Two school pupils standing next to a robot which has glasses and a wig on
School pupils explaining his research to Alex Norris MP

Each year, as part of the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity, Ignite! brings together school pupils from across Nottingham and further afield to share their scientific research.


Held at the Council House in Nottingham City Centre, it's a celebration of projects in which pupils are taking the lead and being able to conduct real research outside of the curriculum. 

An event showcasing the authentic research being undertaken by pupils in Nottingham primary and secondary schools


Pupils from 5 primary schools and 1 secondary school showcased their scientific research projects and investigations, and received CREST award certificates.  Pupils were joined by researchers from the city's universities for interactive demonstrations. This year, the students were joined by Robin, a humanoid robot created by the University of Nottingham's Cobot Maker Space to engage with people in social contexts, and the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Merlita Bryan.


Pupils from four secondary schools and eight primary schools showcased their work ranging from AI in learning environments to the spread of germs. Environmental scientist Mo Langmuir spoke about life as a research scientist and Behaviour Change Officer Sam Preston spoke about Nottingham's net zero carbon ambition. 


Groups from ten primary schools and five secondaries showcased their work and were welcomed by Director of Education for Nottingham City Council, John Dexter. Pupils also had the opportunity to meet scientists from Quotient Sciences.


Groups from six schools showcased their work and listened to key note speeches from Director of GH Scientific, Hephzi Angela Tagoe and Director of the Institute for Research in Schools, Professor Becky Parker. Pupils also had the opportunity to meet scientists from the Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node. 

School pupil showing science project to Lord Mayor of Nottingham

Photo Credits: Emma Ford