A Culture of Research

We are extremely proud to be a Partner School of the Institute for Research in Schools. Our involvement with this organisation means that CSMS students have access to big data from a huge number of incredible projects and undertake their own original research, writing an academic paper and submitting it for publication. This research can also be used as the basis for an Extended Project Qualification.

Some examples of the research that students from CSMS have been part of include: using data from the International Space Station to discover and predict background radiation at different locations on the globe; using a university-grade particle detector of the type used at CERN to investigate background radiation at different heights in the UK and in Singapore (joint project with National Junior College, Singapore); using a carbon monoxide detector to map CO in Cornwall and mapping the genome of the Human Whipworm through the Genome Decoders project.

One of our students, Meghan, had amazing success with her Extended Project Qualification investigation. She asked the question ‘Are puzzle-solving techniques different between a human imprinted and non-human imprinted rook?’ She designed and constructed a puzzle box, where rooks had to pull a specific pin from the structure to release the food. She spent much of the Easter Break recording the behaviour of the rooks and this awesome footage is the fantastic moment that the first rook solved her puzzle!

Meghan was in regular contact with Professor Nicky Clayton from the University of Cambridge while she was doing her research. Professor Clayton also carries out research into the intelligence of Corvids.