Get your students excited about science

Free Online EventA free 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.


When are the events?

Event times
The next event will run from 5th to 16th November 2018.

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.

  • Primary and post-primary students.
  • Special zones just for primary schools.
  • High support schools, special schools and other non-mainstream educational settings
  • Free for Irish schools


How does it work?

Students can log in at any time during the 2 weeks of the event:
ASK CHAT VOTE I'm a Scientist science education activity
Students can ASK scientists about anything they like, from robots to video games.

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.


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, 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.
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How do I apply?

Fill in the form on the right hand side of this page (scroll up) and we’ll email you before each event asking if you want to take part with your students.

Teacher Resources

These sections have all the teaching materials that we’ve developed for the event I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! They are designed to bring real science to life for your students and to help improve students’ critical thinking, problem solving skills and independent thinking.

We believe that information should be free, especially in education, so this part of the site is accessible to everyone. All teachers (and anyone else) are free to use anything we’ve created on the site. This material has been created by Gallomanor (unless otherwise stated) and we have NOT copyrighted it. All material is licensed under a (CC) Creative Commons attribution license.

Classroom eviction poster

Who’s been evicted poster

Teacher Notes booklet

Teacher notes booklet
Lesson 1 – Drag & Drop criteria list
Lesson 2 – PowerPoint 

Debate Kits

Debate Kits site