Taking part benefits you and your students

➕ Benefits for your class


Science becomes more relatable

By taking part in I’m a Scientist students can:

Read case studies from teachers who have taken part



Supporting students’ science capital

Science capital is a measure of a person’s personal relationship with science. It relates to how much they see the subject as ‘for them’. More about science capital.

I’m a Scientist supports the science capital teaching approach:



Students discover new careers



Every student is equal

  • Text-based live Chats mean that all students have an equal chance of being answered:
    • It helps [to see] students in a different light. Some who are normally very quiet in school became very active in the chat.” – Teacher
  • Students gain confidence through asking questions.
    More about the advantages of text-based interactions


Accessible to every school



🎓 Benefits for teachers


It’s backed by research:

  • I’m a Scientist supports the Science Capital Teaching Approach
  • Taking part supports students’ science capital
  • It’s secure, safe and you’re in control: Only students who’ve been given access by their teacher can login to the Chat.
  • No personal details are shared on the site, and student content is moderated. Read our safeguarding statement ❯
  • You get to see which students have logged in and what questions they’ve asked.
  • You can download transcripts of live Chats


Everything’s designed for easy, online access:

  • Signing up is quick and easy
  • Students can log in at any time to read scientists’ profiles and send questions in Ask
  • Students create their own username using a link you create. This will take them around 10 minutes; send it to them the day before your chat, or earlier
  • You book chats for times that suit you and your students
  • Watch the video guides to see what it’s like to take part


It’s free for state-maintained schools:

  • Places are fully funded for state-maintained schools
  • That means that most schools don’t have to pay
  • Non-state-maintained schools may be asked to pay a fee to take part.
    Find out more ❯

Teachers: Sign up to take part ❯


Find out more:

Teachers homepage ❯
Benefits for your students ❯
Resources for the classroom ❯
Student safeguarding and privacy ❯
Questions? Contact support@iasuk.ddev.site