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I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here

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

I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here

The I’m a Scientist activity shows students real-life applications of their classroom studies. Suitable for students aged 8 to 11.

Your students take part in a themed activity of your choosing. These are matched closely to your curriculum, more general or to celebrate a special event (e.g. British Science Week).

During the online activity, students:  

  • Learn about up to 30 relevant 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

I'm a Scientist supports 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’.


It’s quick and easy to set up, and text-only – no audio or video required.

It’s accessible from the classroom or home, and is super-flexible – you book chats at times that suit you and your classes.


Free for state schools, but there may be a charge for fee-paying and international schools.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering


  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Materials
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Earth and space
  • Seasonal changes
  • Forces
  • States of matter
  • Computing
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Interpreting and communicating results
  • Evaluating

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

Good for a career in...

  • Computing
  • Design
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Space
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