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Orbyts is a multi-award-winning movement that partners scientists with schools to empower school students to undertake world-leading research. We aim to address diversity issues in science and to support short-supply science teachers who have extensive time pressures. We accomplish this through multi-term partnerships that are proven to transform science inclusivity, inspire school students and teachers, and ignite scientists' leadership potential.

"It is clear to me that the Orbyts project has been the most successful project that we have been fortunate enough to work with and its importance cannot be overstated."

-W. Whyatt (Physics Teacher) 


"As for how useful I've found the project - in a tough year with significant professional challenges to overcome, this has been a real "get me out of bed in the morning" kind of project...The project has fed back down through the school with Orbyts members giving presentations to lower year groups and it's even changed my teaching to my 13 year old students - all my magnetism stuff is now fed through the lens of the importance of our magnetic field and what the aurora on Earth tell us about the conditions necessary for life here. Multiple other staff have become involved and have had valuable subject knowledge gains and through the school publications the wider school community - parents etc have also become enthused and are talking with their children about the project even if they're not directly involved. Orbyts is definitely one of the coolest things I've been exposed to in my 15 year career."

-D. Fleming (Chemistry Teacher)

Orbyts wins the 2021 NEON Widening Access Initiative (Outreach) Award.

For a full write-up of the award see here


"Orbyts opened my eyes to the possibilities of science and increased my passion for the subject. It helped me see that science was something that anyone could participate in ... I learned about simple computing language (python) for analysis and realised it can be used by anyone - I had no idea no about coding but now I realise it's something I can actually do." - Year 12 student


Orbyts wins Inspire – Public Outreach category at the ERC Public Engagement with Research Awards

for engaging students in original research and inspiring science careers.

For a full write-up of the award see here

"Orbyts ignited my love for science communication and reminded me of why I wanted to research astrophysics in the first place. It’s quite easy to get bogged down in the finer details of your day to day research, but by having to go back to basics to explain your project to school students, it gave me a refreshed perspective for doing my own research. You have such freedom with how you teach and I was able to integrate some animations and drawings into my presentations to help explain difficult topics."

- PhD Researcher and Orbyts Fellow

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