Suffolk school brings in the experts for STEM masterclasses

Ipswich High School hosted courses for state-educated pupils from across the county, in partnership with the Royal Institution

Ipswich High School has been helping pupils from across Suffolk with their STEM learning, in partnership with one of the oldest scientific bodies in the country.

The Royal Institution (RI), promoters of scientific education and research since 1799, has been holding masterclasses for the county’s state school pupils in a bid to bring the field to life.

To that end, ‘lessons’ hosted at the independent school have seen pupils enjoying everything from flying drones to using light-driven robots to studying fractals.

Courses covered computing, engineering and maths

“As digital technologies evolve, so does the need for new skills,” said Nicola Griffiths, deputy head at Ipswich High School.

“We have access to some of the UK’s most acclaimed teachers and the latest technology to promote digitally innovative thinking for the future, and felt that we should share some of that knowledge and expertise.”

The school held six-week courses for Year 9 computing and engineering school students, plus Saturday sessions in mathematics for pupils in Year 5.

Following their success, the RI is now offering maths masterclasses for Year 8 pupils across the county.

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