Tuesday 4th Feb, 5:00 pm
I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! is a two-week online program where students ask scientists questions through forums and live text-based chats. The students then vote for their favourite scientist, and the scientists are evicted one by one until there is a winner! The winning scientist receives $1,000 to spend on further public outreach.
I’m a Scientist has been running in the UK for five years. Since 2011, Bridge8 has delivered five I’m a Scientist events across Australia, engaging 75 scientists and 4000 students from across 60 schools. The event is specifically designed to be student-led inquiry, to highlight general appreciation of science as well as STEM careers and to provide a platform for organisations and scientists to engage with schools. Feedback from participants indicates it also meets other objectives including improving communication skills, engaging disengaged students and building confidence. The online environment also allows engagement to be quantified.
This presentation, based on the submitted poster will demonstrate how I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! meets a diverse range of needs for students, teachers, scientists and institutions across multiple goals in STEM and public engagement.