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Thank you from your winner Becky

Thank you everyone that voted me! Winning was the icing on the cake from a very fun 2 weeks. The students asked such great questions and really made me think about lots of things. I learnt lots too, I hope the students did as well. I’m currently thinking up some good experiments to spend the money on so I can demonstrate some really fun experiments in my school visits! Becky

Posted on July 2, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – your winner is… BECKY

Students have spoken. The votes have been counted. Congratulations Becky, we look forward to hearing how you spend your £500 prize money. Hard luck to Gopal and thank you to all the other scientists who took part. You were all brilliant and each and every single one of you has contributed to the great success of this event. We’ve had two weeks of hot debate, stimulating chat and mind-boggling facts. Students, don’t forget to tell us what you think about science now you’ve taken part. Log in and fill in 4 quick questions in the pink box on the right of the browser, to be in with a chance to win a £20 WH Smith voucher.

Posted on June 28, 2013 by ModShane in News | 2 Comments

I’m a Scientist – you’ve decided to let Hannah go in the Cadmium Zone

We’ve counted, checked and rechecked the votes and now it’s game over for… HANNAH This leaves just “honest, fun, happy” Gopal and “organised, intelligent and dependable” Becky to fight it out for the £500 prize tomorrow. What would they both do with the money, you ask? Gopal says “Use the money to create a game to teach players the physics behind home heating” and Becky says “I would use the money to invest in some experimental tools that I could take into schools to show students a real and exciting science experiment.” The competition is hotting up and the scientists are pulling out all the stops to secure your all important final vote. Only you decide who gets the £500 prize. Not your teacher, not the other scientists. Vote NOW to make sure your favourite scientist walks off with the prize – VOTE HERE If you haven’t made up your mind … Continue reading

Posted on June 27, 2013 by ModShane in News | 2 Comments

I’m a Scientist – you’ve now evicted… Vince in the Cadmium Zone

We’ve counted the votes and now it’s time to evict… VINCE Sorry to see Vince go after all your hard work. We hope you’ve had fun. In just 24 hours time the final 2 Cadmium Zone scientists will be revealed to battle it out in the final. Who gets through to the final for a chance to win £500? YOU decide! Will it be “short, Northern, feisty” Hannah, “honest, fun, happy” Gopal or “organised, intelligent and dependable” Becky? The last 3 scientists have it all to play for and they need your vote. So vote NOW to make sure your favourite scientist makes it through to Friday’s final – VOTE HERE What do you think about science NOW? We hope that taking part in I’m a Scientist has been fun and interesting. But has it changed your view of science and scientists? Please tell us what you think about science … Continue reading

Posted on June 26, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

I’m a Scientist – 1st out is… Angela

It’s been a fantastic event so far and the scientists have worked hard, answering hundreds of questions between them. But on Friday there can only be one winner in each zone, so some of them have to go. We are sorry to have to do this to you, but the first scientist to be evicted is… ANGELA Thanks so much for all you’ve done. We hope you’ve enjoyed taking part. There will be evictions every day for the rest of the week, with the winner announced on Friday. Keep voting students! Who will walk off with the prize? YOU decide!

Posted on June 25, 2013 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

DAY 6: Language evolution and mind blanks

Evictions start tomorrow It’s week 2 and tomorrow sees the start of  the evictions, who will be first to go? Get your votes in! Today’s highlights in the Cadmium Zone: The evolution of language: How did language actually evolve into different languages that we use today such as French and English for example? And ‘mind blanks’ explained: Why do we get mind blanks when under pressure?

Posted on June 24, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 5: Silly hats, unicorns and dancing robots

The halfway point Week 1 may nearly be over, but we have the evictions to look forward to next week! The power is in the hands of the 5,000+ students. Today’s highlights in the Cadmium Zone: Tribal languages and silly hats: ryperno : whats your favourite experiment? hannahlittle : the experiment I did for my masters thesis was hilarious, I got people to learn a mini tribal language and then got them to communicate with eachother but they had to wear different silly hats i’d made depending on which “tribe” they were in Did the Italians discover a unicorn?! Will we ever have unicorns? And dancing robots… alfalfa : what do the robots in your lab do? (The ones in your pictures) hannahlittle : they do allsorts, some of them dance, some of them are robotic arms like on iron man, one of them swims and some of them are … Continue reading

Posted on June 21, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 4: Dinosaurs and human evolution

At day 4 we’re nearly half way through the event. Hope you’re all chatting, asking and voting! Today’s highlights in the Cadmium Zone: If dinosaurs returned… If dinosaurs were alive now, would they kill us or would we be bffs? Could we ever get them back? Could we ever restore an extinct species? And an interesting question on human evolution: How would humans have evolved differently if we had multiple suns?  

Posted on June 20, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 3: Discovery, genes & the trickiness of cancer

Day 3 and there’s no let up in the number of chats and questions – 4,400 students registered and nearly 2,500 answered questions, not to mention loads more chats! Today’s highlights in the Cadmium Zone: The art of discovery: How do you discover things? It all starts with a question… question why things are done the way they are right now, and how could they be done better. – Gopal Ramchurn Rebecca Cook tries to answer why is it so difficult to cure cancer: Why is the cure for cancer so hard to find? And the scientists are asked ‘how we cope with so few genes’: Why do humans have so few genes?  

Posted on June 19, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 2: Volcanoes, tsunamis and gaming

It’s only day 2 but the questions keep coming! Over 35 live chats and hundreds more great questions. Today’s highlights in the Cadmium Zone: Volcanic lava: Why do volcanoes have lava? Tsunamis explained: Why are there tsunamis? And we did deeper into gaming: How do Xboxs work?  

Posted on June 18, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

DAY 1: AI, extreme weather and farting

And so it begins… I’m a Scientist June 2013 has got off to a busy start. Across all zones we’ve had around 30 live chats, a few thousand questions asked outside of the chats, and there are now 3,300 students registered! Today’s highlights in the Cadmium Zone: Artifical intelligence and self-awareness: Will AI become complex enough to become self aware? Why our weather isn’t extreme as in the US: How come there are tons of tornados and hurricanes and earthquakes etc in the USA but in the UK we don’t? And the science of farting: How does gas get into our body and make us fart?  

Posted on June 17, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment