Over the last week, scientists and students across the UK have been engaging online in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here. Together they’ve talked about advice for STEM careers, classical music inspirations, scientists’ circus skills, the number of atoms in a keyboard key, how to observe people argue without affecting it, changing bad microbes to good, why bees have black stripes, and much, much more (Dumbledorus, the bacteria?).
There are twelve zones taking place at once this November:
- Electromagnetic Zone, Nuclear Zone and Roentgenium Zone funded by the STFC
- Enquiry Zone, Health Behaviour Zone and Society Zone funded by British Psychological Society
- Elements Zone funded by Royal Society of Chemistry
- Big Data Zone funded by Institute of Physics
- Microbe Zone funded by the Microbiology Society
- Sustainability Zone and the two general science zones Darmstadtium and Meitnerium, funded by Wellcome.
In total, in the seven days has seen:
- 3,479 school students logging in to the 12 zones
- 1,971ASK questions sent in by students sent to the 71 scientists
- 2,117 votes cast by students for their favourites
- (almost) uncountable levels of conversation in the 98 live chats that have taken place.
Great excitement in p7 during the live web chat @imascientist Lots of thoughtful questions and detailed replies. Now to think through our ideas for the investigations with the psychologists in the Enquiry Zone. @STEMglasgow pic.twitter.com/256J7lRPZE
— St.Bridget's Primary (@StBridgetsPS) November 14, 2019
Second @imascientist get me out of here! live chat down. Can’t believe how fast those 30 mins go! Lots of really interesting, thought provoking questions on everything from health behaviours & addiction to my favourite pizza topping 🍕 Can’t wait for the next one!👩🔬 #imascientist
— Dr Emily Mattacola (@emily_mattacola) November 12, 2019
If all this has got you wanting a piece of the action, then apply for the next I’m a Scientist, taking place 9–20 March. Or, if you’ve taken part already, tell your colleagues to sign up!
This November, 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 22 November. Best of luck to all the scientists!