• Question: Why did you decide to go on I'm a scientist get me out of here?

    Asked by conormaynard7275 to Arlene, Colin, David, Eugene, Paul on 18 Nov 2012.
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      Paul Higgins answered on 18 Nov 2012:

      I love talking about science for one thing. It reminds me why I wanted to become a scientist in the first place! Also, public outreach is very important. The majority of science is paid for by taxes, so I think scientists have a responsibility to communicate science to the public. I’m a Scientist Get me Out of Here! is a very convenient way to do this because we can take quick 30 minute breaks at work and chat to a class room full of students, rather than having to drive out to a school and drive back again. I would happily chat online once a week for half an hour to a group of students all year round! Lastly, I would love to win the prize! I have been thinking about doing this astronomy education website for a long time, and I think it would be really useful to teachers who want to work space into their lessons. The prize would help me get the project started.