Press

Resources to help journalists, bloggers and others covering the event. Feel free to use all the resources below. Please contact admin@imascientist.org.uk if you’d like further information.

We use twitter as a way to interact with sponsors, scientists and teachers, and to communicate how the event is going. Get on board and follow us at @imascientist and keep an eye on tweets marked #IASUK. You can also visit this page to see what has been written about I’m a Scientist in the press.

Interview opportunities

Participant pupils and scientists from previous events are available for interview on request — contact admin@imascientist.org.uk

About I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here

‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!’ is an online event where school students get to meet and interact with real scientists. It’s an X Factor-style competition between the scientists, where the students are the judges. Students submit questions which the scientists will try to answer by the next day. Students then have live online Facebook-style chats with the scientists, where they ask questions, learn more about the scientists, and let scientists know their opinions. It takes place online over a two week period.

The event takes place over two weeks, allowing the students time to gather enough information about which scientist they want to vote for, and subsequently to win the prize money. The scientists with the fewest votes are evicted until only one is left to be crowned the winner in each zone. The event is supported by carefully developed and tested teaching resources that develop students’ skills and deepen their understanding, which are available here for teachers and here for scientists.

It’s completely free for UK schools to take part.

Scale of event

The most recent I’m a Scientist event ran from 9th–20th March 2015 with…

  • 14 zones
  • 70 scientists (five scientists in each zone)
  • 4,595 students
  • 234 live chats
  • with 3,333 questions approved
  • and 6,929 answers from scientists.

The next event will run 10th–20th June 2015.

Artwork and photos

Logos

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More image resources

Check out this page for artwork, photos, logos, or videos for use promoting the event.

Funders and friends

Zones have been funded by IOP, STFC, PhySoc and RSC among many others.

The event is funded by a Society Award from the Wellcome Trust, with additional support from the National Science Learning Centres and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

More information about our partners and funders, and information about funding the event.

More information and resources