I’m a Scientist and I'm an Engineer are online STEM engagement competitions that get people in science and engineering talking with curious school students. University of Oxford researchers are invited to take part.
Scientists put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science, their research, the universe and beyond. They engage directly with students in live text-based chats. Students vote for their favourite scientist to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.
“The format was so much fun to be involved in. The mix of science- and career-based questions along with those of a rather more off-beat nature kept it feeling dynamic and enjoyable.” David, IAS winner
"This experience has been extremely worthwhile. I feel I have learnt so much, especially when trying to communicate sometimes quite complex problems in understandable language” Stephanie, IAS winner
There are specific places available for people related to food, cities, the heart, and social or health psychology in I'm a Scientist, and space or artificial bodies in I'm an Engineer. There are also lots of places in the general zones.
The next event is in 11-22 June, application deadline is 30 April 2018.
Apply for I’m a Scientist at imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply
Apply for I'm an Engineer at imanengineer.org.uk/engineer-apply
The impact reports from zones are always very positive - with students having a greater awareness of careers, greater aspiration to continue with science, and go away learning science, too. Scientists develop their communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on their work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists.
There are multiple 'events' during the year.
It's really easy and great experience! You don't have to leave your office, but you can do it anywhere:
For information on the what, why and how: https://about.imascientist.org.uk/.
To apply: https://imascientist.org.uk/scientists/.
Here's the engineering version: https://imanengineer.org.uk/engineers/
Take a look at a few researchers from the University of Oxford who have taken part:
Max Jamilly (Radcliffe Department of Medicine, DTC) Won Immune System Zone March 2018
Adam Hargreaves (Zoology)
Priyanka Dhopade (Engineering)
Cedric Tan (Zoology)
Charlotte Green (Radcliffe Dept of Medicine)
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IF: the new science and ideas festival, from the team that previously brought you the Oxfordshire Science Festival, will be taking place 11-22 October, and now is your chance to get involved.
in2scienceUK is looking for researchers to get involved and host a disadvantaged Year 12 student for 1 to 2 weeks during the summer.