Institute for Research in Schools

by Becky Parker

The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) develops opportunities for secondary students and post-16s from all backgrounds to participate in authentic research in school and make valuable, recognised contributions to the scientific community.

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About Becky

Becky teaches Physics and is passionate about empowering young people to act and innovate for the planet.

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