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November 2018 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks from Monday 5th to Friday 16th November 2018.

This November we’re running four themed zones, as well as a general zone suitable for anyone working in science. Read about them all below, or jump straight to the application form:

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Posted on September 5, 2018 by modmichaela in News | Leave a comment

Student Winners – November 2017

After every event we ask the scientists and moderators to select the students who stood out for them; the students they thought asked the best questions, or engaged most in the live chats. Well done to all of the student winners, and everyone who took part. There were so many interesting questions, and comments, but there could only be one winner in each zone. So, for fantastic engagement during the event, for posting brilliant questions and comments, the student winners below will each receive a certificate and a gift voucher. Diagnosis Zone Winner: JL, St. Kilian’s Community School Energy Zone Winner: Roptyparty, Marist College Food Zone Winner: EAMON, S N Naomh Colmain Fluorine Zone Winner: MKiselova04, Coláiste Bríde After taking part in I’m a Scientist, we ask the students to answer a few questions to help us gauge their attitudes towards science. We randomly choose one student who filled in the questions … Continue reading

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What’s been happening in I’m a Scientist Ireland this November

Over the last week, students and scientists have been engaging online in this year’s I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here. Together they’ve talked about everything from how science can be changed for the better, creating super-plants to generate energy, the health merits of various types of chocolate, doing sustainable science,  and most important of all, introducing scientists to Zoella. There are four zones in the event this November: Diagnosis Zone and Food Zone supported by Wellcome Trust, and Energy Zone and Fluorine Zone (a general science zone), both supported by Science Foundation Ireland. See all the scientists and schools taking part in the event here. In total, after the first seven days, there’s been: 1,029 school students logging in to the four zones 641 questions asked by students sent to the 21 scientists (almost) uncountable levels of conversation in the 30 live chats that have taken place already. There’s still much more to come during Science Week. … Continue reading

Posted on November 13, 2017 by modantony in News | Comments Off on What’s been happening in I’m a Scientist Ireland this November

I’m a Scientist November 2017: Who’s taking part?

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back! Between the 6th and 17th November, students from over 50 schools will be putting their questions to scientists across 4 different zones. For the latest news and announcements about the event, find us on Twitter, @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASIE. Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part… Diagnosis Zone Supported by Wellcome The Scientists Shannon Fullbrook | PhD Student, Nucleic Acid Diagnostic Research Laboratory, NUIG My work involves looking for new ways to find what is causing you to get sick. Matthew Flood | PhD Student, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, UCD / Insight Centre For Data Analytics (SFI) I use special mathematics called ‘chaos theory’ with cool body sensors to defeat Parkinson’s disease. Katie Benson | Postdoctoral researcher, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland I’m a DNA detective, I figure out if people’s genes (not the ones they wear!) are making them … Continue reading

Posted on October 31, 2017 by ModJosh in News | Comments Off on I’m a Scientist November 2017: Who’s taking part?

November 2017 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks from Monday 6th to Friday 17th November during Science Week 2017. This November we’re looking for 20 scientists to take part in three themed zones and a general science zone suitable for any kind of person working in science. Read about the zones below, or jump straight to the application form: Teachers apply: imascientist.ie/teachers Scientists apply: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply   Diagnosis Zone As the old joke doesn’t go ‘Doctor Doctor, I feel like a pair of curtains!’ ‘That sounds serious, I hope a scientist has developed a test so we can work out what’s wrong!’ Scientists play a big part in how we work out when there’s something medically wrong with us and keeping us healthy. Modern hospitals are filled with cutting-edge technology developed by scientists and used for testing and diagnosis. In this zone there could be researchers looking at people’s brains … Continue reading

Posted on September 13, 2017 by modantony in News | Comments Off on November 2017 Zones

New design for I’m a Scientist

If this isn’t your first visit you may have noticed that the site looks a little different today. For the past few months we have been working in the background to develop a new look for our site to make it a bit more modern, a lot better on mobile devices and and much easier for us to update. We’re still testing before going live on a site with a current event so if you spot anything that looks rubbish or even worse doesn’t work, please email and let us know there’s a problem. Send an email to emily@mangorol.la with a URL, screenshot and what you think isn’t right. It would be much appreciated.

Posted on May 4, 2017 by iasieadmin in News | Comments Off on New design for I’m a Scientist

Student winners – November 2016

After every event we ask the scientists and moderators to select the students who stood out for them; the students they thought asked the best questions, or engaged most in the live chats. Well done to all of the student winners, and everyone who took part. There were so many interesting questions, and comments, but there could only be one winner in each zone. So, for fantastic engagement during the event, for posting brilliant questions and comments, the student winners below will each receive a certificate and a gift voucher. Light Zone Winner: SectumSarzzies, St Molaga Senior NS Mutation Zone Winner: 528mutg28, St Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School New Materials Zone Winner: 388newg35, Dunanri College Smart Data Zone Winner: UniCorr, S N Naomh Colmain Oxygen Zone Winner: 925xygg26, Inver College After taking part in I’m a Scientist, we ask the students to answer a few questions to help us gauge their attitudes towards science. We randomly choose one … Continue reading

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I’m a Scientist November 2016: Who’s taking part?

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back! In November students at over 50 schools all over Ireland will be interacting with 25 scientists across 5 different zones. Between 7th – 18th November school students will put the scientists through their paces in fast-paced live chats and probing questions on everything from light, to mutations, to the creation of new materials. For the latest news and announcements about the event, find us on Twitter, @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASIE Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part… Light Zone This zone is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The Scientists Steven Davitt | PhD Student, NCPST DCU I fire lasers at things and look at the light from the explosions Saoirse McCrann | PhD Student, Dublin Institute of Technology I want to combat shortsightedness in children and teenagers! I aim to prevent shortsightedness and stop it getting worse so you will not have to wear glasses to see distance tasks like … Continue reading

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November 2016 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks from Monday 7th to Friday 18th November 2016 during Science Week. This November, your favourite online science engagement activity returns with 5 different zones. Read about them below, or if you want to jump straight to the application, teachers apply here: imascientist.ie/teachers and scientists here: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply. Light Zone (for Primary Schools) As well as being needed to see the world around us, light is very useful in scientific research and industry. We can harness light from the sun to generate electricity using solar cells, helping to fight climate change. Lasers are used in everything from medicine to entertainment. In this zone, you might meet scientists who are finding ways of making solar panels cheaper to make or studying the light from stars thousands of light years away. The Light Zone is a primary schools zone and is funded by Science Foundation Ireland Mutation Zone … Continue reading

Posted on September 1, 2016 by modmichaela in News | Comments Off on November 2016 Zones

Excellence in Science Outreach – Prize Presentation

Claire and Uday joined the Science Foundation Ireland partnership meeting last Thursday to talk about their experience of participating in I’m a Scientist and to receive their €500 prize from Margie McCarthy from Science Foundation Ireland. Claire spoke about how the event helped her better understand what young people thought of scientists and appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate that persistent stereotypes do not hold true. Uday spoke about the challenging questions from students. He explained that answering simple questions like How do lasers work? in terms that an 8 year old will understand are challenging but in a good way. Both told the audience that they hoped this science outreach event for schools in Ireland would continue.

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November 2015 Student Winners

After every event we ask the scientists and moderators to select the students who stood out for them; the students they thought asked the best questions, or engaged most in the live chats. Well done to all of the student winners, and everyone who took part. There were so many interesting questions, and comments, but there could only be one winner in each zone. So, for fantastic engagement during the event, for posting brilliant questions and comments, the student winners below will each receive a certificate and a gift voucher. Drug Synthesis Zone Winner: Aaron, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair Food Science Zone Winner: Nicole, Donaghpatrick National School Nanoscience Zone Winner: Adalina, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair Nitrogen Zone Winner: Meena, Sullivan Upper Preparatory After taking part in I’m a Scientist, we ask the students to answer a few questions to help us gauge their attitudes towards science. We randomly choose one student who filled in the questions to win a voucher. That student is … Continue reading

Posted on December 22, 2015 by modantony in News | Comments Off on November 2015 Student Winners

The Stats Story so far in I’m a Scientist Ireland 2015

The scientists and students of this year’s I’m a Scientist Ireland have had a busy first week. They’ve covered topics like the future of food in Food Science Zone, the stereotypes of a mad scientist in Nitrogen Zone, and the lowest ever marks scientists got in exams in Nanoscience Zone (see, they are human!) The stats across the four zones from the last eight days back up the sterling efforts from everyone taking part: 1,476 students logging in 664 questions sent through to the 20 scientists 946 votes cast by students 59 live chats completed 1 question about milk stumping a food scientist who researches milk: Want to be involved next year? Then you must first play our custom built registration game below. The rules are simple: click the button that would be most helpful to you. 3, 2, 1….GO! Yes, you won! Great work. Back to this year’s event, there’s plenty more action to come as we get stuck into Eviction … Continue reading

Posted on November 17, 2015 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

November 2015: Who’s taking part?

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back for this year’s Science Week! From the 9th to 20th of November, 20 scientists will be competing for school students’ votes in two weeks of fast-paced live chats and questions on everything from making drugs, to blood cells, to nanoparticles, to what’s in your pizza. For the latest news and announcements, find us on Twitter, @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASIE. Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part… Drug Synthesis Zone This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Scientists Sinead Balgobin | PhD Student at The University of Manchester I make molecules of lots of different types- colourful, medical, materials… All using special compounds called “catalysts”, which make my job really easy! Anne Moore | Lecturer at University College Cork We figure out how we can make better vaccines that teach the body’s immune system to seek and destroy invading bugs. … Continue reading

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November 2015 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks during Science Week from Monday 9th to Friday 20th November 2015. With 4 different zones, we’re looking for 20 scientists and have space for more than 1,000 students. Keep reading for details of the zones, or if you want to jump straight to the application, teachers apply here: imascientist.ie/teachers, and scientists here: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply. Drug Synthesis Zone Have you ever wondered how medicines are produced? Medicines need to be manufactured in an efficient and reproducible way, so that the aspirin we took to help us with cold last winter is exactly the same as the winter we might need this one. We’ll talk to chemists about how they synthetise drugs to diagnose and treat disease. This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. To be eligible to take part, scientists should be a member of the Royal Society of … Continue reading

Posted on September 3, 2015 by modangela in News | Comments Off on November 2015 Zones

Take part in free science outreach this November!

Students and scientists in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! talk about laughing babies, the fate of worms during hurling and good starts to Monday mornings.  The last event was enjoyed by teachers, students and scientists alike: ‘We were amazed at how they (students) engaged and really got into the spirit of the event!’ – Teacher, November 2014 ‘At times it felt like a mini science conference, only better hours and less mucking about with travel expenses’  – Ciarán O’Brien (scientist), November 2014 If this sounds like something you want to be part of, then…  The next I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! event will run from 9th to 20th November 2015!! Teachers register by 20th September at: imascientist.ie/teacher-registration Scientists apply by 27th September at: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply Teachers will get an email in early September asking them to choose their classes’ zones. The event is supported again by Science Foundation Ireland  and runs during Science Week. There … Continue reading

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November 2014 Prize Giving

Farmleigh House is a spectacular location for a prize giving ceremony. Yesterday in the snow that fell on Phoenix Park it was more magical than normal. At the end of a enjoyable and interesting SFI Discover public engagement workshop day we were joined by three of our six winners from I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer. Shikha, Chloe and Ciaran received their €500 prize and mug before Ciaran spoke about his experience of the event. He told the group about the energy of the event, how the openess and frankness of the kids re-energised him and helped he get over some tricky parts of his research.

Posted on January 30, 2015 by iasieadmin in News | Leave a comment

November 2014 Student Winners

After every event we ask the scientists and moderators to select the students who stood out for them; the students they thought asked the best questions, or engaged most in the live chats. Well done to all of the student winners, and everyone who took part. There were so many interesting questions, and comments, but there could only be one winner in each zone. So, for fantastic engagement during the event, for posting brilliant questions and comments, the student winners below will each receive a certificate and a gift voucher. Evolution Zone Winner: Jodie, Claregalway College Sustainability Zone Winner: KarenM, Santa Sabina Beryllium Zone Winner: aileenjcat, Inver College Boron Zone Winner: 534brna27, Scoil Mhuire, Brierhill After taking part in I’m a Scientist, we ask the students to answer a few questions to help us gauge their attitudes towards science. We randomly choose one student who filled in the questions to win … Continue reading

Posted on December 18, 2014 by ModJosh in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist November 2014: Who’s taking part?

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back this November! During Science Week, from the 10th to 21st November, 20 scientists will be competing for school students’ votes in two weeks of fast-paced live chats and questions on everything from cells, to robots, to space, to pizza. For the latest news and announcements, find us on Twitter, @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASIE. Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part… Evolution Zone This zone is funded by the European Society of Evolutionary Biology. The Scientists Seán Kelly | PhD Student at Trinity College Dublin I study the behaviour, ecology and genetics of birds on tropical Indonesian islands to understand how new species form and how we can identify these new species. Michel Dugon | Lecturer at National University of Ireland, Galway I have the most exciting job in the world: I study how venomous animals such as snakes, scorpions, spiders or centipedes have … Continue reading

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Food or Pharmaceuticals – you can decide

The I’m a Scientist project is part-funded by Science Foundation Ireland. That means we still need to find the other part of the funding. The Wellcome Trust, Royal Society of Chemistry and European Society of Evolutionary Biology have contributed, but this year we are asking Irish industry and scientists to contribute as well. Starting on Monday 15th September at 11am and lasting for two weeks we’ll be asking for funding contributions towards a Food Zone and a Pharmaceutical Zone. If we can get to €3,000 then we’ll run that zone. it is easy to contribute and every donor gets some reward (and what a reward a thank you on this site is worth…) – click on the images to go straight to its FUNDIT page. We don’t know if this approach is going to work, but we do need to find a way of spreading the cost of running the … Continue reading

Posted on September 12, 2014 by iasieadmin in News | 1 Comment

November 2014 Zones

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here will run for two weeks during Science Week from Monday 10th to Friday 21st November 2014. With new funding from SFI’s Discover Programme, I’m a Scientist Ireland just keeps getting bigger and better, and this year we’re running 5 zones (including at least 1 just for primary schools) with room for 25 scientists and more than 1,500 students from all across Ireland. Keep reading for details of the zones, or if you want to jump straight to the application, teachers apply here: imascientist.ie/teachers, and scientists here: imascientist.ie/scientist-apply. Evolution Zone How do we go from a single-celled organism to walking, talking, thinking, dreaming human beings? How do species adapt to live in the most hostile environments on the planet; from the bottoms of oceans to the peaks of mountains? In this zone we’ll be looking at everything evolution, and we’re after five scientists to help … Continue reading

Posted on September 10, 2014 by ModJosh in News | Leave a comment

The best science outreach is back bigger and better

We’re back! This November 10th to 21st 2014, coinciding with Science Week. And we’re getting bigger, better and younger. Science Foundation Ireland have backed us to expand what we’ve been doing over the last couple of years during Science Week. This time there will be: 5 I’m a Scientist zones including 2 just for primary schools Debate Kits – one on Big Data and another TBA I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here – 2 zones Mugs, prizes (€3,500 in fresh notes) and puns galore But we need your help, now: Demand scientist colleagues apply – so you can steal their mugs Encourage teacher colleagues to sign up for places. There is plenty of room. Reach out to local primary schools and introduce them to the best science outreach event in the world. Start an argument with an educationalist about why they are not getting our very simple to use … Continue reading

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Prizes for November Winners

With just the slightest hint of whimsy — and of very little to do with Shane wanting to see the rugby — we changed tack a little, and instead of sending a cheque or a bank transfer decided that the Irish winners ought be presented with cash. So on the 7th February, Shane filled a suitcase with money, I’m a Scientist mugs, and probably only the one rugby jersey and set off for Dublin. As a little party, and to make the prize giving into a bit more of a presentation. A host of faces were invited to Science Gallery for the afternoon. Faces of scientists and of funders, including Stephanie O’Neill from SFI and ESERO. The €2,000 in prizes will go towards projects on improving visitors’ experiences in zoos, taking scientists into schools, and finding “novel ways of communicating the beauty and intrigue of space.” Thanks to Joe for … Continue reading

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November Student Winners Announced

We asked the scientists and moderators to select the students who stood out to them; the students they thought asked the best questions, or engaged most in the live chats. Well done to all of the student winners, to the runners up, and everyone who took part. There were so many interesting questions, and comments this November, but there could only be one winner in each zone. The winners will receive a certificate and a €25 iTunes gift card. Nanotechnology Zone heisenberg, Pipers Hill College For their profile, and great questions in ASK. Runners up: jillpf, aobrien, chloeduffy, kylep, kelseydowling, cathalbrady. Space Zone sarah2013xxx, St. Farnan’s Post Primary For asking some good questions in ASK. Runners up: shasow15, xxartmanxx, justinbieber, chickennuggets, elliot25, jackoneill, daniella1588, theepicpotatoe, fabien2013larouche. Helium Zone leahdoyle123, Malahide Community School For asking some good questions in ASK. Runners up: ifonlyiwasahobbit5, bleddy. Lithium Zone zebraperson72, Scoil Naomh Lorcain For … Continue reading

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November 2013 Finalists

After two fantastic weeks of competition. Two weeks of questions, of live chats, and of sleepless question-answering nights for the scientists. We’ve had the penultimate vote, and you have your finalists. Let’s take a look at who’ll be going head to head in the final tomorrow: Nanotechnology Zone Adam Murphy vs. Sinead Cullen Space Zone Lauren McKeown vs. Joseph Roche Helium Zone Shane McGuinness vs. Karen McCarthy Lithium Zone Sive Finlay vs. Michael Nolan Congratulations to the November 2013 finalists! And to those who’ve been voted out, commiserations; but remember, you can still join in the live chats! We’d like to thank Science Foundation Ireland for providing funding for the event; as well as the Institute of Physics in Ireland for funding the Nanotechnology Zone, and ESERO Ireland for funding the Space Zone.

Posted on November 21, 2013 by ModJosh in News | 1 Comment

Trying something new

It’s the penultimate day of I’m a Scientist: November 2013. So far we’ve said “so long” to eight scientists, and this afternoon, another four will gracefully* bow out leaving just two finalists in each zone to battle it out for the title! In the meantime, we’ve decided to try out something new on our contestants: We’re opening the floodgates. Tomorrow afternoon (Friday 22nd) we’ll be opening up the live chats in all the zones to any students who want to chat with the scientists. We’ve never had students chatting with scientists outside of their teachers’ classrooms before; keen students will be able to log in in their own time to chat with the scientists, get in some last minute questions, and give the finalists a chance to pick up some eleventh-hour votes, before the winners are announced at 3 pm. The live chats will be open from 12 pm to … Continue reading

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Movember 2013!

You may have noticed that all our scientists are now in the final stages of some top notch soup strainers. Not one to shy away from a charitable lol, we thought this would be a nice way for us to get involved. Make a donation to Movember here, which supports men’s health programmes that combat prostate and testicular cancer, and if you’re taking part Tweet us a photo of your ACTUAL nose neighbors. Check out the scientists ‘tashes in; Nanotechnology Zone, Space Zone, Lithium Zone, Helium Zone.

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Day Three: Flying shoes, the passage of time, and life in space

The third day of I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here! is just about done with, the scientists — we’re sure — will be answering questions late into the night, but for now, let’s take a look at what happened today. Flight was the main topic of conversation in the Helium Zone live chats today, where adamdaly was particularly interested in whether we will one day have flying cars, or flying shoes. [Cars] could yes, and some prototypes already can! … Don’t know about shoes, but jetpacks have existed for decades, though they’re WAY too expensive. Elsewhere in the Helium zone, leahdoyle123 wondered, “Where does time go?”: it’s all down to relativity. In the Space Zone students have been thinking about life, living in space. David246 wanted to know what an astronaut’s suit is made from, and why that material; danniella1588, meanwhile was wondering what dietary adjustments you might … Continue reading

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Day Two: Flight, moons, and nano-wrinkle cream

The sun is setting on another day of I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here! and here we are again to look at the questions the students have been putting to the scientists. In the Helium Zone, caoimhecarnmore100 — perhaps inspired by the name of the zone — wondered whether it would be really be possible to create a flying car someday. And from flying to falling: what is it exactly that causes that falling feeling when we wake from a dream, asked leigha1234. Which planet has the most moons? In the Space Zone today, Jupiter took the record with an incredible 67 confirmed moons answering Luke’s question. In the Nanotechnology Zone, ktktod wanted to know what the scientists thought to be the biggest breakthrough in nanotechnology had been, while theo wondered how nanotechnologies might affect makeup; will they be able to prevent wrinkles or acne? We’ve a full … Continue reading

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Day 1: Eyebrows, clones, and moving celestial bodies.

We’re coming to the end of the first day of our November 2013 round of I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here!, and what a first day it has been. In the Helium Zone one student wondered why we have eyebrows, while another wanted to know what happened to the dinosaurs. In the Lithium Zone, the students were interested in whether cloning would ever become a standard medical procedure. In the Nanotechnology Zone, Eleanor explained how we might go about moving the earth, while in the Space Zone the scientists explained what would happen if the moon and the sun collided; in short, the “sun would win”. We’ve a full two weeks of I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here! to go, with plenty more live chats booked, and many more answers to come. Check back for more updates. We’d like to thank Science Foundation Ireland for providing funding for … Continue reading

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Event Update: I’m a Scientist November 2013

I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here! is off to a roaring start here in Ireland. All twenty scientists are confirmed and registered on the site, and the live chat bookings are flying in from schools across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With a growing waiting list for teachers wanting to take part with their students, we can’t wait to get started with the event. We’re delighted to see such enthusiasm from both the teachers and scientists; this is only the second time we’ve run I’m a Scientist: Ireland and the response has been fantastic. It’s nice to see returning teachers, as well as in influx of new schools. With scientists too, we weren’t quite ready for the number of brilliant researchers we’ve had to turn down this year! Talking of the scientists, they’ve been busy filling in their profiles, and helping to ramp up the excitement … Continue reading

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I’m a Scientist November 2013: Who’s taking part?

I’m a Scientist: Get me out of here! is back from 11th–22nd November with 4 new zones, 20 scientists, and 100 classes. With nearly three applicants for every scientist’s place, there was fierce competition. After weeks of sifting applications and single sentence summaries, we’re ready to announce our scientists, and the schools who will be not so silently judging them. We’d like to thank Science Foundation Ireland for providing funding for the event; as well as the Institute of Physics in Ireland for funding the Nanotechnology Zone, and ESERO Ireland for funding the Space Zone. Nanotechnology Zone The Scientists: Sinead Cullen Trinity College Dublin I work with really tiny devices to try and destroy one of the worlds largest killers; Heart Disease. Jessamyn Fairfield Trinity College Dublin I study how really small objects interact with light, electricity, and energy differently than large objects do, and try to use what I … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology, Space, Lithium & Helium zones in November 2013

Thanks to Science Foundation Ireland I’m a Scientist is back this November during Science Week, with four zones bringing together students and scientists from all over the country. We’re looking for scientists to take part in the following zones: Nanotechnology Zone (funded by IOP) – Very very very small stuff! Manipulating molecules and atoms for all sorts of molecular scale science and engineering, nanotechnology is used in computing, sensors, materials and it even has biomedical applications Space Zone (with funding from ESERO Ireland) – From stars and planets to black holes and cosmic radiation, this zone covers it all. Exploring the existence of dark matter, the effects of gravity, atronaut psychology and volcanoes on Mars, there’s something for everyone! 2 general zones, including a mix of 5 scientists from all areas of science: Helium Zone Lithium Zone Apply now to take part! Scientists apply here: imascientist.ie/scientists/scientist-apply Application deadline is Monday 30th September 2013 Teachers sign up … Continue reading

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Calling Irish Scientists!

We announced a few weeks ago that I’m a Scientist is returning to Ireland in November, from Monday 11th – Friday 22nd November, as part of Science Week Ireland. It will run with 4 zones – that’s 20 scientists talking with over 1,000 school students around Ireland. We’re looking for scientists to take part. It’s open to any practising research scientists (academia and industry) who were educated in Ireland (North and Republic) or are working there currently. Apply at imascientist.ie/scientists/scientist-apply To get a feel for how it works and what it’s all about, have a listen to last November’s Space Zone winner, Paul Higgins, talking on sciencecalling.com – Paul explains perfectly the purpose and point of I’m a Scientist; the importance of outreach, that it’s not just beneficial for students, but for scientists too. What does it involve? Students ASK scientists questions about science and beyond, have live CHATs with … Continue reading

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Online outreach Science Week 2013 – IAS is back

We’re coming back… We’ve just heard that Science Foundation Ireland have agreed to part fund 4 zones as part of the Discover Science & Engineering Programme for Science Week 2013 in November. It’s is brilliant news because we so enjoyed the 3 zones we ran last November and we have a whole load of teachers wanting to take part that we couldn’t fit in. We’ll be contacting them soon. You can still apply on our Teacher resources page if you haven’t already. We’ll also be needing some more scientists. Get your name down on our scientist application page. Our first task however is to secure the funding for the additional funding we need. The Institute of Physics have already asked to fund one zone. Which leaves us with another opportunity for a funder to influence a zone theme. For more information please email or call me: shane@gallomanor.com or +44 1225 … Continue reading

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Evaluating I’m a Scientist in Ireland

In November 2012 we ran I’m a Scientist in Ireland for the first time, during Science Week Ireland. We’ve had Irish scientists and schools take part in the UK I’m a Scientist event, but running a dedicated Irish event is much more powerful. We’ve collected feedback from teachers, students and scientists and used their responses and data from the site to evaluate the event. A summary of our findings and the full report are below. Read the full report here. Summary and reflections This was the first time we’ve run I’m a Scientist in Ireland and it was a real pleasure. 1. The enthusiasm for the event shown by teachers, students and scientists was magnificent The Irish science community really got behind I’m a Scientist. There was a lot of support on twitter before, during and after the event. We were oversubscribed with schools wanting to take part, and had … Continue reading

Posted on May 15, 2013 by in Evaluation, News | Leave a comment

The November student winners are…

After a lively, fun-filled, interactive 2 weeks of live chats and student questions, we can now announce our student winners for each zone – congratulations to you! And a massive well done to all the students to took part! The scientists and moderators from each zone have nominated students from each zone who asked a variety of interesting questions, engaged well in live chats, left some thought provoking comments and proved they had their own opinions and ideas. The winners of each zone get a €30 iTunes voucher and a certificate. We’ve also listed a few runners up in each zone who also asked lots of great questions. So the students winners are… Health Zone Winner: roisin for asking a wide and interesting variety of thoughtful questions! Runner up: aturley for great interaction and questions throughout the live chats. Runner up: edenpurcell12 for asking lots of brilliant questions within the … Continue reading

Posted on December 3, 2012 by modemily in News | 6 Comments

Day 10 – The I’m a Scientist Ireland Finale!

The first ever I’m a Scientist Ireland has finished! It’s been a brilliant, intense two weeks of chaotic live chats and freakishly good questions.. There were over 689 questions asked through the site as well as 52 live chats, and a tonne of comments between students, scientists, teachers and moderators! endaoconnell: Well done to everyone who took part and the excellent moderating, coaxing and harassing from Emily, Rosie and Katie davidmckeown: At least I get Paul’s beard as a runner up prize eileendiskin: good job everyone! i have learned so much by answering questions – but also reading everyone’s answerings to the questions (including a good bit of creeping in the other zones) jeanbourke: You know, it actually would not be a bad idea to try and get us all together. Just saying. Some sort of I’m a Scientist reunion Thank you to everyone who took part, students, teachers and … Continue reading

Posted on November 23, 2012 by modemily in News | 1 Comment

Day 9 – It’s the final countdown…

Oh no,  we’ve had to say goodbye to even more scientists today; from the Hydrogen Zone it was Aggelos, from the Health Zone it was Tim and from the Space Zone it was Arlene. Thank you so much for taking part guys, you did amazingly well and answered so many questions.  There are only 6 scientists left now.. The final 6! Have you read their profiles? Who is your favourite? Why do you think they should win the event? endaoconnell: I get a phone call from my mum every evening to see if I’m still in it! (Awwww) leahyxo : why can we hear around corners but not see around them !??? paulhiggins : leahyxo wow! great questikon. sound waves bounce so they can get to you around corners. light waves bounce, but they scatter, so you know if there is light around a corner, but you dont know what … Continue reading

Posted on November 22, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 8 – Rainbows, furs and why do we have 5 fingers?

It’s the second day of evictions, which means we’ve lost 3 more scientists *wails in the street*.. A big thank you to Colin in Space, Kev in Health and Shane in Hydrogen, you all did really well, but unfortunately we have to say goodbye. jeanbourke: To be honest it’s not that I want to win, I just don’t want to leave coz this is so much fun! Who will be going tomorrow? Have you voted? Why haven’t you voted? You need to vote! Do it now! Again, it was a little quiet on the live chat front, although the staffroom was busy with scientists mocking the moderators (the nerve!), despite knowing full well that it’s not just students who can be banned! aaroncooke1234 : @aggelos Did you ever use science in real life? aggeloszacharopoulos : @aaroncooke1234, yes… I tried to use my knowledges of how we slide on ice to … Continue reading

Posted on November 21, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 7 – The first ever I’m a Scientist Ireland evictions!

So today we had our first evictions, sad to say goodbye, but only one scientist can win in each zone! We said goodbye to Eugene in Space, Kate in Health and Naomi in Hydrogen, they all did well, but only one scientist can win each zone. There weren’t as many live chats today, which meant that we could spend more time going through some of the questions, there are a lot… Do you think there will ever be another gender? [Hydrogen Zone] If light is shining onto something does it add more weight to that object? Even by a billionth of a gram? [Hydrogen Zone] Can you give one extrodanary fact about the science you do?! [Space Zone] can you smell a fart in space [Space Zone] can you die from too much food? [Health Zone] what is more important mental health or physical health [Health Zone] Tomorrow we have … Continue reading

Posted on November 20, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 6 – Space travel, disease, evolution and.. Sand

We’re now in the second and final week, the week of evictions and winners! Have you VOTED? Remember, you’re voting for your favourite scientist, the scientists who you feel answers your questions and inspires you. Have a look at what they’re planning to spend their money on, it might affect you? Here are some highlights from the day.. elly : Why is there an extra day every four years? arleneoneill : @elly Great que! There is not an extra day every 4 years, there is actually an extra quater day every year, so to account for this every 4 years we add the four quaters together to get a full day kmhoran : Have you heard about the dog they were talking about on the radio this morning who was paralysed and they fixed him? Do you think they’ll be able to do this for humans soon? timdowning : they used … Continue reading

Posted on November 19, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 5 – Scientists vs LOADS of questions!

The first week has taken off with a bang! It’s been exciting, fast and chaotic! It felt like today exploded with questions and live chats – I couldn’t keep up, the scientists were on form though! They’ve been given over 490 questions and taken part in over 35 live chats – well done students and obviously, well done scientists! Trying to pick highlights for the day has been almost impossible, as there are so many brilliant questions, probably, some of the best of the week: eoinconnolly : This might sound like a stupid question, but will the explosion damage the other planets in our solar system? paulhiggins : eoinconnolly when the sun turns into a red giant it will burn up the earth and mars, venus and mercury, but the outer planets might not change too much gingaaaaa : could you get shot on the moon? davidmckeown : gingaaaaa Maybe, … Continue reading

Posted on November 16, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 4 – And then the questions started..!

The live chats today were busy! We had 9 live chats with a bombardment of follow up questions coming through ASK. We’re also really excited about how much the students have been commenting, it’s really encouraging to know that the scientists hard work (answering all the questions) is paying off. Good work students! why to lions have manes [Health Zone] so if I constantly eat carrots can I turn orange? [Hydrogen Zone] where did god come from? [Space Zone] patoleary : why dont girls voices change when they get older and boys do? paulhiggins : @pat the vocal cords are like a guitar string, it is like you are holding your finger low on the neck to make a high note, and as you get older the finger moves down the neck and makes a lower sound. I think it is do to testosterone, which girls have different amounts of … Continue reading

Posted on November 15, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 3 – Midweek mayhem!

The live chats were nice and fast today, there were so many questions, especially in the Hydrogen Zone live chats.. We were desperately trying to grab as many snippets as we could, here are a couple of great ones from the students: sineadgarvin : why do some people write with there left hand and others with there right hand? andrewjackson : @sineadgarvin. nice question! the reason is that our right hand brain controls the left side of our body, and the left side of the brain our right side of our body. Most people have a side of their brain that is slight better at doing fine movements such as writing. About 9 out of 10 people are dominant with their right hand traceymoran2 : how do scientist know how to make a flu vaccine if viruses can be different each year? andrewjackson : @traceymoran2 wow… nice question. The answer … Continue reading

Posted on November 14, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 2 – Flamingoes, Evolution, Parasites.. oh my!

Today was all about experiments gone wrong, accidents, gross laboratory stories and a lot of flamingo talk (thanks to Eileen from the Hydrogen Zone). So far there have been 222 questions approved and 51 live chats booked for the event so far, and it’s only the second day! Do you think every student in ireland should have to do science without a choice? [Hydrogen Zone] Some people believe it was god that put everyone where we are now, but some other people say its the big bang. Can you explain to me what the big bang is? [Hydrogen Zone] how do you make pancakes in space [Space Zone] What is you favourite planet or star? Why this planet/star? [Space Zone] when a baby is born with the bowel on the outside why does this happen and why?? [Health Zone] how do we know there isnt any more planets in space? … Continue reading

Posted on November 13, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Day 1 – Bang goes the LiveChat!

The first ever I’m a Scientist Ireland kicked off today, with a bang.. A massive technical bang! None of the live chats were working, despite the heavy duty testing and usage before the event.  Thankfully, our technical support managed to swiftly sort it out and got them working again for the rest of the event, and ready for all the zones to get stuck in with their questions and live chats. Now for a little taster as to what the scientists have been answering today.. Here are some of the questions that have been asked so far: has your robot ever attacked you [Health Zone] why did you want to work with poo [Health Zone] how do the stars explode [Space Zone] How do you make the nanosheets that are a 100,000 smaller than a single strand of hair? [Space Zone] why are baby flamingos grey [Hydrogen Zone] what kind … Continue reading

Posted on November 12, 2012 by modemily in News | Leave a comment

Thank you for all the support

We’ve been overwhelmed by all the support for I’m a Scientist, Ireland. A big thank you to everyone who has spread the word. Alumni scientists have been tweeting and blogging about I’m a Scientist coming to Ireland, with some even signing up to take part again. Teacher Humphrey Jones from St. Colomba’s College, Dublin wrote a lovely post on the Frog Blog about I’m a Scientist coming to Ireland, that sums up what I’m a Scientist is about perfectly. And it’s not just people who’ve taken part before who’ve been supportive. Thank you to everyone who’s tweeted, written about & talked about I’m a Scientist to friends, colleagues and anyone who might be interested. It worked. We were oversubscribed with scientists wanting to take part, and nearly all of the class spaces have been filled (teachers can still sign up for the last few spaces). You can see who’s taking … Continue reading

Posted on October 17, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Who’s taking part in November 2012?

It’s countdown time! I’m a Scientists, Ireland is running from 12th – 23rd November, and with only a few weeks left it’s time to announce the scientists and schools taking part! Schools So far there are 28 schools across Ireland taking part in the event. There are still a few places left and teachers can sign up here to take part!. Space Zone The Space Zone is sponsored by the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland. Scientists Paul Higgins Trinity College Dublin I study sunspots and try to find out which ones are likely to erupt and send super heated gas hurtling toward the Earth! Eugene Hickey Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin Astrophysicist – we look for new planets orbiting distant stars. David McKeown University College Dublin I work on ways of moving spacecraft about so they point the right way. Colin Johnston Armagh Planetarium I explain the amazing … Continue reading

Posted on October 17, 2012 by in News | 2 Comments

I’m a Scientist on Newstalk’s Futureproof show

This weekend Shane made his debut on Irish radio, on NewsTalk‘s science and technology programme Futureproof. He talked to Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (PhD student in Mathematics Education at Trinity College Dublin and former Rose of Tralee, no less) about I’m a Scientist running in Ireland for the first time this November. You can listen to the interview online at http://media.newstalk.ie/listenbacks/popup by selecting ‘Futureproof’ under Listen Back. We’re just after 18:30 minutes in. If you listened to it what did you think? Are you interested in taking part, either as a teacher or a scientist? If you’ve got any questions just leave a comment here, or on twitter (@imascientist) with the hashtag #IASIE.

Posted on September 17, 2012 by iasieadmin in News | Leave a comment

Space, Health & Hydrogen zones in November

We’ve decided the 3 zones that will run in I’m a Scientist this November. Choosing the zones is important as we need to make sure the topics are relevent to the curriculum, and that there are scientists researching in that area! So we’ve gone for: Space Zone Health Zone Hydrogen Zone The Hydrogen Zone isn’t just for scientists working with hydrogen, but is a general zone, named after the first element in the period table. The 5 scientists in this zone will be working across all areas of science, rather than all researching round the zone theme like the other 2 zones. The Space Zone is sponsored by the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), who use space as a theme to inspire and engage young people in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. We’ve run space zones in the UK event before which have gone down really well with students. … Continue reading

Posted on September 12, 2012 by iasieadmin in News | Leave a comment