Wednesday 15 June 2011

IAS2011 — Day #3

Third day of the 'I'm a Scientist – Get me out of here!' event. Okay, the initial adrenaline (how does adrenaline work?) is starting to fade (do planets fade?) and a day with not one but three online chats (do you enjoy science chats?) is starting to take its toll (what does that mean?). I've just managed to plough through most of the questions (hey, you didn't answer my question!) but the students are sooooooo curious that they just keep on coming in (can we do this all year?). I must say that all the scientists in our zone (Chromium) are having a great time, but it is as exhausting as it is exhilarating. And we're not the only ones. Even this evening, one of the moderators confessed to sneaking some sugar into her coffee (only 'a reaaaallly teeny amount', we were told!).

I must say that it is giving me a new respect for the modern school student... they really are an inquisitive and intelligence group if young people. And I've also got a new found respect for the teachers... how do they keep this up all day every day!

More can be found on the website and @imascientist on Twitter (search for #ias2011). Hey, we even got a mention on the STFC website (as I'm also an STFC employee!).

My top question for Day #3 was from "roxannebrace" who wrote: 'What motivates you to be persistent with different pieces of research?'


  1. Definitely a tough day in the Chromium Zone today, but also great fun.

    I liked how impatient the students were today, especially when I was a few minutes late. Certainly keeps you on your toes...

    See you tomorrow!

  2. Thank you for writing all this up. It is great to hear your feedback.


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