Taking part benefits you and your students

Benefits for your class

Science becomes more relatable

  • By taking part in I’m a Scientist students can:
    • Gain confidence through asking questions.
    • See real-life examples and applications of science.
    • Learn about the transferability of science and science qualifications.
    • See scientists as normal people, not ‘elite geniuses’, with hobbies, interests, pets, and families.

Read case studies from teachers who have taken part

Supporting students’ science capital

I’m a Scientist supports the science capital teaching approach.

Science capital is a measure of a person’s personal relationship with science; how much they see the subject as ‘for them’. More about science capital.

I’m a Scientist helps students become more aware of the diversity of, nature of, and routes into, science jobs. 

We challenge the misconceptions that a job in science is all-consuming and based in a lab.

More about how I’m a Scientist boosts students’ science capital


Students discover new careers

Students connect with scientists from a diverse range of backgrounds, disciplines, and industries.

They hear about new STEM careers and opportunities in higher education.

I’m a Scientist supports seven of the eight Gatsby Careers Benchmarks

Every student is equal

I’m a Scientist text-based live Chats mean that all students have an equal chance of being answered:

“It helps [to see] students in a different light. Some who are normally very quiet in school became very active in the chat.” – Teacher, May 2020

More about the advantages of text-based interactions

Accessible to every school

Schools within 15 minutes’ drive of a university are twice as likely to receive a visit from a university scientist than those 30 minutes or more away. Read more about how distance matters.

I’m a Scientist is online, so you can access it from anywhere.

More about our commitment to underserved and widening participation schools

Benefits for teachers

It’s backed by research:

You’re in control:

  • You get to see which students have logged in and what questions they’ve asked.
  • You can download transcripts of live chat sessions.


It’s secure and safe:

  • Only students who’ve been given access by their teacher can login to the Zone.
  • No personal details are shared on the site, and student content is moderated.
    Read our safeguarding statement ❯

Everything’s designed for easy, online access:

  • Signing up is quick and easy
  • Students can log in at any time to read scientists’ profiles and send questions in ASK.
  • Students create their own username using a link you create. This will take them around 10 minutes; send it to them the day before your chat, or earlier.
  • You book chats for times that suit you and your students.
  • Watch the video guides to see what its like to take part.

It’s free for state maintained schools:

  • Thanks to our funders, most schools don’t have to pay.
  • Non-state-maintained schools may be asked to pay a fee to take part.
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Teachers: Register to take part ❯

Find out more:

Teachers homepage ❯
Benefits for your students ❯
Resources for the classroom ❯
Student safeguarding and privacy ❯
Questions? Contact support@imascientist.org.uk