I’m a Scientist May Event Cancelled

Sad Student Nat Library of Wales

The next I’m a Scientist Australia event was due to take place from 26th May – 6th June 2014. Unfortunately we’ve been unable to obtain financial support so we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this upcoming event.

Our I’m a Scientist events are free for schools to take part and scientists volunteer their time. Since Bridge8 launched the Australian version in June 2011, we have delivered five events, reaching over 4,000 students across the country. Students have asked thousands of questions and participated in 300 live chats with 75 scientists in disciplines as diverse as astronomy, medical research, marine biology, agriculture and industrial chemistry.

To deliver the event we rely on partnerships with government, industry and research organisations and we are grateful for the support we have received to deliver five events to date. However changes in government priorities means we need to identify new sources of funding. Your assistance in identifying potential partnership leads, or writing to us about the benefits of the event will help secure alternative funds for an event from 4th – 15th August 2014. Please contact us at admin@imascientist.org.au.

What is “I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!”?

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an Australian Idol-style competition for scientists, where students are the judges. Students aged 10-18 years get to meet and interact with real-life scientists via online ‘Live Chats’ and submit questions in the ‘Ask’ forum giving scientists 24 hours to provide their answers. They decide who survives, who is evicted, and ultimately who wins the $1,000 prize to spend on science engagement in Australia.

With so much up for grabs the students put the scientists their paces, posing questions about the science that interests students such as how their research impacts our lives “when you discover how the on and off switches work, will you be able to help cancer patients stop growing cancer cells?”, more probing questions like “how much do your earn?” and “what happens when your experiment fails?”, to “who’s got the best track, Passenger or Daft Punk and Pharrell?”. Scientists have to think on their feet and type at lightning speed to answer all the questions that the students have for them.

Designed to help teachers deliver the curriculum related to “science as a human endeavour” this online event helps develop discussion and critical thinking skills, brings real science to life for students and is supported by a series of lesson plans, info sheets and resources. It’s student-led, so the content is driven by student curiosity. And the Live Chats are fast, furious and unpredictable, a highlight of the event. We’re thrilled to have evaluations that indicate students feel more confident asking questions about science after the event, and that it demonstrates a range of possible career paths.

“… Thanks for that answer, that’s got me really thinking. :)” – Student, March 2013

“This program empowered my students to learn more about science topics that they were interested in.” – Teacher, March 2013

Our video gives you a little insight into what participating in the online event feels like and explains why are keen to keep holding events!

 

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! (Australia) is managed by Bridge8 under license from Gallomanor Communications Ltd.

Photo Credit: National Library of Wales, Flickr Commons

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