I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here! is an online enrichment activity where students connect with researchers and talk about the things that really matter to them.
“I’ve learnt a lot about how personal interests can lead to something extraordinary, like providing answers to questions you thought could never be answered”
Student, Curiosity Zone of I’m a Researcher
The next activity is Machine Learning Zone for schools in Oxfordshire, supported by the University of Oxford.
It takes place 10-21 June – Teachers, apply now to take part!
In the online activity, your students:
- ASK their own questions to researchers about everything and anything related to them and their work – questions can range from bacteria to university to pets.
- have conversations with researchers during a 30-minute, text-based live CHAT.
- choose the winner – they VOTE for their favourite to win a prize of £500 to spend on further engagement.
How do I apply?
Fill in the registration form on this page and we’ll email you before the start of the next activity to ask if you want to take part with your students. (on mobile? Scroll down).
Why take part?
I’m a Researcher is cross curricular and suitable for all subject classes.
Your students could connect with:
- Computer scientist using machine learning for drug discovery
- Legal researcher developing rules for using automation in sentencing
- Mechanical engineer designing robotic arms
- Ethicist working out who is responsible for harm caused by AI technology
- Psychologist researching the public’s perception of robots in social care
- Economist modelling the effects of automation on the job market
Students discover that researchers are normal people, too, with hobbies and interests similar to their own. They learn how their lessons relate to real life and the world around them, and become more engaged in their school work.
The online activity uses technology that students are familiar and comfortable with, meaning those who might be too shy to speak up in class are able to do so in the I’m a Researcher environment.
“My least confident student is having the best lesson ever!”
Teacher, Curiosity Zone
The whole class activity engages all young people regardless of their academic ability and attainment; students will have the opportunity to interact with a diversity of researchers from a variety of subjects.
How much time will it take?
We provide all the resources and materials needed, whether you’re running I’m a Researcher with just one class or a whole year group; including suggested lesson plans and modifications to suit different students’ abilities.
We recommend spending at least 2 hours on the activity. This will usually be one introductory lesson, one piece of homework (we suggest reading researchers’ profiles and posting questions in ASK) and one lesson of live chat with the researchers.
How much does it cost?
The activity is fully funded for state-maintained schools and colleges in Oxfordshire.
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