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How a text-only Chat helped a student with selective mutism communicate with adults

The text-based Chats on I’m an Engineer and I’m a Scientist can work particularly well for students for whom face-to-face communication is inaccessible. This was demonstrated when Daniel, a child with selective mutism, entered Vicky Heslop’s classroom.

In a recent article for Tes magazine, Vicky says that Daniel “would talk through his friends, who would ask questions on his behalf” but was unable to communicate with adults and teachers. Vicky, a teacher at Westbury Junior School in Wiltshire, explains that it was a “huge challenge for me to understand Daniel’s inner world, his interests and passions.” Continue reading

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Head Moderator Vacancy

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, I’m a Medic, Get me out of here and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here are online STEM enrichment activities for school students in the UK and Ireland, where students of all abilities aged 8-18 can ask scientists their questions in text-based live chats, and get to know what real scientists are like.

Find out more about the activities at: I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer.
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Posted on June 27, 2022 by modmarcia in News | Comments Off on Head Moderator Vacancy

Showing students the multitude of pathways into STEM careers

Through I’m an Engineer, Aisling Lee was able to show school students a different pathway into STEM. Continue reading

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New: Pandemic Prevention Debate Kit

Our next Science Debate Kit asks:

Pandemic Prevention: Were all groups treated fairly?

Pandemic Prevention Debate Kit Front Cover
As the Royal Institution CHRISTMAS LECTURES take an in-depth look at how new discoveries made as a result of the pandemic are set to change the future of medicine students can explore the societal and ethical implications of science and technology through 8 thought-provoking character cards. Continue reading

Posted on March 14, 2022 by modjosie in News | Comments Off on New: Pandemic Prevention Debate Kit

Moderator Vacancies: March 2022

We’re looking for online moderators to work with us on our March 2022 activities.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, I’m a Medic, Get me out of here and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here are online STEM enrichment activities for school students in the UK and Ireland, where students of all abilities aged 8-18 can ask scientists their questions in text-based live chats, and get to know what real scientists are like.

Find out more about the activities at: I’m a Scientist, I’m a Medic and I’m an Engineer.

Our upcoming events will run from March 2022 onward. Continue reading

Posted on January 26, 2022 by modem in News | Comments Off on Moderator Vacancies: March 2022

Transforming scientists’ approaches to public engagement through I’m a Scientist

Taking part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! transformed PhD student Liam Taylor’s approach to public engagement. Continue reading

Posted on October 19, 2021 by modjosie in Case Study, News, Scientists | Tagged | Comments Off on Transforming scientists’ approaches to public engagement through I’m a Scientist

Moderator Vacancies: November 2021

We’re looking for online moderators to work with us on our November 2021 activities.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here are online STEM enrichment activities for school students in the UK and Ireland, where students of all abilities aged 8-18 can ask scientists their questions in text-based live chats, and get to know what real scientists are like.

Find out more about the activities at: I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer. Continue reading

Posted on October 7, 2021 by modem in News | Comments Off on Moderator Vacancies: November 2021

Removing barriers to communication for students with additional learning needs

Jo works at a large comprehensive school in South Wales in the Autism Spectrum Condition Unit. She explains, “We used I’m a Scientist as a social skills lesson. Yes, there’s interest in science, but really it was so they could talk to the scientists without any pre-judgement.”

The text-only format of I’m a Scientist meant that the key focus was on the questions students were asking, and not on the students themselves. “The scientists didn’t know the students were on the spectrum, and the conversation flowed.” Continue reading

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Taking the whole-school approach to I’m a Scientist

When PHSE plans were scuppered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jon Hale chose to bring I’m a Scientist to an entire school… at the same time. Continue reading

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Even life-altering pandemics can’t stop student STEM engagement

In 2008, Beijing hosted the Olympics, George Sampson won Britain’s Got Talent, and I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here hosted its first event: each Zone hosting 5 scientists and 25 school classes.

Over 2 weeks the students would put the scientists through their paces, posting questions, joining text-based Chats, and voting for their favourite scientist to make it through progressive rounds of ‘evictions’ before a winner was declared on the final Friday.

For 12 years that format remained relatively unchanged. Little tweaks here and there, but the core format — 5 or 6 scientists; 25 classes; 2 weeks, 3 times per year — stayed the same. It worked.

Until, of course, 2020. Continue reading

Posted on June 3, 2021 by modjosie in News, Project News | Comments Off on Even life-altering pandemics can’t stop student STEM engagement

Helping Science Centre outreach during COVID-19

The Life Science Centre sits at the heart of unique science village in Newcastle upon Tyne. In a typical year, their visitor’s centre welcomes an average of 300,000 people. But 2020 was not a typical year.

“Once we entered lockdown, we were looking for ways to engage with schools,” says Toni Hamill, Education Programme and Partnership Manager for the Centre for Life. “I’m a Scientist was really useful because we know that it’s safe, and it had been used in hundreds of schools across the UK already.”
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Unique online youth summits using our proven formula

While teachers come to I’m a Scientist for tried-and-tested STEM engagement with in-built safeguarding, they also find lots of additional benefits to text-based communication for their students.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, video conferencing (with all its glitches and delays) quickly became the norm. However, when the Royal Institution Youth Summit was not able to take place in-person in October 2020, I’m a Scientist was chosen to host the summit online. Continue reading

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Moderator Vacancies: March 2021

We’re looking for online moderators to work with us on our March 2021 activities.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here are online STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) enrichment activities for school students in the UK and Ireland.
Students of all abilities aged 8 to 18 can take part. They can ask scientists and engineers their questions in text-based live chats, and get to know what real scientists and engineers are like.

Find out more about the activities at: I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer. Continue reading

Posted on January 28, 2021 by admin in News | Comments Off on Moderator Vacancies: March 2021

November 2020 winners’ messages

After every event we ask the winning scientists to write a short post to be sent to all the students who took part in the zone. It’s the perfect way for the scientists to reflect on their experience with I’m a Scientist, and talk about how they plan to use their £500 prize money.

If you’re a scientist, whether in academia or industry, and you’re keen to experience the ‘best crash course in sci-comm’, you can let us know you’re available to take part now.

Apply now for events happening this year.
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Posted on December 23, 2020 by admin in News | Comments Off on November 2020 winners’ messages

Royal Institution Online Youth Summit 2020 – Report

Screenshot of home page of RI Youth SummitEach year the RI run a youth summit on a subject related to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES. In 2020 it was decided to run the Summit prior to the filming of the lectures so that the views of the delegates could be communicated to the lecturers. However the Covid-19 pandemic intervened and the RI building remained closed to the public.

The decision was taken to bring the summit online and I’m a Scientist was chosen as the platform because of a strong record of safeguarding and working with the RI on the Lectures. Continue reading

Posted on October 30, 2020 by ModShane in Evaluation, Project News | Comments Off on Royal Institution Online Youth Summit 2020 – Report

Moderator Vacancies: November 2020

We’re looking for online moderators to work with us on our November 2020 activities.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here are online STEM enrichment activities for school students in the UK and Ireland, where students of all abilities aged 8-18 can ask scientists their questions in text-based live chats, and get to know what real scientists are like. Continue reading

Posted on September 29, 2020 by in News, Science Engagement | Comments Off on Moderator Vacancies: November 2020

“Easily the most enjoyable and rewarding STEM event I have taken part in”- March 2020 Winners’ blog posts

After every event we ask the winning scientists to write a short post to be sent to all the students who took part in the zone. It’s the perfect way for the scientists to reflect on all the engagement of the previous weeks, thank all the students for voting for them, and talk about how they plan to use their £500 prize money.

Greg Heikel, City Hospital Nottingham, Antimicrobial Zone

“Thank you all so much for taking part, we had so many great questions and I hope you all enjoyed it! I had a great time, it was really heartening to see the enthusiasm you all had for science and I hope that we have inspired some of you to enter science as a career. I still can’t really believe I won, especially with some amazing scientists in our zone, so thank you to everyone.”

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Posted on March 31, 2020 by modemily in News | Comments Off on “Easily the most enjoyable and rewarding STEM event I have taken part in”- March 2020 Winners’ blog posts

COVID-19: Students’ questions

Word cloud of themes students ASK about COVID-19With schools across the UK due to close this week, the impact on the daily lives of students and young people of the COVID-19 outbreak is clear. We wanted to do a little analysis to look at what young people are concerned about, what are they asking?

Finding ourselves in the midst of the March I’m a Scientist (IAS) and I’m an Engineer (IAE) events, means that for the past few weeks, young people across the UK and Ireland have had the opportunity to ask any questions they like to groups of scientists and engineers.

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Posted on March 19, 2020 by modjosh in Evaluation, News | Comments Off on COVID-19: Students’ questions

Moderator Vacancy: 9th – 20th March 2020

We’re looking for online moderators to work with us on our March 2020 activities.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here are online STEM enrichment activities for schools students in the UK and Ireland, where students of all abilities aged 8-18 can ask scientists their questions in text-based live chats, and get to know what real scientists are like.

You can (and should) find out more about the activities at: I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer Ireland.

I’m a Scientist UK will run from the 9th – 20th March 2020. Continue reading

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Moderator Vacancy: 2nd – 27th March 2020

We’re looking for a moderator to work with us from our offices in Bath on our March 2020 activities.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here are online STEM enrichment activities for schools students in the UK and Ireland, where students of all abilities aged 8-18 can ask scientists their questions in text-based live chats, and get to know what real scientists are like.

You can (and should) find out more about the activities at: I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer Ireland.
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Posted on January 28, 2020 by modemily in News | Comments Off on Moderator Vacancy: 2nd – 27th March 2020