Between the 11th and the 22nd of March, 15 scientists in 3 ‘zones’ will be battling for a $1000 prize. And they will face the toughest judges in the world: school children.
I’m a Scientist. Get me out of here! is a reality show-inspired activity that gets school children talking to scientists using blogs and moderated instant messaging chats.
The event is supported by teaching resources that develop students’ inquiry and communication skills, deepens their understanding of science and relates strongly to the ‘Science as Human Endeavour’ topic within the Australian National Science Curriculm.
Scientists who have participated in the program report that the experience develops their communication skills and re-energises them about their own research.
More than 1600 students from across Australia are taking part in this I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! Originally conceived in the UK, the program is now in it’s fourth year in Australia.
For the first time, there will be an ‘Agriculture’ zone in the program. Associate Professor Brent Kaiser, (pictured right) from the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, will be going head to head with four other agricultural scientists, including Chief Scientist with ABARES, Dr Kim Ritman.
To stay in touch with the program, look for updates on the I’m a Scientist. Get me out of here! webpage or follow @IASAus on Twitter. We wish Brent all the best and may he be the last scientist standing!