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 | 6s 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 | 2s 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 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

What zones should we run?

We’ve set up the I’m a Scientist site and agreed the dates it will run, the 12th – 23rd November. The next step is to decide on the zones. And for this we need your advice. What zones would you like to see in I’m a Scientist? Zones? Let me explain. We split the event into ‘zones’ – groups of scientists and students. Each zone has 5 scientists and up to 350 students in 20 classes. We’ll be running 3 zones in November – 2 will be themed and 1 will be general. The scientists in the themed zones will have some connection to the theme, whereas there will be a spread of scientists in the general zone. We’ve come up with a longlist of 10 themed zones but want to know what teachers and scientists think will, and won’t, work. We’ll use your comments to decide on the final 2 themed … Continue reading

Posted on August 31, 2012 by iasieadmin in News | 1 Comment

What’s I’m a Scientist about?

We’ve been running I’m a Scientist in the UK since 2008 and in that time we’ve had a fair few Irish scientists take part, and a handful of Irish schools. But that’s not enough. We want to involve lots more. So this November we’re running an I’m a Scientist event as part of the Dublin City of Science 2012. I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! will be one of the 160 events that “showcase the best of Irish culture, arts and science”. What can I’m a Scientist offer? It gets students and scientists talking, simple as that. It runs online over 2 weeks from 12th-23rd November, tying in with Science Week Ireland. Students ASK scientists questions about science and beyond, have live CHATs with them and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win €500 to spend on science communication. Students become more enthused about science, see how what they learn … Continue reading

Posted on August 29, 2012 by iasieadmin in News | Leave a comment