I’ve donated the prize money to two causes. Based on how far behind I’ve gotten with work and everything, I felt it was easier to donate the full £500 prize money to some good causes that will actually get stuff done, so I’ve donated £200 to the charity Engineers Without Borders UK who help with all kinds of awesome projects around the world, bringing sanitation and power and inspiration to poor communities globally, as well as running outreach session for schools in the UK.
I donated the remaining money to the London Science Museum in the hope that they will continue to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists and engineers. From my own experience, it was visiting museums and science exhibits as a child that got me hooked on wanting to better understand the world through science, I hope this view is shared by lots of other kids, we need scientists and engineers now more than ever!
For the chance to win funding for your own public engagement work, apply for the next I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here: imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply