On this page you’ll find all the teaching materials we’ve developed for the I’m a Scientist event. They’re designed to develop students’ debating and discussion skills, and help the event run as smoothly as possible in your classroom.
- Teacher FAQs
- Materials for running the event
- Talk about taking part
- Debate Kits
Materials for running the event
Top Teacher Tips
Additional materials to use with the lesson plans
We’ve prepared some suggested lesson plans to help run the event, you’ll find these above in the Teacher Notes. Below you’ll find some additional resources to use in conjunction with the lesson plans.
Lesson 1: “You’re the Judges!”
Lesson 2: “Meet the Scientists”
Other materials and useful links on the site
- Student participation certificates – Templates to create certificates for your students as a record of their participation
- Live chat booking page – Live chats can be booked any time during the two weeks of the event, though you must be signed up to take part in the event; we’ll email you to let you know when you can start booking chats.
- Guide to live chat transcripts (PDF) — Live chat transcripts can be useful tools for the students to reflect on the lesson, and to look in more detail at the questions and answers from the chat. This guide will show you how to download the transcript, and how to use the data in the file.
- Evening chat flyer – Involve parents and carers in what you are doing in school with this after-school chat for families.
- Staffroom – The staffroom is open during the two weeks of the event from 9am to 5pm. You can chat with the moderators and it’s a great place to get help quickly.
Talk about taking part
Taking part in I’m a Scientist is a great opportunity to engage your students in science. But perhaps you hadn’t considered that it’s also a fantastic opportunity for you to engage the local media – and in turn your local community – with your school.
We have put together a Media Engagement Toolkit to help lead your colleagues through the process of pain-free media engagement. Share it with your school secretary, business manager or headteacher as appropriate.
Ideally use this kit to garner press interest while the event is taking place. But if for whatever reason you don’t manage to engage the media during the event, don’t worry. You could still get some follow-up interest by taking some simple steps during the event to capture the mood and experiences. And you’ll also have resources at hand for any future use in newsletters, blog posts, poster displays and the like.
Please do take advantage of this toolkit to generate the positive publicity your school and students deserve.
We’ve put together some useful materials and information about the I’m a Scientist project, that can be used in blog posts, emails, and newsletters. It includes information about the project, links to artwork, and flyers.
Our science debate kits are designed to help students develop discussion skills around scientific issues and learn about the limitations of science and the potential ethical questions surrounding it.
- More information on debate kits: debate.imascientist.org.uk/what-is-a-debate-kit/
- Download the kits for free: debate.imascientist.org.uk/the-kits/
- Sign up to receive free hard copies of new kits: debate.imascientist.org.uk/sign-up-for-debate-kits/
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