Bohunt Pupils put Scientists through their Paces in Online Competition


Pupils at Bohunt School have been interacting with scientists from across the UK in an online public engagement event aimed at getting students excited about science.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here saw students putting scientists through their paces through online live chats in which they could ask the experts about anything, from climate change to coding.

The aim of the event was to get students excited about science. Students see that scientists are normal people, learn that science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science.

The event ran from 7th-18th November 2016. I’m a Scientist is funded principally by the Wellcome Trust, an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. Additional funders in November 2016 included:

Neil Strowger, Headteacher at Bohunt, said: “We have a culture of innovation at Bohunt and projects like this are incredibly valuable. Not only did this experiment show students how excitement about subjects extends beyond the classroom but it gave them the opportunity to improve attitudes and communication skills. At Bohunt, we work incredibly hard to offer students the chance to expand their experiences with industry experts and the chance to speak to real, live scientists was unforgettable.”

Stratianna Davi, Science teacher at Bohunt said: ‘It was fantastic that Bohunt school students had the chance to meet scientists online who deeply believe in the research they are conducting, who devote their lives to the endless pursuit of discovery with little or no chance of scientific or social recognition. I am enormously pleased with the event as my students understood that the most difficult thing in science is to develop a firm belief that the chances of discovering something as wondrous as the structure of the DNA are minimal but not zero!”

Daisy Anderton and Helena Jarvis, year 8 pupils at Bohunt, said: “’We enjoyed learning from the answers that we received from the scientists, as well as information about themselves. Overall we had a great lesson, learning lots more and being inspired by the scientists”.