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Physics Zone Report – November 2020

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

The Physics Zone ran from 2 to 27 November 2020. The Zone was one out 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 Physics Zone was funded by the Ogden Trust.

Scientists

  • 36 scientists created profiles in the Zone.
  • 35 scientists engaged with students through live Chats and/or Ask questions.
  • Scientists from a broad range of fields and career stages took part. For example:
    • Leah Morgan – project engineer for the UK Atomic energy Authority
    • Pratik Samant – Postdoctoral researcher at University of Oxford
    • Viviene Dela Cruz – development scientist working for the STFC

Students

  • 616 students from 20 schools logged into the Zone.
  • Turnout was 61% of the 1,000 capacity.
  • 70% of active students were from target schools (WP and/or U).
    • 38% were from widening participation (WP) schools.
    • 48% were from underserved (U) schools.

Chats & Questions

  • 34 live Chats took place took place during the activity.
  • 46 live Chats were booked (77% of expected levels), but dropout was higher thanusual with 9 cancellations and 3 ‘school no shows’.
  • On average, 5 scientists attended each live Chat session.
  • 1 teacher typed questions in a live Chat on behalf of their students, so the number ofstudents engaged may be higher by up to 25.
  • 267 student questions were approved. Scientists responded with 535 answers.
Posted on January 18, 2021 modtom in 2020, The Ogden Trust, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Physics Zone Report – Stay at home 2020

Read the report: Physics 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 Physics Zone ran over 12 weeks as part of the Stay at home activities, instead of the usual two. There were 97 live chats, compared to the usual two week zone average of 16. This Zone was funded by The Ogden Trust with additional funding from UKRI.

  • 120 scientists created profiles in the Zone, and 109 engaged with students in live chats and answering questions. 81 of these scientists were new to the I’m a Scientist activities.
  • Scientists from a broad range of areas and career stages took part. For example, Ry Cutter is a PhD student studying colliding black holes, Tom Louth designs instruments for the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, and Dipendra Mistry is an engineer working with radiowaves. On average, 6 researchers attended each live chat session.
  • 1,186 students from 52 schools all over the UK logged into the Zone. 31 of these schools had taken part in a previous I’m a Scientist activity.
  • 16% of active students were from Widening Participation schools, and 44% from Underserved Schools.
Posted on August 26, 2020 modem in 2020, The Ogden Trust, UKRI, Zone Reports | Comments Off on Physics Zone Report – Stay at home 2020