What Hugh Manning did with his prize money…

Hugh was voted the winner of the New Materials Zone in November 2018. Here he writes about using his prize money to host a STEM careers day for students from all over Ireland at the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre, where he works. If you’d like the chance to win funding for your own public engagement work, apply for the next I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply. I won I’m a Scientist in November 2018 and I used the money to host a Science & Careers event in the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre, based in Trinity College Dublin. I invited students from all around Ireland to learn about STEM careers from a variety of AMBER researchers. The goal was to show that what ties all STEM fields together is the focus on solving problems and creating new knowledge, and in that, there is something for … Continue reading

Posted on May 29, 2019 by modjen in News, Winner Reports | Leave a comment

What Emma Hanley did with her prize money…

Emma was voted the winner of the Energy Zone in November 2017. Here she writes about using her prize money to help produce the social media based competition and public engagement project Ireland’s Next Top Biofuel. If you’d like the chance to win funding for your own public engagement work, apply for the next I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply. I won I’m a Scientist in November 2017, and used the prize money to support a colleague to pursue a Science Communication Project. The money was used to help Aoife Long produce Ireland’s Next Top Biofuel, to be shared on social media throughout Engineers Week 2018. The series showcased the work of the Biofuels and Bioenergy research group in UCC, and also the researchers conducting the work. The format was based on successful and popular TV shows such as America’s Next Top Model, the X-Factor and Dancing … Continue reading

Posted on February 13, 2019 by modjen in Winner Reports | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer – 2018 Report

In 2018 we ran eight zones. Three I’m an Engineer zones in February–March ( Health, Production and Space), and five I’m a Scientist zones in November (Environmental Care, Genes, New Materials, Smart Data and Neon). Key findings: Engagement levels in IAS have increased in IAS when compared with the 2017 event. An additional 11 schools took part (58 in 2018, compared with 47 in 2017), and 420 additional students registered (1,958, up from 1,538). Students asked nearly twice as many questions as were asked in 2017 (5,057, up from 2,559). We have demonstrated the success of online engagement in terms of reaching students who are normally underserved by the sector. 1,360 students from SFI target counties took part (58% of total students). These students asked 3,425 questions in ASK, and contributed nearly 10,000 lines of live chat. Additionally, the project continues to offer scientists and engineers the opportunity to engage … Continue reading

Posted on February 5, 2019 by modantony in Evaluation | Leave a comment

What Ciara O’Donovan did with her prize money…

Ciara was voted the winner of the Food Zone in November 2017. Here she writes about using her prize money to engage school students in an experiment demonstrating the spread of bacteria. If you’d like the chance to win funding for your own public engagement work, apply for the next I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply. Within APC Microbiome Ireland we get the opportunity to visit schools to talk to them about the work we do and complete a couple of fun experiments. With this in mind I used the money to buy some equipment to run experiments when heading out to school visits. The theme of the newest school talk was the immune system and so I wanted to find something that would tie in to this. I decided to purchase a kit which demonstrates the spread of bacteria or viruses from our hands. This kit … Continue reading

Posted on January 23, 2019 by modjen in Winner Reports | Leave a comment

“I have spoken to the scientists of the next generation” – November 2018 winners’ blog posts

After every event we ask the winning scientists to write a short post to be sent to all the students who took part in the zone. It’s the perfect way for the scientists to reflect on the previous two weeks, thank all the students for voting for them, and talk about how they plan to use their €500 prize money.

Here’s what November’s winners had to say… Continue reading

Posted on November 23, 2018 by modamy in News | Leave a comment

What Stephen Davitt did with his prize money…

Stephen was voted the winner of the Light Zone in November 2016. Here he writes about using his £500 prize money on spectroscopy workshops.

If you’d like the chance to win funding for your own public engagement work, apply for the next I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply

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Posted on August 22, 2018 by modem in 2016, Winner Reports | Leave a comment

What Aoife Lucid did with her prize money…

Aoife was voted the winner of the New Materials Zone in November 2016. Here she writes about using her £500 prize money to purchase a renewable energy demonstration kit and a renewable energy monitor for demonstrations and events.

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Posted on May 4, 2018 by modem in 2016, Winner Reports | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer – 2017 Report

In 2017 we ran seven zones. Three I’m an Engineer zones in February–March (Energy, Health, and Space), and four I’m a Scientist zones in November (Diagnosis, Energy, Food, and Fluorine).

Our key findings were:

  • We have improved on engagement rates in IAS since previous years.
  • We have been successful in using online engagement to reach students who are normally under-served by the sector.
  • Taking part improves attitudes of scientists and engineers to public engagement.
  • Taking part leaves most students feeling more positive about working in a STEM career.

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Posted on February 14, 2018 by ModJosh in Evaluation | Leave a comment

‘I’ve been able to look at my research in a new light’ – November 2017 Winners blog posts

After every event we ask the winning scientists to write a short post to be sent to all the students who took part in the zone. It’s the perfect way for the scientists to reflect on the previous two weeks, thank all the students for voting for them, and talk about how they plan to use their €500 prize money.

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Posted on November 24, 2017 by modmichaela in News | Leave a comment