Engage students with science during school closures

Across the UK, school students’ education has been disrupted, classes are split up and science teachers are tasked with providing remote activities.

You can help students stay connected with science, their teachers and their classmates using I’m a Scientist, the online STEM engagement activity:

  • CHAT with students and teachers in text-based chat sessions
  • Answer their questions about science and working in science

More on how IAS works

Get involved in online STEM engagement

The next online activities will launch after the Easter break.

Apply now and we will contact you about opportunities to connect with classes during the Summer Term.

Any questions, contact antony@mangorol.la or call 01225 326 892.

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How I’m a Scientist works

I’m a Scientist is an online public engagement activity that gets all kinds of people working in science (researchers, technicians, managers, private sector, public sector… everyone!) talking to school students across the UK.

Scientists develop their communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on their work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists.

Everything happens online so it’s easy for you to be involved right from your desk or smartphone and at times that suit your schedule.

Scientists put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science, their work, the universe and beyond. You engage directly with students in live text-based chats.

Live chats with classes

Live chats last 30 to 40 minutes. They are text-based, fast paced and fun. We don’t expect all scientists to attend every chat! Sign up to whatever you can fit into your schedule (watch example chat).

Time needed

Time commitment is flexible and the format is designed to so you can fit taking part into your normal schedule as much as possible.

As an example, most scientists in a normal two-week event say they spend around 1-2 hour a day on the site; maybe 1 hour on live chats and another hour answering students’ questions, which can be outside the work day, for example, during the evening or at lunch…  See how IAS fits into the schedule of a busy scientist.

Zones: A group of scientists and schools

The activity is usually divided into ‘zones’ with a particular set of scientists and schools in each one. These can be General Science, or themed, for example, Genes Zone. You will be assigned a zone when given log in details for the site.

The questions students ask


The questions asked were both fun and challenging, keeping me on my toes at all times and giving me a fresh perspective and enthusiasm for my own research

Daniel, chemist

Students will ask scientists questions about anything they like, about you, your work and science in general, from robots to pizza toppings.

All questions are moderated, to remove duplicate questions, as well as rude or offensive ones. The variety of questions and reactions from students are key to the benefits scientists get from taking part.

Equipment you need

All that’s needed is a computer with internet access. The live chats are text-based (no video or audio needed) and run through this site. Find out more about the benefits of a text-focused format.

Who can apply

The activity shows students the wide variety of careers that science leads to, so is open to anyone from industry and public sectors with a background in science and all kinds of scientists from academia (from PhD students to research associates to professors, and including technicians). If you’re not sure you’re eligible, contact antony@mangorol.la

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