I’m A Scientist 2010 ends, and the winner is…

by Andrew Maynard on June 25, 2010

An hour or so ago, the final winners of I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here were announced.  To my surprise, I made it to the last two standing in the Silicon Zone yesterday, and have been on the edge of my seat today waiting to see whether I was going to be ousted by the rather younger and infinitely more hip Marianne Baker.

And who won?

Before I reveal that, I must say that this has been a brilliant event, brilliantly run by the folks at Gallomanor.  I’m sure there has been frenetic activity behind the scenes, but Sophia Collins, Shane McCraken and a whole host of staff and moderators have done an incredible job of coordinating 100 scientists, several thousand kids, an unbelievable number of live chats and a seemingly inexhaustible stream of questions.  And all the while keeping their sense of humor!

Then there are the scientists.  The four other scientists in the Silicon Zone were fabulous – Paula Gilfillian, Emma Pilgrim, Andrew Leitch and Marianne Baker.  Putting the competition aside (and I seriously don’t know why the students ended up voting for me rather than the others), everyone did a wonderful job of engaging with the kids and providing great answers.  Don’t believe me?  Check out their answers to the questions, and I can guarantee you’ll end up thinking “wow – this is so good they should have won!” – many of my answers were plain and mundane by comparison.

And the students?  What a great bunch!  Their questions stretched and challenged all of us – as well as leading to rather more laugh out loud situations than is probably proper in scientific circles!  Okay so there were some who tested our patience (you know who you are…), but what an enriching experience!

And the winner?

Well, to be honest – it’s the students!  What better way to inspire the next generation of science-savvy individuals than by getting them excited about science in the classroom.

Brilliantly done I’m A Scientist!

Oh, and if you really want to know who the last scientists standing were, here’s the full low-down.

Update:  If you’re inspired to take part in I’m a Scientist 2011 – you can already sign up here!

Update 9/6/10 – Oops, a gremlin crept into Marianne Baker’s link!  Now fixed.  You can also read her blog at Purely a Figment of your Imagination.

1 Evan Michelson June 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Congratulations, Andrew! Can’t think of a more deserving winner. And you are right…the students are the real winners in this activity!

2 Andrew Maynard June 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Evan :-)

3 Ruth Seeley June 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Congratulations – I’m so proud of you. Despite the time zone and travelling handicap, I’m not at all surprised you won. You remind me of the engineer I worked with on a year-long community and stakeholder consultation. He just loved kids and turning them on to science – he used to tell us stories about how involved he’d become with his children’s science projects that were quite scandalous but nonetheless very amusing. And when people did bring their children to the meetings we’d set up, we always knew Rick would take care of them – and that the kids would leave as mini ambassadors for our project.

4 Andrew Maynard June 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Thanks Ruth!

The whole experience was tougher yet more enjoyable than I had expected.

5 Tina Bahadori June 26, 2010 at 7:29 am

Congratulations Andrew! This was fun and grueling — you must be proud that you survived with flying colors. Do your kids see you differently now?

6 Andrew Maynard June 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Tina!

Not sure whether my kids see me differently – they’re a cynical lot :-)

Interestingly, I realized pretty fast that having my own kids only got me onto the first rung of engaging with other kids effectively – still a steep learning curve.

7 Marianne September 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hey,

Sorry it took me ages to write about it!! Had a massive backlog after holiday.
Thanks for the mentions :D
Though, for some reason the second link from my name goes to Gallomanor, rather than my blog! Oops…

Congrats again – did you get any more contact from the school after everyone received their books?

8 Andrew Maynard September 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Thank Marianne, and apologies for the mucked-up link – now working! Also added a link to the blog – http://noodlemaz.wordpress.com/ for anyone who’s reading this.

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