I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!

[22 Jun 2011]

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an award-winning science enrichment and engagement activity which our gifted and talented year 9 pupils took part in from 6th – 24th June 2011.

It’s an X Factor-style competition for scientists, where students are the judges and vote for the scientist that impresses them the most. The winning scientist receives £500 to help fund their work. During the event our students were able to talk to scientists online on the event website.

They break down barriers, whilst having fun and learning.

Hannah Phillips gave us her review of the event:

During our science lessons, our class took part in I’m a scientist, get me out of here. We had 2 sessions of live chats with the scientists and at the end we had chance to vote to choose our winner. The winner gets £500 to help with their research. We also had the opportunity to ask them questions which they replied to within 24 hours.

Some of use chose to ask the scientists about their research, asking questions like ‘What would you do with the money if you won?’ ‘What does a normal day for you consist of?’ ‘Do animals get hurt in your research?’

Others were general questions like ‘Is there a cure for cancer?’ ‘Why do we die?’ & ‘Is there a way to reverse climate change?’

The scientists made the experience really enjoyable for us by making sure we could understand everything they were telling us. They also asked us questions about what we like in science, and replied to our answers in a way we could understand and relate to.

When answering our questions the scientists gave detailed answers and even gave us links to other websites that would help us with our answers.

Overall, I think we learnt quite a lot in this experience and the lessons we had were really fun! It was interesting to find out about the scientists and we would be really happy to get the opportunity to do it all again!

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