PrISM - young scientists at Woolsthorpe

Young scientists with Dallas Campbell at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire

Inspired by Isaac Newton, and by Tim Peake and the mission to the International Space Station in 2015-16, young scientists at Woolsthorpe are making on their own discoveries.

The PrISM group (Practical Investigations into Scientific Method) at Woolsthorpe are a group of 14-18 year-olds from schools in the East Midlands who have been meeting at weekends and via social media to develop an experiment which would further Newton's theory on light.

The project was to launch a weather balloon into space to map out electromagnetic radiation. Members of the group did the calculations and the technical work to plan the launch and build the kit which will launch the balloon and gather and feed back the data. All is ready - what's now needed is good weather and a favourable wind so that the balloon doesn't land in the North Sea.

Several of the group have gone on to study science at university this year but are still in touch and planning to be part of the launch when it happens.

During the 2014 Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham the group met Dallas Cambell, of the BBC programme The Big Bang, and asked him to become their patron.

The project was funded by a grant from the Arts Council/Nottingham Trent University/East Midlands Museums Service for a year. This has now come to an end, but Woolsthorpe is on the lookout for further funding to keep PrISM going and develop it in the future.

" We've loved the project and really want it to continue into the future."
- Jannette Warrener, Custodian at Woolsthorpe Manor