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Curiosity Zone Report

The Curiosity Zone was the first zone of I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here. It was funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, which is an EU funding programme to support research careers. The Zone ran for three weeks, connecting secondary school students in Oxfordshire with 22 researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. The aim was to engage students with the wide variety of local researchers and to encourage students to attend to the live final at the Curiosity Carnival on 29th September. In total, researchers from different disciplines answered 133 approved questions sent in by students in ASK and, there were 14 live chats with classes. The majority of the students who took part were in Science classes. There were also Geography and Psychology classes who contributed 30% of the total questions in ASK. The majority of the activity took … Continue reading

Posted on November 9, 2017 by modantony in Evaluation, News, Zone report | Comments Off on Curiosity Zone Report

Thank you from Priyanka, winner of Curiosity Zone!

Hi everyone! Having participated in I’m an Engineer a couple of years ago, I had a fantastic experience chatting to students about engineering.  So when I was approached to participate in I’m a Researcher, Get Me Out of Here! for Curiosity Carnival, I didn’t hesitate at all to reply “Yes!”. The live chats really are a great platform for students across various subjects and personality types to fearlessly ask questions that they may hesitate to ask in person. Combined with the enthusiastic and efficient moderators, the live chats were a frenzy of interesting questions (thank you, students!) What I did not expect was how much I’d learn from the other researchers, whose expertise was way out of my area of knowledge! From neuroscience, to philosophy, to anthropology and psychology, I was blown away by the level of expertise, enthusiasm and concise communication that the other researchers brought to the event. … Continue reading

Posted on October 5, 2017 by modantony in News | Comments Off on Thank you from Priyanka, winner of Curiosity Zone!

Curiosity Zone: Who’s taking part?

This September, students at Oxfordshire schools will be interacting with 22 researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University in the Curiosity Carnival Zone of I’m a Researcher. Between 11th– 29th September school students will put the researchers through their paces in fast-paced live chats and probing questions on everything from the Ottoman Empire, to how babies learn language, to how they became academic researchers in the first place. Each student will then vote for their favourite researcher and determine the five going through to the LIVE FINAL taking place at Oxford Curiosity Carnival on European Researchers Night, Friday 29th September. Read more about the I’m a Researcher Live Final. Oxfordshire schools taking part: Fitzharry’s School – Science classes Henry Box School – English and Engineering classes Oxford Academy – History, Geography, Psychology and  D & T classes Rye St Antony School – Biology and Tutor group classes St Gregory … Continue reading

Posted on September 7, 2017 by modantony in News | Comments Off on Curiosity Zone: Who’s taking part?