Day 15: I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

In August 2012 on August 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

School lessons featuring live text chat with scientists? Ask anything you want? Anything??

That would have been my dream 25 years ago.

Today the interactive experience I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! starts for 33 schools across Australia. Classrooms full of kids are matched with 5 scientists in each of 3 zones – Boron, Disease and Organs. Over a 2 week period, kids participate in online Q&A and chat sessions and then vote to decide who should be the zone winner. Scientists pairing good science with that hard-to-define knack of communicative genius end up as winners, with a cash prize to spend on science communication.  Losers just get to go home.

A few questions asked so far might tickle your fancy:

Could a small intestine be used as a skipping rope?

Do black people absorb more heat than white people?

How do some people ‘pop’ out their eyes?

The event is run by Australian company Bridge8 – baby of Kristin Alford, also my former employer.  I helped out behind the scenes in the 2011 version of I’m a Scientist, and it was an absolute blast.

Good luck to all the scientists and teenagers involved! We all know who the overall winner will be….science of course.

Follow the action on twitter via @IASAus.

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