I’m a Researcher is an online activity where school students connect with academic researchers. It’s a 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 11th-22nd November 2019 with priority for schools in Oxfordshire.
To take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your current job title, research area, and a one sentence description of your research, written to be accessible and engaging for a 14 year old by Friday 4 October.
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.