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I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here

Connecting students with real engineers online.

I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here

I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here is an online, student-led STEM enrichment activity. It connects school students with engineers through energetic real-time text-based chats.

During the activity, students:

  • read profiles of engineers in a variety of different careers
  • ask their own questions to engineers about everything and anything
  • chat with engineers during a 40-minute, text-based live chat session
  • vote for their favourite engineer to win £500 to do more STEM engagement

I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here makes subjects relevant to students and helps them see positive futures for themselves. 

Capacity

Minimum of 5 participants, maximum of 40 participants.

Cost

Free for state-maintained UK schools

Duration

The website is open for students to access at any time over the 4 weeks. Each class can book 1 40-minute live chat session, at a time to suit them.
Outside the chat session, students can continue to read profiles, ask questions and vote for their favourite engineer. We suggest spending 2 hours on the activity, but this is flexible depending on your schedule.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

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

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

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and Food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Entertainment
    • General Engineering
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Medicine/Healthcare
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Sport/Fitness
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmark hitter

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

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.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

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Project

Engineering Education Scheme

Students will experience problem-solving while working on a real-life STE(A)M project, created by a local company.

  • Ages 16 to 17
  • In-school
  • 6 months, 1 hour a week
  • Cost applies

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