Category Archives: 2014

Antibiotics Zone Report – November 2014

ant picWith over 560 registered students from 18 different schools, more than 31,000 page views, and 25 live chats, the Antibiotics Zone was the busiest one in I’m a Scientist. This zone was aimed at Year 11 students and up, and there were four European schools (one in Spain and three in France) who took part in it. Of note, the number of answers and lines of live chat were very evenly distributed among the five scientists.

 

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Big Data Zone Report – November 2014

big data picWith 521 registered students and over 30,000 page views, the Big Data Zone had one of the highest levels of activity of I’m a Scientist November 2014, which has been our busiest event so far. The winner of the zone, Stefan really earned his prize by attending every live chat and being responsible of almost half of the scientists’ lines of live chat and 39% of their answers.

 

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Body Zone Report – November 2014

body picThe Body Zone was very 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 scientists were great at coping with such a large number of questions, giving a total of over 1,400 answers.

 

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Chemcareers Zone Report – November 2014

chem picThe ChemCareers Zone was built to help students find out more about careers in chemistry. Instead of five scientists, there were five experts working in careers advice roles and have had different experiences in the chemistry careers landscape. Students took advantage of the opportunity and asked a lot of questions about the expert’s personal experiences and opinions about school subjects, university courses and careers.

 

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Drug Synthesis Zone Report – November 2014

drug picThe Drug Synthesis Zone was one of the most focused zones with regard to questions sticking to the theme. Scientists made a good effort at being present for live chats, especially Zoe, David and Sarah, who were responsible for most of the answers and lines of live chat.

 

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Europium Zone Report – November 2014

eu picThe Europium Zone had the highest percentage of active students of all the zones in I’m a Scientist November 2014: up to 93% of the 491 registered students chatted with scientists, asked a question, commented or voted for their favourite scientist. All the scientists had a similar participation in answering ASK questions but Ali and Alex were particularly good with the live chats, being responsible of over 80% of the total lines of live chat.

 

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Extreme Temperature Zone Report- November 2014

ext picThe Extreme Temperature Zone was very busy, with 543 students from 18 schools registered the event. 92% of these students took an active part by asking a question, commenting, chatting or voting for their favourite scientist. The five scientists were really good and kept an engaging tone throughout the event, especially Kate, whose research on volcanoes attracted a lot of attention.

 

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Gadolinium Report Zone – November 2014

Gado picThe Gadolinium Zone saw a high variety of questions covering all the range of science subjects the scientists on the zone were working on. All the scientists were very good at engaging with students, particularly Tora, who was responsible for more than a third of the scientists’ lines of live chat.

 

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Space Zone Report – November 2014

spa picAlways a popular zone theme; the Space Zone saw a large number of focused questions around the topic of Space. 92% of the students registered in the zone were active; chatting with the scientists, asking questions, and commenting or voting for their favourite. All the scientists engaged well with the students, especially Helen and Julia, who were responsible of most of the answers and scientists’ lines of live chat.

 

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Spectroscopy Zone Zone Report – November 2014

spec picThe five scientists taking part in the Spectroscopy Zone got really involved in the event, which lead to an average of almost three answers per approved ASK question. Matthew and Andrew were particularly good in the live chats, being responsible of over 70% of the scientists’ activity in them.

 

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Agriculture Zone Report – June 2014

AgricultureThe Agriculture Zone winner, Jennifer Stephens, stands out as really engaging with the students. She gave nearly half of the answers in the zone, and two thirds of all the live chat from the scientists. The students were particularly interested in genetically modified organisms (GMO), particularly whether it’s safe to eat genetically modified plants.

 

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Animal Behaviour Zone Report – June 2014

animalThe students in the Animal Behaviour Zone asked a lot of factual questions about animals, and the topic of animal testing was also brought up on several occasions. The scientists in this zone were all very engaged (they shared answering questions nearly evenly between all 5 of them) and were particularly good at answering questions as soon as they were approved. Interestingly, the focus of this zone was more in the CHAT section rather than in ASK, whereas previous Animal Behaviour Zones attracted many more ASK questions from students.

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Astronomy Zone Report – June 2014

astroThe Astronomy Zone was very popular among teachers, and it was the first zone to be fully booked. Students’ questions were really focused and on-topic, as well as very specific and consistent, probably due to students being familiar with the term “astronomy”.  This was the zone with the highest activity in the CHAT section, with 18 live chats and over 7,700 lines of live chat. All the scientists in the zone were really engaged, sharing the load of questions answering and chatting in the ASK and CHAT sections between all 5 of them, as well as lots of discussion on Twitter. Zone winner Roberto decided to donate his prize money to the runner-up Sam, as he already has enough outreach funds to run his own public engagement projects.

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Barium Zone Report – June 2014

bariumThe Barium Zone was a primary school zone. This zone had few registered students, and lower student activity than average. After visiting certain primary schools during the event, we have seen how the dynamics of the event change slightly from what we have observed in secondary schools. This might partially explain the lower activity registered in some of the primary school zones, as some teachers would register students in groups rather than individually, or run the whole activity with just their teacher account. The Barium Zone winner, Ekbal, stands out as really engaging with the students, contributing over half of all the live chat activity from the scientists

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Bioinformatics Zone Report – June 2014

bioinfoThe Bioinformatics Zone was lively, with over 800 questions asked and busy live chats, even though only 5 schools registered students in the zone. All the scientists were good at answering ASK questions quickly, and Sergey, Claire, and Ian were particularly good at live chats, covering most of them. The students in this zone seemed to understand the scientists’ research better than in previous Big Data themed zones, and asked each scientist about them: they asked Sergey about programming, Ian about how genes work in the brain and Claire about genetic mutations.

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Diamond Zone Report – June 2014

diamondThe Diamond Zone was funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council and featured scientists working at Diamond Light Source, using it for their research or using data collected at Diamond. This zone was extremely busy with the largest number of students registered during this event: 524 students, of whom 82% asked questions, took part in a chat, commented, or voted for a scientist. The chats were always buzzing with a broad range of questions, reflecting the different work of the scientists. The ASK section was also very busy, but scientists kept up with the questions at all times, giving over 1,000 answers between them! Students in the zone were really keen to know more about the scientists’ work, as shown by the questions’ keywords below.

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Drug Development Zone Report – June 2014

drug devThe Drug Development Zone had a low number of registered students, given that only 3 schools out of the 8 schools given classes in the zone bought their students online. Nevertheless, the percentage of active students was higher than average 87% of students asked a question, chatted, commented or voted for their favourite scientist. This kept the zone lively with high quality on-topic questions.

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Extreme Energy Zone Report – June 2014

extreme9 schools registered students in the Extreme Energy Zone, which lead to lively CHAT sessions, particularly during the first week of the event.  There was a good balance of questions about space, the beginning of the universe, Physics theories and the day to day life and work of a scientist. The scientists in this zone were all very engaged, giving a high average of 2.5 answers per question.

 

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Genomics Zone Report – June 2014

genomicsThe Genomics Zone had the highest percentage of active students, which made a lively zone in spite of having only 3 schools taking part. 93% of the students registered asked or commented on a question, chatted with the scientists or voted for their favourite one. All the scientists in the zone were engaged with the event, answered student questions and chatted with them. There was a huge focus on DNA and genes during the live chats, and a number of very interesting science based questions were asked, particularly during the first week.

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Infectious Diseases Report – June 2014

infectiousThe Infectious Diseases Zone had a high number of fast-paced and intense live chats, as a result of over 400 students from 9 schools taking part. The students were really interested to learn more about how microbes can affect our health. Given that one of the scientists’ research interest was in Human Papilloma Virus, students got the perfect opportunity to ask questions about STD’s that they might shy away from asking in a different context. The scientists in the zone were particularly good at handling cheeky questions and comments from the students.

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Neodymium Zone Report – June 2014

neodThe students in the Neodymium Zone asked a lot of questions; the 298 students in the zones asked over 900 questions between them! Given the general nature of the zone, students asked about different topics around the scientists’ research and what it’s like to be a scientist. Naomi, Ian and Sakshi were the three most notable scientists in the live chats, Sakshi joined to a fair amount of them after even after being evicted.

 

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Praseodymium Zone Report – June 2014

praseThe Praseodymium Zone was a primary school zone. Given the general nature of the zone, students asked about a variety of topics and focused in on the scientists’ research and what it’s like to be a scientist. Charli’s work on memory and Becky’s research on volcanoes attracted a lot of attention.

 

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Promethium Zone Report – June 2014

promeStudents in the Promethium Zone asked about a variety of science topics and what it’s like to be a scientist and do experiments. Fiona and Kevin were particularly involved in the event, especially in the live chats. Fiona’s work on how our brains store memories attracted a lot of attention.

 

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Proteins Zone Report – June 2014

proteinsThe Proteins Zone had far fewer students registering than expected, so the number of live chats and questions in the zone was below average. We try to allocate schools evenly, like putting both schools new and old to the project in each zone, to try an even out expected turnout. Sometimes this just doesn’t work, and we are working on ways to improve this. However, the students that did take part in the Proteins Zone asked some exceptionally high quality questions, there was a focus on proteins and the scientists’ careers and work.  All the scientists in the zone were engaged with the event, particularly Jo, who wrote 40% of the scientists’ lines of live chat even though she was evicted second.

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Samarium Zone Report – June 2014

samariumThe Samarium Zone was very lively and busy, with 15 chats taking place during the event. The students in the zone asked about each scientist’s research topic, although David’s work with mice was particularly popular. David also stands out as really engaging with the students, contributing over half of all the live chat activity from the scientists.

 

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Vision Zone Report – June 2014

visionThe 400+ students registered in the Vision Zone were really active, contributing to a lively zone, particularly in the 16 live chat sessions. The Vision Zone winner, Andrew, stands out as really engaging with the students, contributing nearly half of all the live chat activity from the scientists. There was a huge focus on the zone’s vision theme.

 

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Water Zone Report – June 2014

waterThe students in the Water Zone were really engaged, with 88% of them participating in a live chat, asking a question, commenting or voting for their favourite scientist. There was a good balance between the conversations in CHAT focused around water and hydrogen fuel cars, and questions in ASK about the scientists’ work and research.

 

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Xenon Zone Report – March 2014

xenonThe Xenon Zone was one of the first primary-only zones in I’m a Scientist. The number of students registered in the zone (471) was much higher than average, but the percentage of students who actively took part by asking a question, live chatting, voting or commenting was lower than average. The CHAT section of the zone was busier than the ASK section. Live chats were often full of positive comments and more factual than conceptual questions, which may be due to it being a primary-only zone. Students asked a range of questions about each scientist’s research topic, although Claire’s work as a vet and Zach’s investigations to kill blood cancer cells attracted the most attention.

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Plants Zone Report – March 2014

plantsSchools given places in the Plants Zone didn’t register a lot of students. However, the students that did register were very good at asking on-topic questions about plants and plant physiology in general. Students asked for advice on how to take care of plants, and they were also interested on their different applications, especially health related ones. Of course, there was also space for some quirky questions, in which students asked about how conditions in other planets might affect plants, or whether we could grow plants in space.

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Organs Zone Report – March 2014

organsThe Organs Zone was the busiest zone of I’m a Scientist March 2014. Over 500 students registered in the zone, asked over 1,500 questions between them, and cast the most votes of any zone during this event. In both ASK and CHAT sections there were lots of questions about different organs and parts of the body (skin, brain, heart, lung, blood…), and health related issues. Students were interested in learning about how our body works.

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Nuclear Zone Report – March 2014

nuclearThe Nuclear Zone was funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. This zone had a high percentage of active students – 84% of students who registered asked a question, live chatted, voted, or commented. Students asked a lot of questions on the topic. They were very interested in scientists’ daily routines in work places such as CERN, and asked lots of questions about subatomic particles, such as the Higgs Boson.

 

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Light Zone Report – March 2014

LightThe Light Zone was funded by the Institute of Physics. The hot topic of conversation in the Light Zone was indeed light. The students wanted to find out more about light in relation to the universe, technology and energy, also asking more fundamental physics questions about light itself. The zone was more balanced towards Live Chat than ASK questions, and the students were engaged and interested in the physicists’ work.

 

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Lanthanum Zone Report – March 2014

lanthThe Lanthanum Zone had the most live chats of any zone during this I’m a Scientist event. As might have been expected, in the live chats the students were particularly interested in Lewis’s work with chimps and monkeys and Clare’s work on how daily habits can affect sperm function. Students used the ASK section to learn more about all of the scientists’ research areas. The engagement of students with this zone was further reflected in the high number of votes collected.

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Extreme Size Zone Report – March 2014

exsizeThe Extreme Size Zone was funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The students in the Extreme Size Zone were very engaged in both the ASK and CHAT sections, despite the zone having fewer registered students than the average zone. 439 questions were approved, and the scientists left over 1,000 answers to these questions, which is almost double the average of 533 answers per zone.

 

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ComputationalBio Zone Report – March 2014

CompbioThe ComputationalBio Zone had the second highest number of registered students of all I’m a Scientist zones in March 2014. This led to a very busy zone! The 475 students asked over 1,000 questions between them, had very busy live chats and were very engaged in voting. The students asked more general science questions and questions about the scientists’ particular research, than specific questions about Computational Biology. Anna was especially good at engaging with students during the live chats, and guiding them towards her topic of research.

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Colour Zone Report – March 2014

colourThe Colour Zone was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This zone had a higher % of engaged students than any other zone; 88% of students who registered asked a question, live chatted, voted, or commented. These highly engaged students voted the most of any zone. While the scientist with the most activity is often the zone winner, the quantity of engagement didn’t seem as important in this zone. The students crowned Roy their winner despite Rowena’s sterling live chat and question answering efforts.

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Cerium Zone report – March 2014

ceriumGiven the general nature of the Cerium Zone, questions were varied, ranging from lifestyle to evolution, space or superbugs. Aled earned his position as Cerium Zone winner after clearly being the most active scientist of the zone, with 43% of the lines of chat and 33% of answers to students’ questions. In fact, his work trying to find out how we can kill bacteria using a special type of honey was popular in both the ASK and CHAT sections.

 

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Cancer Zone Report – March 2014

cancerThe Cancer Zone was extremely focused on cancer. Students wanted to know how cancer is caused, how it is treated, and if it can be prevented. They also asked more general health, illness and physiology questions, and they were especially interested in Amar’s work developing new drugs to treat cancer.

The scientists were great in the live chats and gave some really detailed answers about a potentially sensitive subject.

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Caesium Zone Report – March 2014

CaesiumThe Caesium Zone was one of the first primary-only zones in I’m a Scientist. The primary students were very engaged with the event and asked almost 1,500 questions, a huge number averaging nearly 4 per student. Given the general nature of the zone, students asked about a variety of topics and focused in on the scientists’ research and what it’s like to be a scientist.

 

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