• I’m a Scientist is like school science lessons meet the X Factor! School students choose which scientist gets a prize of $1,000 to communicate their work.

    Scientists and students talk on this website. They both break down barriers, have fun and learn. But only the students get to vote.

    This zone is the Micro Life Zone. It has a range of scientists studying all different topics. Who gets the prize? YOU decide!

    So, what’s the Micro Life Zone all about?

    Looking at living things under the microscope makes the teeny-tiny appear much larger, telling us heaps about what they are made up of and what makes them tick. What do you think you would see if you zoomed into our bodies? Are there other living organisms sharing our bodies with us? And which of these are doing us good, and which are doing us harm?

    Scientists in the Micro Life Zone know a lot about one of the tiniest parts of life – Cells! How cells decide to live, how they decide to die, and what affects their decision – from the chemicals in the body to bacteria and viruses living inside of us.

    Some of the scientists in this zone focus their attention on applying what they can learn from different bacteria and the body’s chemical reactors (enzymes) to find which drug to use for a specific disease, or even develop new medicines.