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I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here

This online, student-led activity connects students with a diverse range of scientists from different specialisms and backgrounds.

I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here

This online, student-led activity connects students with a diverse range of scientists from different specialisms and backgrounds.

It’s a moderated, flexible activity, that is safe, secure and easy to use. It’s suitable for ages from 10 to 18.

Students can:

  • See real-life examples and applications of science
  • Learn about the transferability of science and science qualifications
  • Chat with scientists in 30 minute energetic text-based online Chats, giving them a 1:1 personal experience
  • Ask in depth follow-up questions
  • See scientists as normal people (not ‘elite geniuses’) with hobbies, interests, pets, and families

I'm a Scientist supports students science capital. Young people with higher levels of science capital are more likely to see science as 'for me' and choose to study science subjects at a higher level. Students gain confidence through asking questions and forming follow-up questions based on a real-time response.

Logistics

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.

Cost

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

Topics

  • 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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