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Learning quality engagement principles in IAS Academy

“Taking part in both activities allowed me to engage in active, reflective learning… Learning about science capital has really changed my mindset.” — Katie Fala, PhD student and IAS Academy alumna Katie is a PhD student at University College Cork, Teagasc Moorepark and APC Microbiome. She signed up for the IAS Academy online course on public engagement principles offered at the same time as taking part in I’m a Scientist. Katie believes taking the course ‘really added value’ to her experience: “The IAS Academy was of interest to me as I haven’t had the opportunity for much formal training in outreach and felt that my skills could be improved by doing it alongside the IAS activity.”

Posted on June 21, 2022 by modemily in Case Study, News, Scientists | Comments Off on Learning quality engagement principles in IAS Academy

Showing students the multitude of pathways into STEM careers

“It’s always amazing to think that you might have helped one person to think, ‘Hey, this might actually be for me.’” — Aisling Lee, Technical Architect Through I’m an Engineer, Aisling Lee was able to show school students a different pathway into STEM.

Posted on May 17, 2022 by modemily in Case Study, News, Scientists | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Showing students the multitude of pathways into STEM careers

Highlighting technician roles in industry

“Fitting the I’m a Scientist activity around my job was fortunately quite a success: I was able to fit the live chats around my shift pattern.” Jess Leung, Quality Technician at Kerry Ingredients Jess Leung took part in an I’m a Scientist general zone along with five other scientists from a range of industries and career stages. School students were very interested in her work “testing flavours that go into food and drinks” and she found the whole experience rewarding, fun and flexible enough to fit in around her work schedule.

Posted on October 21, 2020 by modemily in Case Study, News, Scientists | Comments Off on Highlighting technician roles in industry

“I’m a Scientist was such an inspiring experience” – November 2019 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 all the engagement of the previous weeks, thank all the students for voting for them, and talk about how they plan to use their €500 prize money.

If you’re a scientist, whether in the public, private or academic sector, and you’re keen to experience the ‘best crash course in scicomm’, applications are open year round: imascientist.ie/scientists Continue reading

Posted on December 16, 2019 by modmichaela in News | Comments Off on “I’m a Scientist was such an inspiring experience” – November 2019 winners’ blog posts

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 in News, Winner Reports | Comments Off on What Hugh Manning did with his prize money…

“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 in News | Comments Off on “I have spoken to the scientists of the next generation” – November 2018 winners’ blog posts

Providing STEM opportunities for distant schools

“As we are a remote rural community we do not have a huge variety of careers on our doorstep but these events help to bring them closer to pupils. More students should be getting these funded opportunities across the UK.” — Emily Tulloch, Science teacher on the island of Unst The most northerly school in the UK is located in one of our most distant areas in the Shetland Isles. Emily tells us how I’m a Scientist allowed her remote students to explore a range of STEM careers and increased motivation to learn science.

Posted on April 21, 2018 by modemily in Case Study, Evaluation, News, Science Capital, Scientists, Teachers, Widening Participation | Comments Off on Providing STEM opportunities for distant schools

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

Widening Participation

One of the long term goals of our projects is to reach more schools traditionally under-served by STEM outreach activities.

The Aspires project, from King’s College London has shown that science capital is a key factor in terms of students aspiring to science and STEM careers. Science capital refers to knowledge about science and how it works, interest, understanding, and contacts (knowing somebody who works in science). Continue reading

Posted on December 12, 2016 by ModJosh in News | Comments Off on Widening Participation

November 2016 Winner Blogs

After every event we ask the winning scientists to write a short blog to be sent to all the students in who took part in the zone. It’s a great way for the scientists to reflect on the previous two weeks and thank all the students for voting for them.

Let’s take a look at what the November Winners had to say…

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Posted on December 8, 2016 by modmichaela in News | Comments Off on November 2016 Winner Blogs