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I’m a Scientist Kenya: 2014–17 Evaluation Report

In 2014 Wellcome funded Gallomanor and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme to pilot and roll out I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here in Kenya.

This report summarises the work done and the impact on students, teachers and scientists. The intended audience is Wellcome, the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, County Directors of Education and potential partners in other countries looking to develop digital science engagement programmes.

Download the full report: I’m a Scientist Kenya, Final Evaluation Report (September 2017) [PDF]

The project has been a success:

  • We estimate that around 1,000 Kenyan students took part. Students gained a better appreciation of the relevance of science and locally conducted research, are more likely to see science as a potential career, and are more enthused about science. Data from focus groups with students suggest that the project, “demystified scientists and offered role models”.
  • 20 scientists and 26 schools took part across 4 zones. Schools built relationships with KEMRI-Wellcome Centre, and experienced online engagement.
  • KES200,000 was distributed among 4 scientist winners for further spending on science education in Kenyan schools.

The success of the project however, did not come without challenges:

  • Internet connectivity was sometimes patchy and students were disappointed if they were not able to connect directly with participating scientists. Some schools’ IT provision is limited to a single teacher’s laptop connected via a mobile phone dongle, while others have IT suites with a decent permanent internet connection. Location and resourcing of the school makes a big difference.
  • Gaining permission from the Ministry of Education was time-consuming and caused significant delay to the roll out. It also constrained the project to after-school and lunchtime clubs, reducing the connection between it and science lessons.
  • We had excellent take up from schools in Kilifi and Nairobi, where the team had a local presence; but less good in Nakuru and Kisumu, where we relied on phone calls and emails.

Download the full report: I’m a Scientist Kenya, Final Evaluation Report (September 2017) [PDF]

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January 2017 Zone Reports

The January 2017 event was the second time the I’m a Scientist project has been run in Kenya, and the first event to reach schools outside of Kilifi, with schools from Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Kilifi taking part.

We ran three zones — the Blue Zone, the Green Zone, and the Health Zone — where 15 scientists answered questions and took part in live chats with students from 22 schools.

Find the reports here:

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Blue Zone Report — January 2017

The January 2017 event was the second time the I’m a Scientist project has been run in Kenya, and the first event to reach schools outside of Kilifi. The Blue Zone was one of two non-themed zones.

The Blue Zone was the busiest of the three zones run this January, with the most students logged in, the most questions asked, and the most lines of live chat. Nearly two-thirds of the lines of live chat came from Starehe Girls’ School in Nairobi; where students were often joining different chats to post their own questions.

This Zone report contains more detail on who did what and what questions were asked.

Download the report here or click the image: Blue Zone Report — January 2017 (PDF)

We ran three zones in January 2017: The Blue Zone, the Green Zone, and the Health Zone. Read all of the January 2017 zone reports here.

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Green Zone Report — January 2017

The January 2017 event was the second time the I’m a Scientist project has been run in Kenya, and the first event to reach schools outside of Kilifi. The Green Zone was one of two non-themed zones.

Students in the zone were interested and hungry for information, submitting nearly 500 questions in ASK. Questions in the zone featured a variety of different topics; students were interested in the work the scientists do, and how they became scientists, health and health research featured heavily.

This Zone report contains more detail on who did what and what questions were asked.

Download the report here or click the image: Green Zone Report — January 2017 (PDF)

We ran three zones in January 2017: The Blue Zone, the Green Zone, and the Health Zone. Read all of the January 2017 zone reports here.

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Health Zone Report — January 2017

The January 2017 event was the second time the I’m a Scientist project has been run in Kenya, and the first event to reach schools outside of Kilifi, with schools from Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Kilifi taking part in the Zone. This is the second time we have run a Health Zone in I’m a Scientist Kenya.

The Health Zone was the quietest of the three zones run this January, with the fewest schools taking part, and therefore questions asked. The engagement among the schools and scientists though was good. Students in the zone were engaged and focused their questions largely around health research, though also touched on subjects such as space, gravity, and physics. Cheryl provided nearly two-thirds of the scientist activity in the zone in both the ASK and CHAT sections.

This Zone report contains more detail on who did what and what questions were asked.

Download the report here or click the image: Health Zone Report — January 2017 (PDF)

We ran three zones in January 2017: The Blue Zone, the Green Zone, and the Health Zone. Read all of the January 2017 zone reports here.

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Health Zone Report — September–October 2014

healthreportOur first zone in Africa was a great success. 10 schools were invited to participate. All 10 took part. 136 student accounts were used, representing over 300 students as most were shared. 487 questions were asked. 298 votes were cast.

This Zone report contains more detail on who did what and what questions were asked.

To download the report click on the image or here: 2014 Health Zone Report.

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