Keep school students engaged with STEM

Across Ireland, school students’ education has been disrupted, classes are split up and science teachers are tasked with providing remote activities.

Help students stay connected with STEM, their teachers and their classmates using the IAS Stay at Home online STEM engagement activities.
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  • CHAT with students and teachers in text-based chat sessions
  • Answer their questions about science, engineering and working in STEM
  • Build your understanding of public engagement principles on the IAS Academy course

The online activities begin 20 April

Sign up by 17 April to be part of the ‘Green Zone’, for all scientists and engineers, funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

More on how Stay at Home Zones work

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Anyone in a role connected to science, technology, engineering or maths is welcome to sign up for the Stay at Home Zones

IAS Stay at Home is an online public engagement activity that gets all kinds of people working in STEM (researchers, engineers, technicians, managers, private sector, public sector… everyone!) talking to school students across Ireland during the school closures.

By taking part you develop communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on your work, and find out what young people think about science and engineering.

Everything happens online so it’s easy for you to be involved right from your desk or smartphone and at times that suit your schedule.

You put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science and engineering, your work, the universe and beyond, and engage directly with classes in live text-based chats.

Live chats with classes

Live chats last up to 45 minutes. They are text-based, fast paced and fun. We don’t expect you to attend every chat! Sign up to whatever you can fit into your schedule (watch example chat).

Time needed

Time commitment is flexible and the format is designed to so you can fit taking part into your normal schedule as much as possible.

Typically, most scientists and engineers say they spend around 1 to 2 hours on the site on days they log in: 1 hour on live chats and another hour answering students’ questions, which can be outside the work day, for example, during the evening or at lunch…  See how IAS fits into the schedule of a busy scientist.

Zones: A group of STEM professionals and schools

The activity is divided into ‘zones’ with a particular set of scientists/engineers and school classes in each one. This could be a General Zone, or themed, for example, a Medical Research Zone. You will be assigned a zone when given log in details for the site.

The questions students ask


The questions asked were both fun and challenging, keeping me on my toes at all times and giving me a fresh perspective and enthusiasm for my own research

Daniel, chemist

Students will ask scientists and engineers questions about anything they like, about you, your work and STEM in general, from robots to pizza toppings.

All questions are moderated, to remove duplicate questions, as well as rude or offensive ones. The variety of questions and reactions from students are key to the benefits people get from taking part.

Equipment you need

All that’s needed is a computer with internet access. The live chats are text-based (no video or audio needed) and run through this site. Find out more about the advantages of a text-focused format.

Who can sign up

Anyone in a role connected to science, technology, engineering or maths is welcome to sign up for the Stay at Home Zone.

The activity shows students the wide variety of careers that science and engineering lead to, so is open to anyone from industry and public sectors, and all kinds of scientists and engineers from academia (PhD students, technicians, research associates, professors…).

If you’re not sure you’re eligible, or have any other questions, contact

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