When I first heard about I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here I just knew that it would be a great way to help increase interest in science and scientific careers – but I had no idea just how fun it would be at the same time! I found myself wanting to do more and more chat sessions, and logging on to the website frequently to find to answer life’s really tough questions like “Is the dress black/blue or white/gold?”. I mean, who DOESN’T want to know the answer to that? (It’s def black/blue by the way).
The power of live chat combined with the whole teams’ enthusiasm and dedication help make the whole event something to remember, and I hope the students who took part got as much out of it as I did. What amazed me most was how alert, funny, and keen the students were. You honestly can not prepare yourself for the types of questions you’re going to get – and trying to answer them in a short space of time while the chat is whizzing by really adds to a sense of excitement.
The moderators and organising team were absolutely outstanding – without them the whole thing would undoubtedly collapse in on itself like a black hole, so my utter and total thanks goes out to them.
The other four scientists in the Light Zone also deserve a huge congratulations, especially Ed Rial who provided graceful competition all the way to the final.
I’m only left now with a burning desire to carry on with STEM oppurtunities as part of my work as a STEM ambassador – and I’m hoping the prize money will go a long way to getting students interested in 3D printing for medical applications.
To all the students who voted for #TeamHugh – well done, and thanks for all the questions, both weird and wonderful!