How I’m a Scientist works for a Teacher

A photo of students taking part online, on computers, in the classroomI’m a Scientist is a student-led STEM enrichment activity, which connects students with working scientists online. How I’m a Scientist works in the classroom ❯

In the activity, students can:

  • Read profiles of scientists in different careers
  • Chat with scientists in 40-minute, instant messaging style Chats which you can book for your classes
  • Ask the scientists follow-up questions/li>
  • Vote for their favourite scientist to win $500 for further science engagement

Teachers: Register to take part ❯

For students of all abilities

The activity is student-led (students ask the questions they want to) so different age groups, ability levels, and backgrounds all get something out of it. It’s suitable for:

  • Students aged 7 to 18 years old
  • Community colleges, special classes and non-mainstream educational settings

“The enthusiasm of the scientists involved is contagious and the children get very excited when questions are answered.” – Teacher, June 2019


A photo of students taking part online, on computers, in the classroomPerfect for blended learning

Everything happens online. It’s text-only – no audio or video needed!

Students can take part from school or home – all they need is a device with internet access.


Secure experience

No personal details are shared on the site. Only students given access by their teacher can log in. Teachers can also moderate live chats.

All interactions are moderated by our trained moderation team.

“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


Fits into your timetable

I’m a Scientist is a flexible online activity.
Book live chats for the dates and times that suit you. Students can log in at any point to read profiles and ask questions.

“Incredibly easy to set up and run” – STEM Coordinator, April 2020


Free for US schools

We work with a range of funders to offer this activity free to US schools.

Using I’m a Scientist in the classroom

We have created some free teaching materials that we’ve developed to run alongside the I’m a Scientist event. They’re designed to develop students’ debating and discussion skills, and help the event run as smoothly as possible in your classroom. Look at the Guidance and Resources for more information.

Teachers: Register to take part ❯

Find out more:

Benefits for your students
How to use I’m a Scientist in the classroom
Lesson plans and resources
Student safeguarding and privacy

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