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1 @imascientist Funded by the I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! Free, award-winning, online science engagement and enrichment activity funded by the Wellcome Trust. “I’m a Scientist was BRILLIANT!... we talked to REAL scientists, REAL, not fake, totally real!” Student, June 2011 “You could have powered a small town off the energy the kids produced this during our session” Teacher, June 2011

2 @imascientist Funded by the Why does it work? Students – Enthuses students about science – Voting provides a purpose – Anonymity of online levels the field – Uses young people’s culture and media – Show students the range of science careers Scientists – Done from the lab/office – No wasted time – Appeals to younger scientists particularly – Enjoyable – Quick, frequent, iterative feedback VERY GOOD for Inspiring and engaging students 62.5% of teachers (additional 37.5% thought it quite good) 80% of students actively engaged by asking questions, live chatting or voting 60% of students visited the site at home in their own time, as well as at school

3 @imascientist Funded by the Why take part? – Teacher packs with excellent teaching resources support HSW – Students make decisions about science – Students debate scientific issues – Students are well informed about science – Brings modern science into the classroom – Completely free for schools!! “I kept finding that I’d ask a question, and they’d give me an answer, and then I’d have loads more questions, and then more, and then more!” Student, West Thames College 84% of students now have a better understanding of what scientists do 74% of students now feel more confident about asking questions about science


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