“The buzz created in the classroom was HUGE”

Students sending in their questions to the scientists

Students sending in their questions to the scientists

I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is a free online event where students get to meet and interact with real scientists. It's an X Factor-style competition between the scientists, where your students are the judges. Following on from the distribution of free In the Zone kits to all UK schools, we've created an I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here! In the Zone special for students to learn even more about the mind and body in motion.

Why not use both initiatives this term to help bring a sporty twist to science in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games?   

There are a few free spaces left so book today- click here.

"The buzz created in the classroom was HUGE"

Teacher, Liz Nicholson, from St Mary's Catholic School writes about her students taking part in I'm a Scientist, In the Zone.

When I started teacher training I had to do an exercise to get some young people to draw a picture of a scientist. Without exception they drew an Albert Einstein caricature, elderly, male, scruffy haired and inevitably wearing a white coat. This opened my eyes to some of the challenges that I would face.

I'm a Scientist, In the Zone! challenges these preconceptions and encourages young people to learn for learning's sake rather than because there are examinations to pass and targets to meet.

Pupils registered on the website very eagerly and soon started asking questions of the scientists. Even though work in class continued as normal, there was rarely a lesson that I was not greeted by pupils who were keen to check whether I had seen their question or tell me of the words of wisdom of the scientists who had helped them that evening.

The buzz that this created in the classroom was huge and I started to hear from parents about how engaged their child had become and how the whole family had been discussing science over the dinner table. 

Eventually we got round to our first "Live Chat" - the highlight of the experience for many students. The chat was booked for half an hour and pupils have never been so keen to get to class. As soon as the chatroom opened there was a flood of questions, most of them sensible and thought provoking. This kept on going continuously for the half hour and in the end pupils were really disappointed to find out that it was time to go home but agreed that it had been a fantastic experience.

They were possibly some of the best moments that I have had whilst teaching. To see all pupils, from the able to the less able, the quiet to the more confident totally engaged and motivated to learn and acquire knowledge was truly rewarding.

Book your 'buzzing' In the Zone live chat today!

There are still spaces to take part in I'm a Scientist, In the Zone. It's totally free to take part! To find out more, sign up and book your live chat, visit:inthezone.imascientist.org.uk/teachers/.  

If you've got any questions about booking your students a live chat please get in touch by email (katie@gallomanor.com) or phone: 01225 326 892.

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