o The Frog Blog: 'I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here' Comes to Ireland

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

'I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here' Comes to Ireland



The brilliant 'I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here' science outreach initiative is coming to Ireland, coinciding with Science Week. It's a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists, It's a bit like X Factor, where the scientists are slowly voted off by the participating students based on how well they answer their questions.

Scientists, from a range of different fields, are pitted against students in five rounds of intense, fast-paced, quick fire online live chats. Students get the chance to ask scientists all the questions they want to, then vote for their favourite scientist. The last scientist standing picks up a grand prize of €500 to help them communicate their work with the public.

The event will run from Monday 12th – Friday 23rd November, taking in Science Week and there will be five zones - including one general and one space themed zone (sponsored by ESERO). The I'm a Scientist team are looking from input from teachers on what other zones they should run. They have a survey here to help them decide and would appreciate as much feedback from teachers, students and scientists as possible.

'I'm a Scientist' has enjoyed several years of success across the water and it is hugely exciting to see this innovative and engaging project make its way to Ireland. Visit www.imascientist.ie for more information and be sure to sign up. Here is a short video introducing the concept.