➕ Benefits for your class
Science becomes more relatable
By taking part in I’m a Scientist students can:
- 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
Supporting students’ science capital
Science capital is a measure of a person’s personal relationship with science. It relates to how much they see the subject as ‘for them’. More about science capital.
I’m a Scientist supports the science capital teaching approach:
- Students become more aware of the diversity of, nature of, and routes into STEM jobs
- We challenge the misconceptions that a job in science is all-consuming and based in a lab
- Here’s 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 7 of the 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks
Every student is equal
- 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
- Students gain confidence through asking questions.
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
- I’m a Scientist is online, so you can access it from anywhere.
- More about how distance matters
- More about our commitment to underserved and widening participation schools
🎓 Benefits for teachers
It’s backed by research:
- I’m a Scientist supports the Science Capital Teaching Approach
- Taking part supports students’ science capital
- It’s secure, safe and you’re in control: Only students who’ve been given access by their teacher can login to the Chat.
- No personal details are shared on the site, and student content is moderated. Read our safeguarding statement ❯
- You get to see which students have logged in and what questions they’ve asked.
- You can download transcripts of live Chats
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 it’s like to take part
It’s free for state-maintained schools:
- Places are fully funded for state-maintained schools
- That means that 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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