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South Bromsgrove High School pupils to research cosmic rays in space

Harry Leach 4th Mar, 2021 Updated: 4th Mar, 2021

BUDDING scientists at South Bromsgrove High School will soon research cosmic rays in space, thanks to a funding boost from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust.

The funding has been used to bring an international project called HiSPARC to the school.

It is a network of cosmic ray detectors at schools and universities which then feed data into a public database, allowing pupils to analyse it and carry out original research.

It will allow Year 10 and 11 pupils to carry out complex investigations, including looking for sources of cosmic rays in space.

But they will also carry out simple tasks such as looking at the variation between night and day or winter and summer.

Remaining monies from the grant will ensure that more staff are trained to lead this project.

Assistant head of science, Steve Clark, said: “Space topics always stimulate interest and don’t have an inherent gender bias either, so we hope to encourage many students to take part.

“We have installed our own detector, and with the support from Millennium Point Charitable Trust, this project will evolve into something even bigger for generations to come.”

Last year, the trust awarded more than £561,000 to STEM projects across the West Midlands under its Small Grants programme.

Each grant is worth up to £20,000.

 

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