Teacher Guidance

I’m a Scientist connects students with STEM professionals online. Once you have given students access, they can:

  • Read profiles of scientists in different careers
  • Ask them questions
  • Chat with them in a 40 minute, text-only live Chat (which you can book for your class)
  • Vote for their favourite to win!

Introducing the activity to students

You can read the text below to brief your students on the activity. It may help to display the website at the same time.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is an activity where you connect with scientists online. We are taking part in the [Your Zone name]. There are different ways you can take part.

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  • As a class, we will have a 40 minute live Chat with some of the scientists.
  • It’s text-only; there’s no audio or video.
  • In the live Chat, you can ask the scientists any questions you like.
  • You can see which scientists have signed up for our Chat on your dashboard when you log in.
  • There will also be a moderator in the Chat, who is there to make sure everything runs smoothly.
  • As well as the Chat we’ll have as a class, there may be after-school Chats you can take part in from home. See the information on your dashboard when you log in.

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  • You can send the scientists questions in the Ask section.
  • You can send questions to any scientist in the Zone, even if they weren’t in our live Chat.
  • You can ask whatever you like, and you can send your questions at any time.
  • If you add an email address to your account, you’ll get an email when your question has been answered.
  • Questions and answers stay on the site, so have a look around and see what others have asked.
  • At the end of the Zone, the student who asked the best question will win a gift voucher!

Read the following section if your Zone features Voting, not all zones have Voting.

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  • Each month you can Vote for your favourite scientist.
  • At the end of the Zone, the scientist with the most votes will win a £500 prize!
  • Read how the scientists would spend the prize money on their profiles and ask them about it.
  • The scientists are competing for your vote – who deserves it most?

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You’ll need:

To run I’m a Scientist you will need to:

  1. Arrange IT equipment for students (e.g. book computer suite, laptops, or tablets). I’m a Scientist works best when students have access to their own device. Make sure that school students are able to login on your organisations’ devices.
  2. Inform your IT admin team and ask them to add the websites on this list to your network allowlist

Lesson plans

We’ve prepared 3 lesson plans which are designed to increase your students’ engagement with the activity.

The lesson plans help students understand the variety of scientists that are taking part in the Zone. Designed to cover multiple aspects of the curriculum, students are able to feel more prepared ahead of their live Chat and subsequently meet more of the learning outcomes.

See the lesson plans ❯

Running a Chat prompt Sheet

image of the chat booking form

If you have booked a Chat on behalf of another teacher then pass on this guidance sheet to them

Give access to students

  1. From your dashboard, click MANAGE AND VIEW CLASSES to see the list of classes you’ve created.
  2. Give access to the activity through the pre-made login cards. Students can login with the username and password on each card. If this is not possible for you, then give students the unique registration URL where they can sign up with an email address.

More information on student data ❯

Meet the scientists – link to lesson plan

Give your students an opportunity to read the profiles of the scientists taking part and prepare their questions. screenshot of a live chat
For more help with this, see our suggested lesson plans ❯

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Chat: Connect with scientists

How to book

Login and go to imascientist.org.uk/live-chat

  1. Select the Zone
  2. Choose your date and time. Allow time for your students to login.
  3. Select a Class, or Create a New Class
  4. After clicking ‘Confirm Booking’, you will get a confirmation email with the next steps

Taking part in a live Chat

screenshot of a follow up question asked by a student and answered by scientists

  1. When it’s time for your Chat, log in to imascientist.org.uk
  2. Go to your Dashboard. You will find a link to your Chat under ‘Chat Bookings’
  3. A moderator will have set the live Chat up for you. Only students in your class can access your booked Chat.
  4. If you have any issues call us ASAP on 01225 326 892

Ask: Follow up questions

Following on from a live Chat, students can ask more in depth questions to scientists taking part in the Zone, even if they weren’t in the live Chat.

Vote: Make an informed decision

screenshot of a voted scientist

Each month, students can vote for their favourite scientist that is taking part in the Zone.

At the end of the Zone, the scientist with the most votes will win a £500 prize to spend on further STEM engagement.

Both before the live Chat and during, students have the opportunity to read scientists’ profiles to see how they would spend the prize money.

After seeking out further information through live Chats and ASK, students can use critical thinking to make an informed voting decision.

After your live Chat: Reflection


After your live Chat, you can use your teacher account to download a copy of the transcript. Don’t worry if you close the Chat window – you will also be emailed a link to the transcript at the end of the day.

Multiple interventions

I’m a Scientist is suitable for students aged 10 to 18. Studies show that engaging with an activity over multiple interventions is shown to increase students’ aspirations as well as increase the chance of them meeting multiple outcomes at a deeper level.

Student participation certificate

Students are able to download and print their own certificate from their dashboard. However, if you’d rather download the student participation certificate template yourself you can do so here: Download the Participation Certificate ❯

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We’re here to help. If you should have any questions, or need a hand with anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at support@imascientist.org.uk or by calling (+44) 01225 326 892.

You can also chat with us in the Staffroom Chat ❯ weekdays 9am to 5pm, whilst Zones are running.
(you must be logged in with your I’m a Scientist username)

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