Wellcome Trust Funded zones in November 2015 and March 2016


Click here to download the report.

The Wellcome Trust provided funding to support the I’m a Scientist events in November and March of this academic year. We’ve written a report on what this funding allowed us to do, read it here.

Below are the key outcomes from the report:

  • 6 I’m a Scientist zones were run with Wellcome Trust funding in November 2015 and March 2016, including 2 themed zones, Fat Zone and Heart Zone, and 4 general science zones, two of which were for primary schools only.
  • 30 scientists were able to engage with school students, including 22 biomedical-related researchers. Of these, 45% were doing research supported by the Wellcome Trust
  • 2,826 school students logged into the zones, an average of 455 per zone.
  • 85 schools got a place in I’m a Scientist Wellcome Trust funded zones. 86% of these schools took part in the event.
  • £3,000 to be used for further public engagement was distributed among the winners of the zones.
  • Widening participation in schools – We developed criteria to identify schools that would benefit from taking part and 18% of the schools who took part in the zones met one of our criteria for schools underserved by STEM engagement.
  • Feedback from teachers and scientists was positive:

My school is absolutely buzzing about ‘I’m a Scientist’. Children are spending hours at home looking at questions. They don’t want to go out for lunch, so they can spend time on it!” – Teacher, Gold Zone

It’s been fun and manic all in one… Overall it’s been a great lesson in science comms! – Scientist, Rhenium Zone

Read more about the zones in the full report here

Posted on June 28, 2016 by in Evaluation, Evaluation Reports, News. Comments Off on Wellcome Trust Funded zones in November 2015 and March 2016