An event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists online.
Your students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the scientists anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.
Students see that scientists are normal people, learn that science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science.
How do I apply?
Fill in the registration form on this page (scroll down on mobile) and we’ll email you before each event asking if you want to take part with your students.
When are the events?
Who’s it for?
So much of the activity is pupil-led (the students ask the questions they want to) so different age groups, ability levels, and backgrounds all get something out of it.
- Year 5 to Year 13
- Special zones just for primary schools.
- Sixth form colleges, special schools, pupil referral units and other non-mainstream educational settings
How does it work?
Students can log in at any time during the 2 weeks of the event:
You book a 30 minute live text-based CHAT, where your students interact directly with scientists, ask questions, and let them know their opinions.
Students VOTE for the scientist they think should win £500 to spend communicating more science to the public.
How much time will it take?
We provide all the resources and materials needed, whether you’re running I’m a Scientist with just one class or a whole year group; including suggested lesson plans and modifications to suit different students’ abilities.
We recommend spending at least 2 hours on the event. This will usually be 1 introductory lesson, 1 homework of reading more about the scientists and submitting questions and 1 lesson of live chat with the scientists.
Why take part?
- Students see that scientists are normal people.
- Students are introduced the wide range of careers within science – not just limited to biology, chemistry, and physics.
- Being online gives all students a voice: “The set up allows everyone to have their chance to ask questions, whether they are the loudest person in the class, or the quiet curious student.”
- The students guide the event – they ask the questions and vote for the winning scientists.
- Creates a ‘buzz’ in the classroom.
How much does it cost?
Each event we work with a range of organisations to offer fully-funded places to UK state-maintained schools and colleges. If we receive more applications than we have places available we have to prioritise applications. More information on how we do that is here. If your school has access to alternative funding e.g. through your local NCOP or careers and aspiration funding, please let us know as we may be able to create additional space to secure places for your school.
Non-state-maintained schools, and schools outside of the UK may be asked to pay a fee to take part. More information here.
Do I need any special software or equipment?
All you need are computers with internet access for your students. The live chats are text-based (no video or audio needed) and run through this site.
How secure is it?
No personal details are shared on the site, and we moderate all content on the site. The only students who can log in are those who’ve been given access by their teacher.