March 2012 – March 2015 Evaluation Report

We were awarded a Wellcome Trust Society Award to run I’m a Scientist from March 2012 until June 2014. We later received a grant extension for November 2014 to June 2015. This report is all about our learnings in these last three years: from March 2012 until March 2015.

Our main learning points are:

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1. I’m a Scientist has gone from 30 zones per year in 2012, to 54 zones scheduled in the 2014/2015 school year.
2. Expanding zones to different audiences: primary school students and general public shows.
3. I’m a Scientist is a public engagement boost for scientists.
4. I’m a Scientist gets students enthused about science.
5. I’m a Scientist reaches a diverse set of students.
6. Teachers come back, but tricky to track.
7. Students ASK about cancer, animals, and life and CHAT about science, scientists and work.
8. Moving forwards, further adaptation to new technologies (such as tablets and smartphones) is important.

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June 2015 Moderator Job Vacancies

Hey, it’s that time again! We’re looking for moderators for our June 2015 event! I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer are award-winning online events allowing students (from 9 – 18) to interact with real live scientists. We’re looking for 2 moderators to work on the next event which will run from the 15th June to the 26th June 2015.

Your key responsibilities will be:

  • checking and approving questions
  • adding appropriate keywords and tags
  • logging and keeping track of questions, comments and dialogue
  • checking the site for errors and inappropriate content and usernames
  • moderating live chats
  • helping to run the site

It’s actually 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 (THIS IS IMPORTANT)
  • You 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 will be pretty familiar.
  • You’d be working from home, so you must also have broadband which doesn’t die every 10 minutes.

Extra bonus things we’d like, but aren’t hugely important..

  • A sense of humor
  • The ability to multitask
  • Interested in discussing your lunch

Please send a CV and short covering letter ASAP (by Monday 1st June 2015), to Emily at emily@gallomanor.com, telling us why you think you’d be a good moderator.

  • Dates: 15th – 26th June (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 and imanengineer.org.uk.

Posted on May 21, 2015 modemily in Event News, Science Engagement | Leave a comment

Terbium Zone Report – March 2015

TerbiumThe Terbium Zone contained the most schools of any zone. It was a general science zone that was run as part of a study organised by the Institute of Physics, which investigated gender behaviour during the event. Philip, Angeline and Shona contributed nearly all the answers to questions, and Philip, who won, also typed a third of all live chat lines. The topics covered were quite varied, reflecting the diverse background of the scientists.

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Sustaining Health Zone Report – March 2015

Sustaining HealthThis zone included scientists whose research followed the theme of the Wellcome Trust’s ‘Sustaining Health’ strategic plan. This scheme aims to bring together different disciplines researching how to improve the health of the growing global population, resulting in a zone consisting of scientists from varied fields, including plant archaeology, bacteriology and water purification.

Students asked many questions referencing these areas, and the top three scientists engaged strongly in both ASK and CHAT. This made it one of the most focused zones during March, and 92% of students asked a question, voted or attended a live chat. The Zone winner, Sam, in particular was very active in live chats, providing 39% of the scientists’ activity across the 18 live chats.

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Particle Physics Zone Report – March 2015

Particle Physics

The Particle Physics Zone consisted of scientists whose research ranged from designing electromagnets of accelerators, to analysing data from the Large Hadron Collider, to computer modelling of quantum interactions.  This zone was one of the most focused of the themed zones in March, and questions covered the whole range of particle physics, testing the scientists’ knowledge regularly. The top three scientists were very competitive, and the winner, Ollie, attended all but one of the live chats.

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Molecules Zone Report – March 2015

Molecules

The Molecules Zone was a themed zone that included scientists illustrating the diversity of chemistry. Their backgrounds ranged from drug development, to alternative fuels, to researching novel chemical reactions. This zone was one of the most active during March and the scientists did well to keep up with the 334 approved questions and engage with the students during busy live chats.

The number of comments left in ASK (89) was nearly twice the average for March (45). The 338 votes cast was also above average for I’m a Scientist. Question topics in the Zone were not purely focused on chemistry and this resulted in the feeling of a general science zone.

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Medical Physics Zone Report – March 2015

Medical Physics

The Medical Physics zone had the most students of all the zones and the most live chats. It was run as part of a study organised by the Institute of Physics, which investigated gender behaviour during the event. This meant that double the usual number of classes was signed up for this zone. The scientists who took part were all involved with imaging and treating patients using MRI or radiation therapy. This was a competitive zone where all scientists contributed a similar level of answers and each attended many of the increased number of chats.

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Materials Zone Report – March 2015

Materials

The Materials Zone was a themed zone run for primary school students with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The chemists taking part worked in a variety of areas related to different materials, such as colour inks, plant plastics and computers using transition metals molecules. Nearly every student that registered was active on the site with 99% using ASK, CHAT or VOTE. Questions and topics in the zone were much broader than the theme as the students used the opportunity to ask the scientists questions on many different areas of science in addition to materials, and the scientists enjoyed the challenge.

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Light Zone Report – March 2015

Light

The Light Zone was a themed zone featuring scientists associated with the Science and Technologies Facilities Council. After a quiet start it became one of the busier zones, and it was one of the most topic-focused zones during March, with questions about many different aspects of light. There were also a lot of quirky questions for the scientists to answer and this zone had two particularly engaged scientists in Hugh and Ed. During live chats, Ed was responsible for more lines than three of the scientists put together.

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Immune System Zone Report – March 2015

Immune System

The Zone was one of the busiest during March, in which 699 questions were submitted and 373 were approved, both the highest number out of the March zones. It was also the most focused zone, and the students were really interested in what the scientists could tell them about their research and their daily lives.

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