Evaluation Reports

RSC Zones Evaluation Report: 2013-2021

Between 2013 and 2021 the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, rsc.org) funded or part funded 32 IAS zones to engage students with chemists. This report is a summary of the activity in, and an evaluation of, the impact of those zones. Read the full report [PDF] ❯ Summary We ran 32 zones between June 2013 and October 2021 Students interacted directly with scientists in 669 live chat sessions 13,519 students logged in with 86% actively engaging: Students from 401 schools took part. 61% of participating schools were widening participation or in underserved areas. 377 scientists took part: Scientists represented a wide range of areas within chemistry, and showed students a wide range of backgrounds, careers, and routes into STEM. Every school live chat included a discussion around chemistry; at least 51% of live chat conversations included chemistry related terminology: Additionally, 26% of questions in ‘Ask’, and 55% of answers from … Continue reading

Posted on January 19, 2022 by modbella in Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on RSC Zones Evaluation Report: 2013-2021

RSC Zones and members activity Report: 2021

In 2021 the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, rsc.org) directly part-funded 3 IAS zones to engage students with chemistry. Members of the RSC participated in a further 7 Zones. This report is a summary of the activity in, and an evaluation of, the impact of those zones. Read the full report [PDF] ❯ Summary Throughout 2021, RSC members participated in 10 Zones across the IAS platform, 3 of which were directly part-funded by the RSC 7,327 students logged in with 80% actively engaging: Students connected with RSC members in 180 live chats: Students from 185 schools took part. 64% of participating schools were widening participation or in underserved areas. 51 reported RSC members took part: Scientists represented a wide range of areas within science, and showed students a wide range of backgrounds, careers, and routes into STEM. Taking part in IAS supports students’ science capital: Research carried out in 2019 … Continue reading

Posted on January 19, 2022 by modbella in Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on RSC Zones and members activity Report: 2021

MRC Zones Evaluation Report: 2018–2020

[caption id="attachment_13923" align="alignright" width="300"]IASUK MRC Zones 2018-20 Evaluation Report (Cover Image) IASUK MRC Zones 2018-20 Evaluation Report (Click image to read full report, [PDF])[/caption]Between 2018 and 2020 the Medical Research Council (MRC, mrc.ukri.org) funded 5 IAS zones to engage students with MRC research. This report is a summary of the activity in, and an evaluation of, the impact of those zones.

Read the full report [PDF] ❯

Summary

  • We ran 5 zones between June 2018 and November 2020
  • 5,335 students logged in with 80% actively engaging:
    • Students from 141 schools took part.
    • 59% of participating schools were widening participation or in underserved areas.
  • 226 researchers took part:
    • Scientists represented a wide range of areas within medical research, and showed students a wide range of backgrounds, careers, and routes into STEM.
  • Every school live chat included a discussion around medical research; at least 59% of live chat conversations included medical research topics:
    • Additionally, 41% of questions in ‘Ask’, and 57% of answers from researchers included discussions related to medical research themes.
  • Taking part in IAS supports students’ science capital:
    • Research carried out in 2019 into the impact of taking part in IAS shows that IAS maps well onto the Science Capital Teaching Approach, supporting science capital dimensions including: science literacy, seeing science as relevant to everyday life, knowledge about the transferability of science/science qualifications, and especially, knowing people in science-related jobs.
  • Taking part has a positive impact on MRC researchers:
    • MRC researchers reported increased skills (91%), confidence (86%), and enthusiasm (88%) for communicating research with lay people.
    • 82% increased their understanding of young people’s views on medical research.
    • 86% increased their interest in taking part in future public engagement activities.
    • 41% reported benefits to their profile as a researcher, and 40% reported benefits to their professional reputation.
  • IAS is different to other engagement projects MRC researchers have taken part in:
    • IAS is easy to participate in; it fits around schedules, there is no need to leave the office, lab, or home.
    • Pseudo-anonymity encourages a broader range of students to actively engage and ask questions.
    • Student-led discussions allow for a greater depth of engagement.

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Posted on March 9, 2021 by modjosh in Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on MRC Zones Evaluation Report: 2018–2020

I’m a Scientist, Stay at home: Evaluation Report

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is an online, student-led STEM enrichment activity. Since 2008, we have connected school students with scientists through energetic instant messaging-style chats. With the fast onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m a Scientist, Stay at home was planned in a short four week period of turmoil and uncertainty from late-March to mid-April 2020. The pandemic completely changed the way we run our activity. Read the full report ❯ This report is a summary of the activity in, lessons learnt, and an evaluation of the impact of this event. Our capacity modelling was based on 5% of UK schools requesting space in the activity. This seemed reasonable based on promotional support and our unique position of being able to provide online STEM enrichment at scale. This would involve up to 150,000 students connecting with 1,800 scientists. Recruitment Interest levels were excellent. By the end … Continue reading

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2018–20 STFC Legacy Award Evaluation Report

Summary We ran 24 zones across 5 events between November 2018 and March 2020: 20 IAS zones 4 IAE zones 142 STEM professionals took part: Scientists and engineers showed students a wide range of backgrounds, careers, and routes into STEM. 9,516 students logged in with 91% actively engaging. Students from 169 schools engaged. 67% of participating schools were widening participation or in underserved areas. The activity had a positive impact on students, teachers, and scientists and engineers: Teachers reported that the activity was effective in improving students’ motivations towards STEM, helping students see how STEM relates to the world around them, challenging stereotypes, and developing students’ awareness that STEM qualifications can be useful even if students don’t want to work in science. [A student] took part in the family live chat in the evening. The next day she was so excited and told me she couldn’t believe her luck in … Continue reading

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I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here: Green Zone Evaluation Report

Following school closures from 20 March 2020 due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Green Zone was run as a pilot for further I’m a Scientist, Stay at home zones planned for the 2020 Summer Term. The Green Zone was run as a pilot zone to work out what improvements would be required to enable a massive upscaling of the I’m a Scientist activity. It was an online space in which teachers could book live chats for their students prior to the Easter break. Delivery included moderation, and management and liaison with teachers and scientists. Read the evaluation report [PDF] Additionally, a summary of key data on activity in the Zone, with examples of engagement and some analysis of popular discussion topics is available in the Green Zone Report.

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BPS funded Psychology Zones: Annual Summary Report 2018-19

 

The idea they can speak to a real psychologist kinda blows their mind. They read about studies in books but don’t see those researchers as actual people

Teacher, Society Zone, June 2018

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In 2018 the British Psychological Society (BPS) agreed to fund multiple IAS psychology zones each year, where students across the UK connect with psychologists and BPS members.

Main findings from evaluating the psychology zones funded by the British Psychological Society between June 2018 and March 2019: Continue reading

Posted on July 29, 2019 by modemily in Evaluation, Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on BPS funded Psychology Zones: Annual Summary Report 2018-19

Science of Learning Zone 2018: Evaluation Report

Following a pilot project in February 2015, in 2017 Wellcome funded Mangorolla CIC to run the Science of Learning Zone between January and June 2018. The Science of Learning Zone was a place for teachers to send questions to, and have conversations with neuroscientists, psychologists and education researchers on topics around the science of learning. This report summarises the project, and the impact on teachers, participants and researchers. Download the report: The Science of Learning Zone 2018, Evaluation Report [PDF] The Zone attracted teachers: 87% of registered users were school teachers — two-thirds of whom had more than 10 years experience of teaching — or were involved professionally in education. 54% of the 2,220 visitors who completed a pop-up question without registering declared themselves to be teachers. Registered teachers told us they knew about education research but not about neuroscience and psychology. They were hoping to improve their confidence as a … Continue reading

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Royal Society of Chemistry funded zones 2016

In 2014, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) agreed to support I’m a Scientist over 3 years. Each year, they fund 9 zones across the UK and Ireland. Part of the arrangement is that we include five RSC members in general zones across the year to show school students the full breadth of science. Below is a summary of our main findings after evaluating the 9 RSC funded zones of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here 2016. Scientists improved their science communication skills and enjoyed an invigorating experience: “Taking part in this competition has reminded me why I love science, and I shall return to my research with renewed enthusiasm!” – Steve Street, chemist, Drug Discovery Zone The zones saw a great number of conversations around chemistry themes with keywords like “climate change”, “toxic”, “enzymes”, “battery”, “drug”, “energy”, “bacteria” being prominent in questions and live chats. 30 RSC … Continue reading

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STFC Large Award Evaluation 2013 -2016

In 2013, we received an STFC Large Award to engage students with STFC research in 27 I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer zones over three years. During this time, we’ve measured every activity we’ve run, and we have stopped to look more closely at aspects like widening participation, or the impact of the events in researchers and students. The STFC has been one of our most important funders, after the Wellcome Trust, in the last three years. This is a summary of how the collaboration has impacted I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer: 135 scientists and engineers have engaged with 10,602 students from all around the UK between June 2013 and March 2016. STFC zones reached a diverse set of students. 276 teachers, from 242 different schools geographically spread around the UK took part. Of these schools, 15% of them are Widening Participation schools. Students and teachers leave positive comments … Continue reading

Posted on July 26, 2016 by modangela in Evaluation, Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on STFC Large Award Evaluation 2013 -2016

Wellcome Trust Funded zones in November 2015 and March 2016

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 … Continue reading

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RSC funded zones 2015

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) agreed to support I’m a Scientist over 3 years through to the end of 2017. Each year, they fund 9 zones across the UK and Ireland. Part of the arrangement is that we include RSC members in five of our general zones to show school students the full breadth of science. Here is a summary of our main findings after evaluating the 9 RSC funded zones of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here 2015. Scientists improved their science communication skills: They learned about students’ interests and how to communicate with them in a more efficient way. … there is no better way to test how much you know about something than trying to explain it to someone with a more limited background on the topic.” – Jesús Calvo-Castro, Spectroscopy Zone The zones saw a great number of conversations around chemistry themes with … Continue reading

Posted on January 26, 2016 by modangela in Evaluation, Evaluation Reports, News | Comments Off on RSC funded zones 2015

Learning Zone – Evaluation Report

In February 2015 we partnered with the Wellcome Trust Education to create the I’m a Scientist Learning Zone. In the Learning Zone teachers could send questions to and have conversations (thought text based live-chats) with neuroscientists and psychologists involved in research on a broad range of topics around the science of learning.   The Learning Zone was successful, both teachers and scientists found it a valuable experience. We created a conversation between teachers and experts on the science of learning: 40 scientists and almost 300 teachers registered to take part. The Learning Zone site was visited by 7,000 users during the event. Pages in the Zone were viewed over 33,000 times. Scientists and teachers valued the event. 89% of teachers and 94% of scientists would participate again. Teachers improved their knowledge about the brain and learning. 66% of the teachers agreed that “their understanding about the brain and/or learning had improved”. Improving … Continue reading

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Evaluation Report: 2012 – 2015

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: 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. Click here to … Continue reading

Posted on April 25, 2015 by modangela in Evaluation, Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on Evaluation Report: 2012 – 2015

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: 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. Click here to … Continue reading

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Evaluation Report – Body Zone report

The Body Zone was designed to contribute to the 2014 Physiological Society focus on Understanding Obesity, and help to reach secondary school students, at an age where we’ve all become more aware of our appearance and lifestyle. The Body Zone in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! 10th – 21st November 2014 was successful: I’m a Scientist November 2014 has been our busiest event so far, and the Body Zone has been one of the busiest zones within the event. The Body Zone was particularly popular with teachers, it featured a steady influx of ASK questions that lead to more than 1,150 questions asked, of which more than 700 were approved and sent to the scientists. The students really got into the zone theme. Students asked lots of questions on the function, purpose and statistics of parts of the anatomy. There were also a lot of questions on … Continue reading

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Big Data Zones Report

In June 2014, teamed up with The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) to run two Big Data themed zones: The Genomics Zone and the Bioinformatics Zone, each featuring at least two TGAC scientists. And these were our main findings: The students were interested in the scientists: Students read the scientist profiles and asked about the research of each individual scientist. They were also very keen to learn more about the scientists; daily lives and hobbies, as well about their opinions on topical issues like animal testing. Students were interested in Genomics and Bioinformatics: Two difficult subjects which many of the students might not have been familiar with before the event. In fact, one teacher in the Genomics zone said she was pleasantly surprised with the level of the students’ questions and how the scientists explained what genomics is. The Bioinformatics and Genomics Zones exposed students to the new trends in biology: … Continue reading

Posted on July 30, 2014 by modangela in Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on Big Data Zones Report

CHRISTMAS LECTURES Zone 2013/2014 – Evaluation Report

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are a series of science talks, which have been held at the Royal Institution (Ri) since 1825. In December 2013, the Royal Institution teamed up with us to extend the discussion around the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, and give everyone the opportunity to ask questions to real scientists online. This was the first time we ran an I’m a Scientist zone alongside the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, so evaluating it was particularly important: we wanted to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the event and suggest improvements for future editions. These were our main findings: Almost 600 people participated in the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Zone, of whom 78% were students, 8% were teachers, and 14% were members of the general public. All of the teachers that answered our feedback survey agreed that we should run the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Zone next year. The two scientists who we interviewed after the event said … Continue reading

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November 2013 Ireland Event Evaluation Report

In November 2013 we run I’m a Scientist in Ireland for the second time. We run 4 zones: two themed on Nanotechnology and Space and two general zones named Helium and Lithium with a mix of 5 scientists. This report looks at how the event went. One of the main points of the report is our analysis of the impact that the event had on students’ perception of science. We found out that students’ interest in science and science related careers is clearly increased after taking part in I’m a Scientist. We also report on teacher and scientist feedback, which was generally very positive. As one teacher said: “This event offers the opportunity to do something different; an activity that brings out new strengths and abilities”. Sandra Byrne. Teacher Download the report here.

Posted on December 19, 2013 by modangela in Evaluation Reports | Comments Off on November 2013 Ireland Event Evaluation Report

How did the June 2013 event go? A summary for teachers

Nearly 7,000 students received close to 10,000 answers to their questions in the June 2013 event. But what did students ask? What were the most popular topics in live chats? What did your students teach the scientists? Have a read of the summary for teachers to find out…

Posted on July 5, 2013 by in Evaluation, Evaluation Reports, News, Teachers | Comments Off on How did the June 2013 event go? A summary for teachers