Science Outreach in Europe – Horizon2020 bid

One of the great things about I’m a Scientist as a science outreach event is its ability to bring together scientists and students from around the world.

This March we had scientists from Barcelona, Paris and CERN in the same event as pupils from the UK’s most northerly school on the tip of Shetland. A place so remote that Oslo is closer than London. National boundaries are ignored.

The word scientist across Europe

The event is currently running in Malaysia. After that Australia will be live. In the autumn a pilot will run in Kenya.

In June a spin off event I’m a Geoscientist, Get me out of here! will bring together geoscientists from Oklahoma to Paris with schools from Peru, South Africa, Romania, Serbia, Poland and Bulgaria.

It has long been an ambition of ours to do more with the event in Europe, but our timing was not great. The FP7 framework was coming to an end as we were ready to move forward. But now Horizon2020 is here and the Science with and for Society Programme has been announced. Part of that programme includes Making science education and careers attractive for young people (SEAC).

Our vision for I’m a Scientist in Europe is twofold. Firstly individual countries can run the event with schools in their area talking to both scientists working in the country and natural born scientists working abroad. Secondly we’ll run transnational events where scientists from a particular field of science engage with students from a range of EU countries. As part of that the students will have the chance to communicate with other students from around the continent. Our partners in the event will initiate their local events and commit to providing schools for the transnational events which they’ll also have the chance to create.

We are going to co-ordinate a bid under this programme and we are starting to build a network of partners from across Europe, so that we can present a strong case for funding. If you are interested in being part of the network please contact Shane McCracken via email or on +44 1225 326892.

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Xenon Zone Report – March 2014

xenonThe Xenon Zone was one of the first primary-only zones in I’m a Scientist. The number of students registered in the zone (471) was much higher than average, but the percentage of students who actively took part by asking a question, live chatting, voting or commenting was lower than average. The CHAT section of the zone was busier than the ASK section. Live chats were often full of positive comments and more factual than conceptual questions, which may be due to it being a primary-only zone. Students asked a range of questions about each scientist’s research topic, although Claire’s work as a vet and Zach’s investigations to kill blood cancer cells attracted the most attention.

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Plants Zone Report – March 2014

plantsSchools given places in the Plants Zone didn’t register a lot of students. However, the students that did register were very good at asking on-topic questions about plants and plant physiology in general. Students asked for advice on how to take care of plants, and they were also interested on their different applications, especially health related ones. Of course, there was also space for some quirky questions, in which students asked about how conditions in other planets might affect plants, or whether we could grow plants in space.

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Organs Zone Report – March 2014

organsThe Organs Zone was the busiest zone of I’m a Scientist March 2014. Over 500 students registered in the zone, asked over 1,500 questions between them, and cast the most votes of any zone during this event. In both ASK and CHAT sections there were lots of questions about different organs and parts of the body (skin, brain, heart, lung, blood…), and health related issues. Students were interested in learning about how our body works.

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Nuclear Zone Report – March 2014

nuclearThe Nuclear Zone was funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. This zone had a high percentage of active students – 84% of students who registered asked a question, live chatted, voted, or commented. Students asked a lot of questions on the topic. They were very interested in scientists’ daily routines in work places such as CERN, and asked lots of questions about subatomic particles, such as the Higgs Boson.

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Light Zone Report – March 2014

LightThe Light Zone was funded by the Institute of Physics. The hot topic of conversation in the Light Zone was indeed light. The students wanted to find out more about light in relation to the universe, technology and energy, also asking more fundamental physics questions about light itself. The zone was more balanced towards Live Chat than ASK questions, and the students were engaged and interested in the physicists’ work.

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Lanthanum Zone Report – March 2014

lanthThe Lanthanum Zone had the most live chats of any zone during this I’m a Scientist event. As might have been expected, in the live chats the students were particularly interested in Lewis’s work with chimps and monkeys and Clare’s work on how daily habits can affect sperm function. Students used the ASK section to learn more about all of the scientists’ research areas. The engagement of students with this zone was further reflected in the high number of votes collected.

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Extreme Size Zone Report – March 2014

exsizeThe Extreme Size Zone was funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The students in the Extreme Size Zone were very engaged in both the ASK and CHAT sections, despite the zone having fewer registered students than the average zone. 439 questions were approved, and the scientists left over 1,000 answers to these questions, which is almost double the average of 533 answers per zone.

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ComputationalBio Zone Report – March 2014

CompbioThe ComputationalBio Zone had the second highest number of registered students of all I’m a Scientist zones in March 2014. This led to a very busy zone! The 475 students asked over 1,000 questions between them, had very busy live chats and were very engaged in voting. The students asked more general science questions and questions about the scientists’ particular research, than specific questions about Computational Biology. Anna was especially good at engaging with students during the live chats, and guiding them towards her topic of research.

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Colour Zone Report – March 2014

colourThe Colour Zone was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This zone had a higher % of engaged students than any other zone; 88% of students who registered asked a question, live chatted, voted, or commented. These highly engaged students voted the most of any zone. While the scientist with the most activity is often the zone winner, the quantity of engagement didn’t seem as important in this zone. The students crowned Roy their winner despite Rowena’s sterling live chat and question answering efforts.

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