The event is half-way through now! (a short report on how it's going so far)

The event has been going great and we’re all having a lot of fun. We’re amazed at how busy it is, and what great questions and answers we are seeing. The students, the teachers and of course, the scientists are all total stars. Some of my favourite questions so far:-

Posted on June 23, 2008 by in IAS Event | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The event is half-way through now! (a short report on how it's going so far)

The site is now completely live!

The site for the pilot event is, please update your bookmarks. will continue to point to this blog. Please go and have a look at the site! If you are not one of the participants you are very welcome to enter the site as a guest, and have a look around. Many of the scientists have got their info up already, and there are also lots of teaching materials, which are free for anyone to use.

Posted on June 4, 2008 by in IAS Event | Comments Off on The site is now completely live!

Site about to go live

Sorry about the delay everyone. The site will be going live in the next hour, but it can take up to 24 hours for the domain change to propagate around the internet. If you can read this then you are not accessing the new site yet. It may be tomorrow before you see the new site at this address. Teachers: In the meantime,  you can use the info sheets and the lesson plans (e.g. IVF debate) which do not require the site.

Posted on June 2, 2008 by in IAS Event | Tagged , | Comments Off on Site about to go live

We're nearly there!

Well, I don’t know if any of you know much about software development, but it seems to be a deeply frustrating business. Basically, every change suddenly has all sorts of unforeseen effects. Or something goes wrong, all of a sudden, and no-one knows why, and then it turns out it was because there’s a comma in the wrong place. Or missing.

Posted on May 30, 2008 by in IAS Event | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on We're nearly there!

We've chosen the scientists!

This has been even harder than choosing the schools. We ended up cutting out bits of paper with everyone’s details on and moving them all around the desk, making up fantasy groups and trying to see if each group had got everything covered. I really wanted to include almost everyone, but we had to say no to some really great people. However, I think the 15 scientists we’ve picked (five for each group of students) will be fantastic – good communicators, enthusiastic, with interesting work to discuss and raising some thought-provoking issues. I would publish the details on here, but I’ve not had confirmation back from everyone yet. But I can tell you that topics covered range from studying climate change to engineering solutions for rectal incontinence. Which is really quite a range, however you look at it. Teacher packs We’re sending the teacher packs out today to participating teachers. … Continue reading

Posted on May 23, 2008 by in How Science Works, IAS Event, Science Education, Scientists | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Back to the grindstone…

Hi everyone, I’m back from holidays. Egypt and Jordan were great, Petra stunning, sun shining, people friendly. I am now extremely brown and have lots of exciting new stamps in my passport – which is the main point of going on holiday, isn’t it? Everything here has been continuing apace.

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I’m on holiday!

I’m off on holiday, any minute now. I know, it does seem odd, just a few weeks before the event, but we worked out it was the easiest part of the schedule for me to be off for. A lot of the hard work should be out of the way now. Anyway, I just wanted to make sure everybody knows I’m away, so doesn’t feel ignored if I don’t reply to emails. If it’s urgent contact Shane who’ll be looking after things. But otherwise, I promise I’ll get back to you on my return. Scientists interested in taking part should email me, or register via the scientist page, answering the following questions:- Does your work fall within the Wellcome remit (i.e. Biomedicine)? (We can have other scientists taking part, but the majority of our scientists need to be biomedical) Can you give me a two-sentence summary of what you work … Continue reading

Posted on April 25, 2008 by admin in News | Tagged , | Comments Off on I’m on holiday!

Another video format question

Thanks to all the teachers who checked what video format their school systems would allow. We found that none of the formats worked consistently in all schools. Cue lots of headscratching here and thinking we weren’t going to be able to have video clips on the site at all. But then Sai Pathmanathan suggested trying Google Video, which she says worked for her on a previous project with schools. If you’re not all too fed up of the music, please could you try watching this 15 second clip on Google Video, on your school system and telling us if it works. Cheers!

Posted on April 15, 2008 by in School | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Another video format question

What video will work in schools?

We want to be able to put video clips up on the site, but we need to work out what format works for school systems (embedded links to YouTube are easiest, but many school systems block YouTube, for obvious reasons). We’ve put very short test clips up on this page, if you get a minute it would be fantastic if you could test these on your school system to see which ones work (if any).

Posted on March 25, 2008 by in School | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on What video will work in schools?

National Science and Engineering Week starts today

Just a reminder to anyone who doesn’t know, National Science and Engineering Week starts today. There’s a searchable online programme here. There’s stuff all over the country, and also some online things, which you might find useful resources. And speaking of useful resources, I love Quirkology.

Posted on March 7, 2008 by in Science Education | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on National Science and Engineering Week starts today

What young people think about science

I’ve been looking at research on young people’s attitudes to science. Partly to help me work out how we are going to measure any change caused by taking part in I’m a Scientist, and partly to help me understand what their attitudes are and so inform the materials we put together. One of the most interesting things I’ve found out is that according to this

Posted on February 7, 2008 by in Science Education | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment