Teachers: Connect your students with scientists

I’m a Scientist is a student-led, online enrichment activity that connects students with people working in a diverse range of roles in STEM.

Thanks to funding from Science Foundation Ireland, taking part is free for state-maintained schools. It’s a moderated, flexible activity, that is safe, secure and easy to use. It’s suitable for ages from 10 to 18.

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1. Give context to your teaching

The I’m a Scientist activity shows students real-life applications of their classroom studies.

I would like to do this year-round, in all science lessons, across the school

– Laurette, Teacher

2. Give all students an equal voice

The text-based platform supports all students in having a voice, and asking the questions that interest them. 

… scientists in the classroom is good but you don’t have 100% engagement. I’m a Scientist takes that away: everybody’s got questions

– Amanda, Teacher

3. Bring careers into the curriculum

Students get personalised careers advice from professionals in different workplaces with different career paths. 

4. Support students’ science capital

The activity introduces students to science professionals with whom they share personal interests and opinions.

Students make connections between science and their own lives, helping them see that science, and by extension, a science-related career, could be for ‘someone like me’.

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The I’m a Scientist activity

During the activity, students: 

  • Learn about scientists through their profiles, including their CVs
  • Connect with a diverse range of scientists in 30-minute, text-based, online Chats
  • Deepen their understanding and continue engaging with the scientists by sending follow-up questions
  • Decide which scientist deserves the €500 winner’s prize
  • Review their learning through a facilitated discussion

Science Foundation Ireland supports I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here.

At Science Foundation Ireland, we believe in the ability of science, technology, engineering & maths to effect positive change in the world and drive a sustainable international economy. SFI promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy.

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“I was able to ask questions that are important to me and my interests.”

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Questions? Email us at support@imascientist.ie