Thank you from your winner – James!

Dear everyone,

jamesgilbertI’m still buzzing from the past two weeks. Going into I’m A Scientist, I really wasn’t sure what to expect, and I certainly didn’t expect to survive the swift and merciless judgement of our audience!

I see now just how important an aspect the live chats were. Things got serious, silly, deep, dark, hilarious, and on occasions weird; all in a 30 minute burst of direct exchange between today’s researchers and tomorrow’s minds. It was *energising* – I loved it. And I learned a tonne of stuff myself.

As an engineer-turned-researcher, I particularly enjoyed the “science vs engineering” questions when they came up. I too made assumptions about the engineer/scientist divide when I was at school (even when I was at university!), but never did I appreciate the magnitude of their overlap until, by accident more than design, I discovered the world of scientific instrumentation. With this in mind, I plan to use my prize to launch a high altitude balloon with student-designed experiments on board. I want people to get involved in the science *and* the engineering that goes into a near-space mission like this!

I want to thank everyone involved in dreaming up this brilliant scheme and making it a reality: the creators, the moderators, the other electromagnetic scientists, and of course the students!

So… onward and upward! To the stratosphere! Via balloon!


Posted on June 30, 2015 by modangela in News. Leave a comment

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