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Call for applications for I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! (November)

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an award-winning online event allowing students (from 9 – 18) to interact with real live scientists. You can now apply to take part in the next event, running 10 – 21 November 2014.

How does it work?
Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced, online live chats. Then they ask the scientists all the questions they want to, and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public. So if you are up for the challenge of working with students in this online X Factor-style competition, then sign up.

How much time will it take?
Most scientists say they spend around 2 hours a day on the event; 1 hour on live chats and another hour answering students’ questions, which can be during the evening, outside of the work day.

What’s in it for you?
You further develop your communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on your work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists. It’s also a lot of fun. One scientist in every zone wins £500 to be spent on a science communication project of their choice.

Find our more here: http://imascientist.org.uk

To apply fill in this form here: http://imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply

Hint: The most important part of your application is the one sentence description of your work. We ask students and teachers to rate the sentences, to help guide who gets in. So have a think how you would describe your work to a 13 year old.

Thinking of becoming a STEM Ambassador?

STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

If you’ve been thinking of getting involved in outreach activities with school groups – then becoming a STEM Ambassador might be for you.

In a new series of videos, STEM Ambassadors give you a picture of what is involved in supporting an activity. They share how they got started and where they want to go, as well as sharing some of their tips on preparation and delivery.


Find out more about STEMNET and opportunities for becoming a STEM Ambassador at http://www.stemnet.org.uk

Posted on behalf of Greater Manchester STEMNET

engagement@manchester – Working With Schools

The next engagement@manchester session will focus on Working With Schools and takes place on Wednesday 15 January 2014, 1pm – 2pm, Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum.

This month’s event is about working with students and teachers from local schools, and will highlight our RCUK-funded School-University Partnership Initiative projects in particular.


  • Stephanie Lee, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach and Roz Cooper, SUPI Project Officer, will give an brief overview of the work we do with schools; the SUPI project; and how people can get involved.
  • Dr Jen O’Brien, Lecturer in Human Geography. Jen leads on our Geography@Manchester project with local students and teachers, and other outreach activities in the Geography Department.
  • Dr Jenny Carson, Lecturer in the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute. Jenny works on our Tomorrow’s Citizens project, communicating current research to local schools. She has also produced several resource packs on different research areas which teachers can use in their classrooms.
  • Dr Louise Walker, Reader in the School of Mathematics. Louise runs a project with the aim of getting more A-Level students to take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in Mathematics. This initiative helps to develops their mathematical modelling and problem-solving skills, and also provides students with the opportunity to attended an associated workshop ran by academics and postgraduate students.

After the short presentations it would be great to have a discussion about your own experiences and cover any questions you have about working with schools and how you can get involved.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact: roz.cooper@manchester.ac.uk

To find out more about engagement@manchester and to catch up on previous sessions visit: www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk