Teachers: Connect your students with scientists

I’m a Scientist is a student-led, online enrichment activity that connects students with people working in a diverse range of roles in STEM.

Thanks to our funders, taking part is free for state-maintained schools. It’s a moderated, flexible activity, that is safe, secure and easy to use. It’s suitable for ages from 10 to 18.

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1. Give context to your teaching

The I’m a Scientist activity shows students real-life applications of their classroom studies.

I would like to do this year-round, in all science lessons, across the school

– Laurette, Teacher

2. Give all students an equal voice

The text-based platform supports all students in having a voice, and asking the questions that interest them. 

… scientists in the classroom is good but you don’t have 100% engagement. I’m a Scientist takes that away: everybody’s got questions

– Amanda, Teacher

3. Bring careers into the curriculum

Students get personalised careers advice from professionals in different workplaces with different career paths. 

I’m a Scientist meets 6 of the Gatsby Good Guidance Benchmarks.

4. Support students’ science capital

The activity introduces students to science professionals with whom they share personal interests and opinions.

Students make connections between science and their own lives, helping them see that science, and by extension, a science-related career, could be for ‘someone like me’.

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Fully funded for UK state schools

The I’m a Scientist activity

Your students take part in a themed activity of your choosing. These are matched closely to your curriculum, more general or to celebrate a special event (e.g. British Science Week)

During the activity, students: 

  • Learn about up to 40 relevant scientists through their profiles, including their CVs
  • Connect with a diverse range of scientists in 30-minute, text-based, online Chats
  • Deepen their understanding and continue engaging with the scientists by sending follow-up questions
  • Decide which scientist deserves the £500 winner’s prize
  • Review their learning through a facilitated discussion

We have designed to support your teaching, including lesson plans, prompt sheets, transcripts and learning outcomes.

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“I was able to ask questions that are important to me and my interests.”

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