The following post is copied, with permission, from the Fulneck School website, regarding one of our Partnership Grant awardees.

“Congratulations to Dr Caroline Neuberg, who has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s (RAS’s) Patrick Moore Medal in recognition of her achievement in teaching geophysics. Caroline is Head of Science and Assistant Principal at Fulneck School, Leeds.

The highly prestigious Patrick Moore Medal is awarded in recognition of a particularly noteworthy contribution to astronomy or geophysics by school teachers. The RAS said “Dr Neuberg has been a tireless and enthusiastic promoter of geophysics and astronomy to both hundreds of school children and other physics teachers over the last 10 years.

“She leads a programme of installing seismometers in schools alongside associated training workshops for students and teachers. She initiated a similar programme and installed 10 seismometers in Maori schools in New Zealand. In astrophysics, Caroline leads a project which attracts students from Leeds primary and secondary schools, using microscopes to look at the rocks. She clearly inspires students and teachers alike, both in this country and overseas, and is a very worthy winner of the Patrick Moore Medal.”

Fulneck School’s Principal, Paul Taylor, congratulated Dr Neuberg on her recognition. “Caroline is a very humble person, and is thrilled and embarrassed in equal measure by this award. She inspires our pupils through her passion for all-things physics.”

We asked Caroline what she thought of receiving her RAS medal.

“I am absolutely delighted to have received this RAS award,” says Caroline. “The Royal Society supported me with two projects through my teaching career so far, earlier on with installing a seismometer in the high school of Montserrat, a British island with an active volcano, and lately with predicting how different Moon rocks would be from Earth rocks.

Such projects allowed me to broaden the syllabus, stretched and challenged the students involved and exposed them to stimulating science. Educational projects supported by the Royal Society made my teaching job more exciting and I would encourage any science staff to get involved.”