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Pupils put Scientists through their paces in online competition

Students have been interacting with scientists from across the UK in an online public engagement event aimed at getting students excited about science.

“I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here” sees students putting scientists through their paces through online live chats in which they can ask the experts about anything, from climate change to coding.

The aim of the event is to get students excited about science. Students see that scientists are normal people, learn that science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science.

The event runs from 7th-18th November 2016.

“I’m a Scientist” is funded principally by the Wellcome Trust, an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. Additional funders in November 2016 include:

•       The Royal Society of Chemistry

•       The Physiological Society

Dr Fiona Wall, Science teacher at Anglo said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with and be inspired by scientists. The students asked all sorts of questions about science and being a scientist, and the scientists answered with enthusiasm and immense patience!”

Connie Brown, Year 8 said: “I really enjoyed the chat. The good thing about it is that I learnt lots about bees and AIs. I’d give it a 9/10 because they tried really hard to answer all of our questions and we learnt a lot too.”

Emily Taylor, Year 8 “I really liked finding out about why they liked science”.

Joe Topham, Year 8 said “I think it was quite enjoyable to hear about what it’s like to be a scientist, so I’m going to rate it 4/5 stars