this leading position, developing innovative future researchers and giving all people a better understanding of what science is.

The Royal Society is currently undertaking a review to consider the place of experimentation in science curricula and the evidence of the impact of experimental science on students. This review considers where the UK is now, and looks at what good experimental science education is.

The Royal Society also supports experimental science in schools through our Partnership Grants scheme. This scheme allows schools to apply for up to £3,000 to run an investigative STEM project in partnership with a STEM professional. The next round of funding will open in 2020.

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