I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! – working scientists answer school pupils’ questions online, ??500 prize :)

I’ve just posted info about Cafe Sci Schools for scientists who want to go and talk to school pupils about science.

You might also like “I’m a Scientist” which lets young people ask questions about science and answers are provided by working scientists (it could be you!) online.

From their Twitter bio

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an award-winning event that gets young people talking to real scientists online. Funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The online two-week long events take place in March and June, you can apply for 2011 below, and every day after Tuesday of the second week sees each week one scientist being voted out and the last one wins £500.

I think I probably first heard of it a few years ago but it was really over the last two years that it got on my radar, very much so because of Twitter (which I think you’d agree is a fantastic medium for science communicators to hear about other #scicomm goings on) and from Sophia Collins’ tweets on @imascientist

As always, mildly rueful that it’s not for science communicators that aren’t working scientists but encouraging scientists to talk about their work online as well as offline is certainly something I can get behind. 

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!

I’m a Scientist is like school science lessons meet the X Factor! School students choose which scientist gets a prize of £500 to communicate their work.

Scientists and students talk on this website. They both break down barriers, have fun and learn. But only the students get to vote.”

For scientists
Apply: http://imascientist.org.uk/scientist-registration/

Do you want to get into schools without having to leave the lab?

Do you want to be sure there is a real educational benefit to what you are doing?

Well handily enough you can take part in ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!’ and do both.

We get teenagers talking to real scientists, online, and learning about real science. Students have fun, but also get beyond stereotypes, learn about how science relates to real life, develop their thinking and discussion skills and make connections with real scientists.

You will make a difference. And you’ll be learning too. Teenagers ask all sorts of questions – from the cheeky to the thought-provoking. They fizz with energy and can be infectious company. As one scientist told us after the pilot event, “It really made me think about what I do and why.”

You can read more about what teachers, students and scientists thought about the pilot in our evaluation report.

You will:
Chat with young people (yr9 – yr13), answering their questions about science, research, and just about everything else…

Volunteer a little time to speaking with your audience (usually 1-2hrs/day)

Get young people thinking about how science affects their daily lives

You need:
A computer with an internet connection (and that’s all!)

The next events will run in March 2011 and June 2011. Hurry, sign up now!

This award-winning event is funded by the Wellcome Trust, to promote public engagement with science.

Register your interest in taking part in future events at

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