Over the last week, students and scientists across the UK have been engaging online in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here. Together they’ve talked about everything from what age you become interested in science, to favourite videogames, to why the ‘older generation’ left kids in charge of dealing with climate change, to making STEM engagement accessible to blind people, to the best ways for creating a wildlife garden, to the meaning of feminism and proudest moments in psychology.
There are seven zones taking place at once this June: Particles Zone and Space Zone funded by the STFC, Influence Zone and Mental Health Zone funded by British Psychological Society, Plants Zone and the two general science zone, Bohrium and Hassium, funded by Wellcome. See all the scientists and schools taking part in the event.
In total, in the seven days has seen:
- 2,098 school students logging in to the 7 zones
- 849 ASK questions sent in by students sent to the 42 scientists
- 1,206 votes cast by students for their favourites
- (almost) uncountable levels of conversation in the 88 live chats that have taken place.
— SlemishScience (@SlemishScience) June 13, 2019
— Jon Butterworth (@jonmbutterworth) June 13, 2019
Really enjoyed my time so far in the Influence Zone on @imascientist get me out of here! When they’re not asking me whether I like chicken nuggets or when I’m going to ask my girlfriend to marry me, these kids ask some really thought-provoking questions 🧠😁
— Dr Chris Fullwood (@DrChrisFullwood) June 13, 2019
If all this has got you wanting a piece of the action, then apply for the next I’m a Scientist, taking place 11–22 November. Or, if you’ve taken part already, tell your colleagues to sign up!
This June, there’s still much more to come. From 3pm on Tuesday the pressure starts to mount as the first scientist is evicted from each zone, with another following each day after. Who will survive to stay in the running for the £500 prize?
Find out before anyone else from the announcement in the staffroom each day until the winners are announced this Friday 21 June. Best of luck to all the scientists!