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Day 2 – through the 1,000 question mark

It’s the end of only day two and already the mods have approved over 1,200 questions form the 1,400 students registered so far on the site. Today the scientists typed their way through 13 live chats. Fingers are tiring. Second … Continue reading

Posted on March 13, 2012 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

Day 1 – Live chats are go!

Today was a big day. We kicked of 13 live chats across 7 zones; introducing both scientists and students. Scientists have been getting quite excite but nervous over the weekend. Vicky Young (scientist) tweeted “Im a little nervous for it … Continue reading

Posted on March 12, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Who’s taking part in March 2012?

It’s only a matter of weeks before I’m a Scientist starts in March so it’s time to announce the scientists and schools taking part. The event will be running from 12th-23rd March, coinciding with National Science and Engineering week. Zones … Continue reading

Posted on February 20, 2012 by andyhowells in News | Comments Off on Who’s taking part in March 2012?

What Julian Rayner did with his prize money…

I work on malaria, and specifically how the parasites that cause malaria recognise and get inside our red blood cells. Malaria parasites have incredibly complicated life cycles, passing back and forth between humans and mosquitoes, but it is when they … Continue reading

Posted on February 17, 2012 by in News, Winner report | Tagged | Leave a comment

June dates for your diary

In I’m a Scientist this June 2012 we’re scheduling the event a bit differently. In previous years we’ve run one big event in June. But this year we’re running 2 smaller events in the summer term, with the following dates: … Continue reading

Posted on February 16, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

What Jon Copley did with his prize money…

Originally, I planned to send live videos from our research ship to schools, so that students could take part in our expeditions, see what we are discovering on the ocean floor, chat to our team, and even sometimes direct our … Continue reading

Posted on February 10, 2012 by in News, Winner report | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Ian Sillet did with his prize money…

As a winner of the June 2010 event I had promised to honour a £50 prize offered by a fellow competitor called Daniel Mietchen for his competition which can be found here. As yet the prize is unclaimed and as … Continue reading

Posted on January 27, 2012 by in News, Winner report | Tagged | Leave a comment

March 2012 zones and sponsors

We’ve decided on the 8 zones running in the March I’m a Scientist event. In mid November the Wellcome Trust agreed to fund 50% of the costs of I’m a Scientist for the next 3 years, and we’ve also got … Continue reading

Posted on January 6, 2012 by andyhowells in News | Leave a comment

Congratulations to the November student winners!

We would like to congratulate the following students who have been named as the student winners in their zones of the STFC sponsored November 2011 event. Subatomic Zone – Aaron Dinas, Littleover Community School Zinc Zone – Anu Elegbede, St … Continue reading

Posted on December 14, 2011 by andyhowells in News | Leave a comment

Announcing our Best Question winners

Earlier in the year we ran a competition, with the help of New Scientist, for you to suggest your favourite questions ever asked in I’m a Scientist. Many great questions were put forward and our judges had a hard time … Continue reading

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Leave a comment

Genome Futures – I’m a Scientist for the Sanger Institute

For the next three weeks 14 researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will be talking with school students from a local Cambridgeshire school in Genome Futures, an I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! event. Genome Futures is … Continue reading

Posted on November 29, 2011 by in News | Leave a comment

Congratulations to the winning scientists, Ben and Peta!

After two weeks of intense debate, stimulating chats and thought-provoking questions, I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! draws to an end. The five STFC scientists in each of the Subatomic and Zinc Zones battled it out for student … Continue reading

Posted on November 25, 2011 by andyhowells in News | Leave a comment

Wellcome News

Last week we (that’s Shane and Sophia) sat before a Wellcome Trust Grants Committee to ask them to fund the project for 3 more years. Prof Stephen Curry and Dan Hannard from Woodkirk Academy came along to give a first … Continue reading

Posted on November 14, 2011 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

Please support I’m a Scientist

Tomorrow, Tuesday 8th November, at 16.20 is an important time. Sophia and I, aided by Dan Hannard and Prof. Stephen Curry, participating teacher and scientist, will be asking the Wellcome Trust to part-fund I’m a Scientist for another 3 years. … Continue reading

Posted on November 7, 2011 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

Who’s taking part this November?

It’s a good few months since the last I’m a Scientist in June earlier this year, and the time has come to run another event! From November 14th-25th we are running a smaller I’m a Scientist event with 2 zones. … Continue reading

Posted on October 24, 2011 by in News | Leave a comment

What Stephen Curry did with his prize money… I’m a Scientist – the Film!

Have your students ever wondered what scientists are really like? During I’m a Scientist questions around this theme are very common: Can I be a scientist like you? Is being a scientist like the stereotypical one who wears a white … Continue reading

Posted on September 21, 2011 by in News, Winner report | Tagged | Leave a comment

Congratulations to the June student winners

We would like to congratulate the following students who have been named as the student winners in their zones of the June 2011 event. The moderators thought they all asked good questions and really engaged with the event. Zone Student … Continue reading

Posted on August 12, 2011 by in News | Leave a comment

What’s the BEST I’m a Scientist question?

We’ve been wondering what’s the best question in I’m a Scientist, and we’d like you to help us choose. So we’re running a competition. There are so many amazing questions in I’m a Scientist, from ‘Would You Lick Jam Off … Continue reading

Posted on August 8, 2011 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Leave a comment

Congratulations to the winning scientists!

Thank you all of you, it’s been an absolute blast! After two weeks of intense debate, stimulating chats and thought-provoking questions, I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! draws to an end. The five scientists in each zone have … Continue reading

Posted on June 24, 2011 by andyhowells in News | 11 Comments

Who’s taking part in June?

We have now chosen the scientists and schools for I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! in June. Zones This June is our biggest ever event, with 23 ‘zones’. 12 are general and named after elements, containing a broad … Continue reading

Posted on June 3, 2011 by andyhowells in News | Comments Off on Who’s taking part in June?

Announcement: Zones for June event

The next I’m a Scientist event, in June, will be the biggest ever. Wondering what zones we’ll have? Well wonder no more! Themed zones Sports Science Zone Quantum Zone (sponsored by the Institute of Physics) Microbiology Zone Marine and Underwater … Continue reading

Posted on May 5, 2011 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on Announcement: Zones for June event

Students: Help us choose the scientists to take part in June

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is like the X Factor, for scientists, on the computer. And YOU are the judges. Teenagers like you talk to real live scientists and then pick which ones should get a prize … Continue reading

Posted on April 27, 2011 by in News | Leave a comment

What Joseph Cook did with his prize money…

I decided to donate my prize money to a science organisation in the developing world. I spoke to Alejandra Palermo, International Projects Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry, who suggested donating the money to the Ghana Chemical Society (GCS).  The … Continue reading

Posted on April 11, 2011 by in News, Winner report | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Joe Devlin did with his prize money…

The prize money for winning the Brain Zone (March 2010) went towards attending the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.  This is a massive meeting where 30,000 neuroscientists from all over the world get together to share their research … Continue reading

Posted on April 11, 2011 by in News, Winner report | Tagged | 4 Comments

Congratulations to the March event student winners!

We would like to congratulate the following winning students from the March 2011 event. The moderators thought they all asked good questions and really engaged with the event. The students winners of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! … Continue reading

Posted on April 7, 2011 by in News | Leave a comment

Congratulations to the winning scientists!

Thank you all of you, it’s been an absolute blast! After two weeks of intense debate, stimulating chats and thought-provoking questions, I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! draws to an end. The five scientists in each zone have … Continue reading

Posted on March 25, 2011 by in News | 8 Comments

Who’s been evicted so far?

It’s the second day of evictions in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here and we’ve had to say goodbye to another scientist in each zone. With just three scientists left in each zone the competition is really hotting up. … Continue reading

Posted on March 23, 2011 by in News | Leave a comment

Once upon a time in the land of I’m a Scientist

We’ve started using a new toy here at I’m a Scientist. It’s called Storify and is “a way to tell stories using social media”. Storify allows you to build up a story by gathering media such as tweets, blog posts … Continue reading

Posted on March 21, 2011 by in News | 2 Comments

I’m a Scientist – latest news

You’ve all been asking questions like crazy and having lots of live chats with our lovely scientists. The website has been about 50% busier than at the same time last year! We were worried that you’d be wearing out the … Continue reading

Posted on March 16, 2011 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on I’m a Scientist – latest news

Day one gremlins

We prepare a lot for I’m a Scientist. We check our lists, we cross off tasks, we write new lists of things to check. The one thing we can’t really do is test how the site will operate under stress. … Continue reading

Posted on March 14, 2011 by ModShane in News | Comments Off on Day one gremlins

My flat-out fortnight

Joanna Buckley describes taking part in IAS, and what she did with her prize money… Joanna Buckley, winner of the Nitrogen Zone in June 2010, has written about taking part in I’m a Scientist. Have a read to find out … Continue reading

Posted on March 8, 2011 by in News | 5 Comments

What Joanna Brooks did with her prize money…

During September Joanna carried out her brainology tour. This was funded by the money she won through taking part in I’m a Scientist. She travelled to science museums and schools in Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool. The workshops were geared for … Continue reading

Posted on March 4, 2011 by in News | Tagged | 7 Comments

Who are the scientists taking part in IAS March 2011?

Here’s the post you’ve all been waiting for, as I can officially announce the scientists taking part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! in March 2011. Choosing the scientists was agonising. With over 230 applicants for originally … Continue reading

Posted on February 16, 2011 by in News | Leave a comment

Who’s taking part in March??

We have now chosen the schools for I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! in March. Classes at these schools are going to have a great experience taking part. There’s a big variety in the schools taking part, with students involved from Jersey … Continue reading

Posted on February 14, 2011 by in News | 9 Comments

Update: What Dean Whittaker did with his prize money…

Part of the fun of science is that plans regularly change and develop as research evolves. Dean’s plans for what he spent his I’m a Scientist winnings on have changed a little, and he has kindly updated us with what … Continue reading

Posted on February 10, 2011 by in News | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Dean Whittaker did with his prize money…

My original intention for spending the money was to provide support for schools to visit Rutherford Appleton Labs. However, it seems that usually extra support isn’t needed. The schools that are further away don’t want to take too much time … Continue reading

Posted on January 26, 2011 by andyhowells in News | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Ben Still did with his prize money…

Ben Still won the Sodium Zone all the way back in June 2010. After his win Ben said “I will spend my winnings wisely!“, and so he has… Ben spent his money on setting up the Super K Sonic Booooum. … Continue reading

Posted on January 12, 2011 by in News | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Martin Coath did with his prize money…

I have used a small amount of the money to help me with a brilliant idea for the Cheltenham for the science festival. A group of about 8 of us did some `Science Busking’ – that is turning up unannounced … Continue reading

Posted on January 12, 2011 by andyhowells in News | Tagged | 3 Comments

What Kiran Meekings did with her prize money…

My prize winning funds were used to finance a science communication trip to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference, which was held in Chicago from the 4th until the 8th of June this year. With over 50,000 doctors, … Continue reading

Posted on January 10, 2011 by in News | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Sally Fenton plans to do with her prize money…

I plan to use the money to promote the PAPA project (www.projectpapa.org, www.empoweringcoaching.co.uk ) which is a large European research project beginning this September. The Project aims to educate football coaches all over Europe (the UK, Spain, Greece, France and … Continue reading

Posted on January 6, 2011 by in News | Comments Off on What Sally Fenton plans to do with her prize money…

What Katy Mee did with her prize money…

As a volcanologist working for the British Geological Survey (BGS) there isn’t much opportunity to visit and study volcanoes since, you may have noticed, we don’t have any in Britain anymore! So when it was suggested by a friend that … Continue reading

Posted on December 9, 2010 by in News | Comments Off on What Katy Mee did with her prize money…

What Panos Soultanas did with his prize money…

Panos gave his money to Olivier Rannou (a second year PhD student) in order to pay for him to go to a conference in Sheffield. Olivier has written the following about what happened: As a second year PhD student in … Continue reading

Posted on November 29, 2010 by in News | Comments Off on What Panos Soultanas did with his prize money…

So how did I’m a Scientist go in 2010?

It’s important, in anything, to check that you’re doing a good job. When we’re running I’m a Scientist, we think we’re doing a good job and that the event is fun and exciting, and that students (and scientists!) learn things. … Continue reading

Posted on November 11, 2010 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on So how did I’m a Scientist go in 2010?

What Katy Milne did with her prize money

Katy Milne, winner of the March 2010 Hydrogen Zone I am just writing to thank everybody involved in ‘I’m a Scientist – Get me out of Here!’ in April 2010 on behalf of Bishop Kivengere Girls’ School Uganda. The school … Continue reading

Posted on November 10, 2010 by in News | Comments Off on What Katy Milne did with her prize money

I’m a scientist, still (Or, what the Ginger Ninja is doing with his prize money)

It’s a couple of months since I learned on Twitter that I had won the Imaging Zone of the June 2010 round of the “I’m a scientist, Get me out of here!” competition. I was absolutely delighted. But at the … Continue reading

Posted on August 18, 2010 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on I’m a scientist, still (Or, what the Ginger Ninja is doing with his prize money)

What Andrew Maynard did with his prize money…

I love books – the old fashioned kind, printed with ink on paper.  As a kid, books were my source of education, inspiration and entertainment.  As an adult, I still find there’s something oddly satisfying about picking up a sheaf … Continue reading

Posted on August 11, 2010 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on What Andrew Maynard did with his prize money…

What Mark Roberts is doing with his prize money…

Dear students You’ll be pleased to know as promised I’ll be off to the BSA Science Communication Conference next March where I’ll meet other scientists talking about the best ways to communicate our work. I’m chatting to @modsoph and @modshane … Continue reading

Posted on August 3, 2010 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on What Mark Roberts is doing with his prize money…

Who said scientists aren’t funny?

In I’m a Scientist we ask all the scientists to tell us a joke. It turns out everyone loves this bit of the scientist’s profiles, so we thought we would gather them all here together, for your delight and delectation… … Continue reading

Posted on July 23, 2010 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on Who said scientists aren’t funny?

What Vicki Onions did with her prize money…

I think I need to say, first of all, how much I enjoyed taking part in IAS – although the number of e-mailed questions was fairly daunting and the speed of the live chats left me physically and mentally exhausted … Continue reading

Posted on July 21, 2010 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on What Vicki Onions did with her prize money…

Students! Tell us what you thought about I’m a Scientist, and win a prize.

This is a last reminder: We really want to hear from you! What do you think, did you like I’m a Scientist? What did you like/dislike about it? Was it better or worse than normal lessons? You should fill in … Continue reading

Posted on July 19, 2010 by Moderator - Sophia in News | Comments Off on Students! Tell us what you thought about I’m a Scientist, and win a prize.