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Medical Research Zone Report November 2020

Read the report: Medical Research Zone Report – November 2020 [PDF]

The Medical Research Zone ran from 2 to 27 November 2020. The Zone was 1 of 4 Zones that ran as part of I’m a Scientist: On Demand in November 2020.

I’m a Scientist: On Demand aims to offer greater flexibility to teachers in how, and when, they can take part in I’m a Scientist. This is in response to the COVID-19 situation and greater restrictions and uncertainty in schools.

The Medical Research Zone was funded by the Medical Research Council.

Researchers and Technical Staff

  • 41 researchers created profiles in the Zone.
  • 38 researchers engaged with students through live Chats and/or Ask questions.
  • A broad range of fields and career stages were represented. For example:
    • Natsuko Imai – research associate at the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London
    • Vrushali Patil – researcher in Mammalian Synthetic Biology at The UK Centre
      for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, funded by the MRC
    • Suzan Kors – PhD student in Biological Sciences and GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Exeter

Students

  • 467 students logged in, from 20 schools across Great Britain and 1 from the USA.
  • Student participation was 31% of the 1,500 target.
  • 82% of active students were from target schools (WP and/or U).
    • 39% were from widening participation (WP) schools.
    • 58% were from underserved (U) schools

Live Chats & Questions

  • 28 live Chats took place took place during the activity.
  • 34 live Chats were booked (42% of capacity), but dropout was higher than usual with 6 cancellations.
  • On average, 7 researchers/tech staff attended each live Chat; more than is typical.
  • 1 teacher typed questions in a live Chat on behalf of their students, so the total number of students engaged in this Zone may be higher by up to 25.
  • 58 student questions were approved. There were 109 answers provided.
Posted on March 10, 2021 modtom in 2020, MRC, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Medical Research Zone Report November 2020

Medical Research Zone Report – Stay at home 2020

Read the report: Medical Research Zone Report – Stay at home 2020 [PDF]

In March 2020, I’m a Scientist, Stay at home was launched to allow school students to stay connected with STEM during the school closures due to coronavirus. Students could log in and take part whether they were at school or at home, reconnecting with their teachers and each other.

The Medical Research Zone ran over 12 weeks as part of the Stay at home activities and was funded by the Medical Research Council with additional funding from UKRI.

  • 135 scientists created profiles in the Zone. 121 engaged with students in live chats and answering questions. 
  • 104 of the scientists were new to the I’m a Scientist activities.
  • Scientists from a broad range of areas and career stages took part. For example, Kim Liu is a Chemical Biologist, Anabel Martinez Lyons is a Liver Cancer Researcher and Luke Bryden is a Neuroscience PhD student at the University of Oxford.
  • 91 live chats took place during the activity. On average, 7 researchers attended each live chat session.
  • 229 posted questions were approved and sent to the researchers who responded with 636 answers.
  • 1,248 students from 53 schools all over the UK logged into the Zone. 33 of these schools had taken part in a previous I’m a Scientist activity.
  • 8% of active students were from widening participation schools, and 55% from underserved schools.
Posted on August 26, 2020 modem in 2020, MRC, UKRI, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Medical Research Zone Report – Stay at home 2020

Medical Research Zone Report – March 2020

Read the report: Medical Research Zone Report – March 2020 [PDF]

The Medical Research Zone was an online event held over four weeks and funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

29 MRC researchers and technical staff created profiles on the website, and engaged with students throughout the month in live CHATs and the ASK section. The effects of coronavirus meant substantial disruption was reported by many schools during the last two weeks of the event.

1,012 students from 23 schools all over the UK logged into the zone over the four weeks. 74% of the schools were widening participation and/or underserved.

In the ASK section, 349 questions were approved and sent to the researchers and technical staff, who between them wrote 1,564 answers.

45 online live CHATs took place during the event, including four evening live CHATs where students could join in from home with their family. An average of 6 researchers and technical staff came to each session, giving students a wide variety of roles and people to find out about

Posted on June 1, 2020 modantony in 2020, MRC, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Medical Research Zone Report – March 2020

MRC Festival Zone Report – June 2019

Read the report: MRC Festival Zone Report – June 2019 [PDF]

The MRC Festival Zone was a four-week-long online event funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research. 25 MRC researchers and technical staff put up profiles on the website, and 24 of these engaged with students throughout the month in live CHATs and the ASK section.

1,204 students from 33 schools all over the UK logged in to the zone over the four weeks. 79% of the schools were widening participation and/or underserved, an increase from 59% in 2018’s event.

In the ASK section, 342 questions were approved and sent to the researchers and technical staff, who between them wrote 2,072 answers.

63 online live CHATs took place during the event, including four evening CHATs where students could join in from home with their family. An average of six researchers came to each session, giving students a wide variety of roles and people to find out about.

Posted on July 31, 2019 modantony in 2019, MRC, Zone Reports | Comments Off on MRC Festival Zone Report – June 2019

MRC Festival Zone 2018 Zone Report

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The MRC Festival Zone was a four-week-long event funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research. There were 25 MRC scientists and support staff taking part.

32 schools from all over the UK participated in the zone, with 1,404 students logging in over the four weeks. Over half the schools were widening participation and/or under-served. Teachers from 45 schools accepted places in the zone. However, several were unable to participate, mostly due to scheduling difficulties.

In the Ask section students asked 740 approved questions. Of these, over 50% were relating to science and medical research topics, a figure higher than the average for an I’m a Scientist two-week, general science zone.

76 online, text-based live chats took place during the MRC Festival Zone, three of which were evening chats, where students could access the chat from home to show their families, increasing parental engagement with the activities students do in school.

Posted on August 3, 2018 modmichaela in 2018, MRC, Zone Reports | Comments Off on MRC Festival Zone 2018 Zone Report