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What’s on: Autumn 2021

We’ve got lots of interesting activities for students this autumn term.

Teachers: get stuck in with I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer! Continue reading

Posted on July 20, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on What’s on: Autumn 2021

A message from June’s winner

The Psychology Zone ran for 6 weeks over June and July 2021. It was funded by the British Psychological Society, and featured 19 psychologists. 476 school students logged in, from 18 schools across the UK. They connected with the psychologists in live Chats and by asking questions. During the activity, students voted for their favourite psychologist. At the end of the Zone, the psychologist with the most votes was… 🏆 John Shaw – Lecturer in Sleep Psychology at De Montfort University As winner, John gets £500 to spend on further public engagement projects. Here’s what he had to say about his victory… “I am honoured that students voted for me as the Psychology Zone winner. It is not something I expected going into this, thank you to everyone involved. One thing that shone through in all the sessions is the curiosity of all involved, the desire to find out answers … Continue reading

Posted on July 20, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on A message from June’s winner

See who’s taking part this June!

Throughout June, students can connect with psychologists in the Psychology Zone. Students can Ask questions, Chat to them, and Vote for their favourite to win a £500 prize for more outreach activities.   Teachers: find out more and register to take part ❯   Here are just some of the psychologists taking part: Megan Whitehorn Brain enthusiast 🧠 Nora Vyas Psychologist, Award-winning Scientist, Fitness-fanatic 🏆 John Shaw Always slightly tired 😴🛏 Jessica Rea Social scientist that looks at how people are affected by their life experiences 🤝 Lisa Newson Inquisitive health psychologist 👨‍⚕️ Amber Newell Good listener, problem-solver, flexible worker, advocator for children and young people 🌍 Natalie Neal Advocating for children 📣 Gabriela Morris Fantasy-loving forensic psychologist 🔍 Gustav Markkula engineer turned behaviour-researcher ⚙ Anastasiia Kovalenko Nerdy psychologist, scared of rollercoasters 🎢😱 Laura Jackson-Burrage Tattooed quirky psychologist 🤯 Naomi Heffer Disney-obsessed psychology researcher 👸 Samantha Harrison Circus acrobat & … Continue reading

Posted on June 4, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on See who’s taking part this June!

The Winner of May’s Orange Zone

The Orange Zone ran for 4 weeks in May 2021. It was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, and featured 29 scientists working across a broad range of fields. Over the month, 865 students logged in from across the UK. During the activity students voted for their favourite scientist. At the end of the Zone, the scientist with the most votes was Emma Yhnell. As winner, Emma gets £500 to spend on further public engagement projects. Here’s what Emma had to say about her victory… Thank you so much / diolch yn fawr iawn for voting me as your Orange Zone winner!! I was so happy when I heard that I had won, I ran around my house doing a little happy dance! I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the students who voted and asked the … Continue reading

Posted on June 1, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on The Winner of May’s Orange Zone

What’s on in June and July 2021

We’ve got 3 activities running in June and July 2021. Each highlights a different area of STEM, but all with the same easy and flexible online engagement! Teachers, here’s what’s coming up this June… The Psychology Zone Connect your students with working psychologists and find out about psychology outside the classroom in the Psychology Zone. “Students read about studies but don’t see those researchers as actual people – the idea they can speak to a real psychologist through I’m a Scientist blows their mind!” – Teacher, Psychology Zone (March 2021) See which psychologists are taking part ❯ Find out more and sign up to the Psychology Zone ❯ The Candela Zone The Candela Zone is running in I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here. It’s a general engineering-themed activity, featuring engineers working in lots of different fields, such as sustainability and medical engineering. Take part to celebrate International Women … Continue reading

Posted on May 17, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on What’s on in June and July 2021

Who’s taking part this May?

Throughout May 2021, students can connect with scientists in the Orange Zone. Students can Ask questions, Chat to them, and Vote for their favourite to win a £500 prize for more outreach activities. The Zone features over 30 scientists, each working something different and exciting things. Here are just a few taking part: Yirui Jiang, who is “trying to bring the world of Harry Potter into our daily life!” 🧙‍♀️ Jordan Bestwick, who investigates the diets of dinosaurs 🦖 Jessica Pimlott, trying to save the world by making big batteries to store renewable energy 🌍 Take a look at all the scientists taking part ❯ Teachers: Find out more and sign up for May ❯ You can see where the scientists are from on the map below:

Posted on May 5, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on Who’s taking part this May?

A word from the Red Zone winner 🍾🎉

The Red Zone ran for 3 weeks in April 2021. It featured 28 scientists working in lots of different fields, from neuroscience, to pharmacology, to condensed matter physics. 725 students from across the UK logged in to connect with the scientists. During the Zone, students voted for their favourite scientist. At the end, the scientist with the most votes was Kip Heath. As winner, she gets £500 to spend on further public engagement projects. Here’s what Kip had to say about her victory… I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here was an incredible experience and I’m really grateful for having had the chance to take part. My fellow scientists in the Zone were all wonderful people that I am glad to have had the chance to work alongside. The last year has been really difficult for most people, and that has certainly been the case for NHS staff. I … Continue reading

Posted on May 4, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on A word from the Red Zone winner 🍾🎉

March 2021 winners 🥇

In March 2021, we ran 3 Zones in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here.

Each ran for 4 weeks, from 1 to 26 March.

Throughout the month students voted for their favourite scientist. At the end of each Zone, the scientist with the most votes was crowned the winner. They will receive £500 to spend on further public engagement activities.


The Pink Zone was part-funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC).

It featured 27 scientists from a broad range of fields. 5 of these were either funded by STFC, or worked at, or used data from, an STFC facility.

The winning scientist was Felicity Hunter. Here’s what she had to say about being the Pink Zone winner… Continue reading

Posted on April 13, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on March 2021 winners 🥇

🔴 Who’s in the Red Zone?

Throughout April 2021, students can connect with scientists in the Red Zone. Students can Ask questions, Chat to them, and Vote for their favourite to win a £500 prize for more outreach activities. The scientists are working on lots of different and exciting things. Here are just a few taking part: Abdullah Iqbal, who is repairing spinal cords 🪢 Angela Mwape, who gives off ‘positive vibes mostly’ 🎉 Georgia-Ann Carter, an anime-loving cognitive neuroscientist 🧠 Take a look at all the scientists taking part > Teachers – find out more and take part > You can see where the scientists are from on the map below:

Posted on March 31, 2021 by modtom in News | Comments Off on 🔴 Who’s in the Red Zone?

February’s winner! 🏆

In February 2021, the Purple Zone ran for 4 weeks. The activity was all about science, featuring 24 scientists from a broad range of fields. 867 students logged in, taking part in over 65 live chats and sending 150 questions to the scientists. During the activity, students voted for their favourite scientist. 100 votes were cast, and the winner was Amelia Gilio. Here’s what she had to say about being crowned the Purple Zone winner… I am delighted that you voted me your Purple Zone winner! I would like to say a big thank you to all of the students who participated and asked such smart and curious questions. I hope you all stay this inquisitive as it is the best way to keep learning, wherever your interests lie! Engaging with you all over the past month has been an enlightening experience; I have learnt a lot about myself and … Continue reading

Posted on March 3, 2021 by modjamie in News | Comments Off on February’s winner! 🏆