• Question: How often do you go into schools

    Asked by Gabby to Xiaohan, Toby, Sophie, SarahC, SarahCarter, Sarah, Samir, Robyn, Ricardo, Petruta, Paige, Nuru, Nazia, NathanK, NathanJ, Nadine, Michael, Mahrukh, Lotte, Katrina, Kate, Jennifer, Ioana, Bethany, Andrea, Amadou, Alex on 2 Mar 2020.
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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 2 Mar 2020: last edited 2 Mar 2020 11:50 am


      Hi, Gabby! I probably do two or three school visits each year. I also help out on some other events like visits in museums or fairs, where I can talk to students, but they are usually weekend activities.

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      Paige Chandler answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I have not gone to a school yet. I have been to museums and been part of festivals where families (on weekends) or schools (during the week) visit.

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      Hi Gabby, I only do school events once or twice a year. I’m actually going to a primary school next Tuesday for a special British Science Week family day. I do a lot more events in Glasgow Science Centre and for science festivals when there are lots of schools visiting the same place!

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I’m yet to go into schools as part of my PhD (I’ve only been doing it for 6 months), but the plan is to start doing school visits later this year, and do as many as possible with my schedule and funding!

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I haven’t done any school visits yet, but it is something that I would definitely be interested in doing! I have helped out at science fairs and competitions which have been fun, so I would definitely like to visit schools too! 😊

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      Nathan James answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      Hi Gabby,
      Most of my public-engagement volunteering has been in museums with families and school groups, where I’ve led science-themed activities on a wide variety of topics (fossils, microscopes, movie making, astronomy, etc…). I haven’t been into schools yet, but I’ve recently signed up as a STEM Ambassador and I’m working on some cool activities for students, so hopefully I’ll visit some schools soon! Perhaps I’ll see you there!

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      Nuru Noor answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I usually do one of the careers talks each year at a local high school/sixth form college and talk about how awesome it is to be both a doctor and medical researcher 😎

      It is one of the highlights of my year, and I really look forward to it! I will definitely try and do this more often and at more locations in the future 👍

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I don’t go into schools regularly, but I’d like to do more school visits! I help out at our University science festival every summer, where lots of children come along with their families.

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I go to schools maybe 2-3 times per year. We do career events and also give presentations and provide activities about the work we do at MRC Harwell.

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      Sarah Brown answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      Hi Gabby 😀 I go into schools pretty regularly as it’s what I really love to do! I probably visit about 1 school every month. I also do lots of science fairs and fun activity days.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I haven’t been into any schools since I started my PhD – but I’d like too! For years I have done mentoring for a charity which helps 16 year olds prepare for their university applications which I really enjoy but this is all done over email. I focus on students who want to do science and medicine degrees so usually end up talking about my research!

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I have not done any school visits yet, but I would love too and participating in the Medical Research Zone feels a bit like it. I have participated in several Science Festivals, and this year I will participate at a Science Festival at the Science Museum in London during half-term at the end of May. If you are able to come, I would love to meet you in person!

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      In my last few jobs I went to schools all the time! Currently not so much but its something I want to do again

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      Nazia Ahmed answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I go into schools once a month usually. This is because I am an Outreach Fellow for my university. I usually go and speak to students in various age groups about what it’s like to study in Leeds and also what it’s like to do a science subject. I also do workshops to help student decide what GCSE/A-Level subjects to pick or ideas for coursework.

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      Nadine Mirza answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I haven’t gone into any schools yeeeeeeeeeet but I’ve worked with kids who come for school field trips to museums and science festivals!
      Also!!!! I JUST signed up to be a STEM Ambassador and that’ll mean going into schools a few times a year so I’m really excited to start that and hope the kids will enjoy it.

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      Aleksandr Sahakyan answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I visit one school rather frequently, but unfortunately mostly for picking up my son. Scientific outreach is, however, very important, and we do plan to visit schools with more creative initiatives, where we would try to deliver important and relevant scientific concepts in a simple and digestible manner at an informal setups in classrooms.

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I usually do about 3 visits a year. Actually a few more over the last year as we have been working on an art-science project with the school next door to where I work. But I normally go in to talk about either stem cells or my career in science.

      If your school are looking for more scientists to visit, there’s something called Skype a Scientist which your school can sign up to and then you can have a scientist Skype in to your lesson for you to chat to

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      Toby Candler answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I have been to our local school in The Gambia and talked about the science activity we do at the research station here. Its really important that children understand the importance of research and get excited about it early on so they may want to follow a career in science in the future

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      Jennifer Roe answered on 5 Mar 2020:


      I go maybe once every few years. I would like the opportunity to do more public engagement with young people as I think it is important they get the correct information and not rely on the internet.

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