24 Apr 2014
Move over celebrities, and make way for the scientists and engineers!
First there was ‘I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here…’ Now it’s time for the scientists and engineers...
If you want to engage school students in science and engineering, then why not take part in ‘I’m a Scientist…’ or ‘I’m an Engineer…’? They’re free, online X Factor-style competitions, where the students are the judges!
All you need to do is post a profile, answer questions and take part in live online text chats with participating school students. The students then get to vote and the winning scientist and engineer get £500 each to spend on science and engineering communication.
It’s a unique, fun way of developing communication skills, gaining a fresh perspective on your research, and finding out what young people think about science, engineering and the role of scientists and engineers.
Everything happens on the web, so you can join in without leaving your desk. There will be around an hour of live text chats each day and an hour answering questions.
The event runs three times a year in March, June and November. The next events take place from 16 to 27 June.
Apply at imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply or imanengineer.org.uk/engineer-apply by 12 May to take part in the June events. You’ll be asked to fill in a one sentence summary of your work that should be interesting and understandable to 13-14 year olds, as a panel of students will then select the researchers to take part.
If you are an academic interested in working with schools and colleges to promote Science and Engineering on behalf of the University, please contact Sian Williams for Science and Lesley Davis for Engineering.