Stars, stripes, and scientists

On Monday 11th May I’m a Scientist lands in the U S of A with the very first I’m a Scientist USA event!

IAS US LOGO

We’ve had some US schools and many US scientists take part in our UK event but this is the first time we’ve run an event just for them.

Our local partner, Keep On Questioning, is looking for schools and scientists to sign up by April 13th.

So if you get any joy from explaining the world or want to attend the best crash course in science communication, sign up now.

If you want your students to meet and question a wide range of scientists from across America, then please get your class involved.

Posted on March 26, 2015 ModShane in News, Project News | Leave a comment

Moderator Vacancies March 2015

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, is an award-winning event where school students (age 9–18) interact with real scientists online. We’re looking for 5 moderators to work on the next event which will run 9th – 20th March 2015.

At the same time we’ll also be running I’m an Engineer, and I’m a Geoscientist.

Your key responsibilities will be:

  • Checking and approving questions.
  • Adding appropriate keywords and tags (some understanding of search and filters always a bonus).
  • Logging and keeping track of questions, comments and dialogue.
  • Checking the site for errors, and inappropriate content and usernames.
  • Moderating live chats.
  • Keeping track of your live chats and an awareness of what else is going on.
  • Taking part in discussions and giving input.

It’s a lot of fun as the students (and scientists) are quick and funny and full of energy. And hey, promoting science engagement is a good thing, am I right?!

What we’d like from you..

  • You should be bright, thoughtful, pick stuff up easily, ideally with an interest in science engagement.
  • You’ll have great attention to detail and will enjoy being online, perhaps have experience in an online community.
  • The site is all built on WordPress, so if you’ve used that the “techy stuff” should be fairly familiar.
  • You’d be working from home, so you must also have broadband which doesn’t die every 10 minutes.
  • To be always available, ready and eager to take part.

Please send a covering letter and CV ASAP (by Wednesday 18th February 2015 at the latest), to Emily at emily@gallomanor.com, telling me why you think you’d be a good moderator.

  • Dates: 9th–20th March, Monday–Friday
  • Hours: 37.5/week, 08.30–16.00 GMT
  • Pay: £7.50/hr

You can (and should) find out more about the events at: imascientist.org.uk, imanengineer.org.uk, and imageoscientist.eu. You might also want to read this, on what kind of thing we’re looking for.

Posted on January 21, 2015 modemily in Event News, News | Leave a comment

Antibiotics Zone Report – November 2014

ant picWith over 560 registered students from 18 different schools, more than 31,000 page views, and 25 live chats, the Antibiotics Zone was the busiest one in I’m a Scientist. This zone was aimed at Year 11 students and up, and there were four European schools (one in Spain and three in France) who took part in it. Of note, the number of answers and lines of live chat were very evenly distributed among the five scientists.

 

Download the complete report here.

 

Posted on December 11, 2014 modangela in 2014, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Big Data Zone Report – November 2014

big data picWith 521 registered students and over 30,000 page views, the Big Data Zone had one of the highest levels of activity of I’m a Scientist November 2014, which has been our busiest event so far. The winner of the zone, Stefan really earned his prize by attending every live chat and being responsible of almost half of the scientists’ lines of live chat and 39% of their answers.

 

Download the complete report here.

 

Posted on December 11, 2014 modangela in 2014, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Body Zone Report – November 2014

body picThe Body Zone was very popular with teachers, it featured a steady influx of ASK questions that lead to more than 1,150 questions asked, of which more than 700 were approved and sent to the scientists. The scientists were great at coping with such a large number of questions, giving a total of over 1,400 answers.

 

Download the complete zone report here.

 

Posted on December 11, 2014 modangela in 2014, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Chemcareers Zone Report – November 2014

chem picThe ChemCareers Zone was built to help students find out more about careers in chemistry. Instead of five scientists, there were five experts working in careers advice roles and have had different experiences in the chemistry careers landscape. Students took advantage of the opportunity and asked a lot of questions about the expert’s personal experiences and opinions about school subjects, university courses and careers.

 

Download the complete report here.

 

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Drug Synthesis Zone Report – November 2014

drug picThe Drug Synthesis Zone was one of the most focused zones with regard to questions sticking to the theme. Scientists made a good effort at being present for live chats, especially Zoe, David and Sarah, who were responsible for most of the answers and lines of live chat.

 

Download the complete report here.

 

Posted on December 11, 2014 modangela in 2014, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Europium Zone Report – November 2014

eu picThe Europium Zone had the highest percentage of active students of all the zones in I’m a Scientist November 2014: up to 93% of the 491 registered students chatted with scientists, asked a question, commented or voted for their favourite scientist. All the scientists had a similar participation in answering ASK questions but Ali and Alex were particularly good with the live chats, being responsible of over 80% of the total lines of live chat.

 

Download the complete report here.

 

Posted on December 11, 2014 modangela in 2014, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Extreme Temperature Zone Report- November 2014

ext picThe Extreme Temperature Zone was very busy, with 543 students from 18 schools registered the event. 92% of these students took an active part by asking a question, commenting, chatting or voting for their favourite scientist. The five scientists were really good and kept an engaging tone throughout the event, especially Kate, whose research on volcanoes attracted a lot of attention.

 

Download the complete report here.

 

Posted on December 11, 2014 modangela in 2014, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Gadolinium Report Zone – November 2014

Gado picThe Gadolinium Zone saw a high variety of questions covering all the range of science subjects the scientists on the zone were working on. All the scientists were very good at engaging with students, particularly Tora, who was responsible for more than a third of the scientists’ lines of live chat.

 

Download the complete report here.

 

Posted on December 11, 2014 modangela in 2014, Zone Reports | Leave a comment