Tori Blakeman, an Impact and Engagement Officer at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, works to communicate stories about STFC’s innovation activity. She took part in the recent I’m a Scientist online competition, sponsored by STFC, which helps school children identify with people who work in science.
Students chatted to Tori throughout the two-week challenge through fast-paced online live chats, where they asked all sorts of questions ranging from her career in science communication and most memorable experiments at university, to her favourite hobbies and music artists.
Tori said: “I wanted to take part in I’m a Scientist as I believe it’s hugely important for students to find out about the huge array of STEM careers there are outside of the laboratory. When I was at school, I was equally as creative as I was interested in science, and therefore I had no idea what career I’d be suited to.”
“It was fantastic introducing students to STFC and science communication – which intersects science and the arts – and helping them understand that all sorts of people, no matter what their interests and background, work in STEM.”
Throughout the competition, students got to vote for their favourite scientists until a winner was awarded with a £500 public engagement grant. Although Tori didn’t win, she was thrilled to make it to the final of her sessions.
I’m a Scientist connects students with scientists year-round. The next round of activity takes place in June 2019. If you are a teacher or a student in years 5-13, visit I’m a Scientist for details of how to get involved.
Last updated: 29 March 2019