I’m a Researcher is an online activity where school students connect with academic researchers. It’s an X Factor-style competition between the researchers, where students are the judges.
Students challenge the researchers over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the researchers anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite to win a prize of £500 to engage the public with their research
The next activity, Machine Learning Zone, takes place 10–21 June 2019 for schools in Oxfordshire.
By reading profiles, questioning, and taking part in live chats, school students see that researchers are people like them and find out about the huge breadth and potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning research happening in their local area.
Students also gain an understanding of how the subjects they are studying fit in with current research and future careers.
In September 2017, Curiosity Zone gave secondary school students in Oxfordshire the chance to connect with 22 researchers from a range of disciplines at University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and MRC Harwell.
This first I’m a Researcher event helped widen engagement with the Curiosity Carnival taking place for European Researchers Night. Following the online event, students could attend the Curiosity Carnival at the University of Oxford and meet the researchers in person.
Curiosity Zone Report
Thank you from Priyanka, winner of Curiosity Zone!
Curiosity Zone: Who’s taking part?
A free online event where school students meet and interact with university researchers. It’s a competition where students are the judges.
Students challenge the researchers over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK them anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite
The next event, Machine Learning Zone, will run from 10–21 June!
I’m a Researcher is based on the long running and award-winning I’m a Scientist project, where school students put their questions to real scientists online. The only difference? I’m a Researcher features academic researchers from all backgrounds. Take a look at the video to get an idea of how the events work.