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Engaging disengaged students with I’m a Scientist

Some students don’t like science lessons. Maybe they don’t see the point, maybe they don’t think they’re good at science, maybe they used to love science but have been put off by the stress and pressure of exams. Whatever the reason these students don’t engage, here are 3 ways I’m a Scientist can help.

1. Enthuse and engage students

In I’m a Scientist, students lead the conversation and genuinely connect with the scientists taking part. Teachers often tell us how well their class engaged with the activity or how their classroom had a real “buzz”, especially during the live chat session.

A number of teachers have also been surprised by specific students who aren’t usually “into” science.

2. Improve motivation to learn – long term

Taking part helps students see how science is relevant to them; students’ science capital is increased and they begin to see science as ‘something for me’. Having a higher science capital makes it more likely for your students to continue studying science at a higher level. The Science Capital Teaching Approach helps students share personal experiences, and find their value and links to science content.

Teachers often notice greater lesson engagement and improved learning after taking part in I’m a Scientist.

3. Give your quiet students a voice

Perhaps the “disengaged” student isn’t actually disengaged, just shy or spoken over by others in the group. Unlike face-to-face interactions, in I’m a Scientist students voices all have the same “volume”, providing them with a level playing field. The text-based live chats are fast paced but everyone gets their say and quieter students get the chance to shine.


Apply for your students to take part

Trying to engage your students to make the most of science? Help them find their enthusiasm and motivation through I’m a Scientist activities; register your interest at imascientist.org.uk/teachers or contact admin@imascientist.org.uk for more information.

Already registered? Don’t forget to apply for the next event – we email registered teachers when applications open (about 2 months before the event starts).

Posted on May 25, 2018 modkatie in News, School, Science Engagement, Scientist Quote, Teacher Quote, Teachers | Leave a comment

This has been a great opportunity for me to take a step back and approach my work with a new perspective and I’m heading back to the lab with a renewed enthusiasm.

Craig O’Hare, Scientist, March 2017

Posted on April 11, 2017 modmichaela in Quote, Scientist Quote | Leave a comment

The students were thrilled they were talking to real life engineers and they were responding to them individually. The excitement when their question was answered was fantastic! This sort of opportunity doesn’t arrive easily.

Teacher, March 2017

Posted on April 4, 2017 modantony in Quote, Teacher Quote | Tagged | Leave a comment

This event has been a real opportunity for me, and I have learnt so much about communicating science to students embarking on their journey of scientific learning.

Lauren Burt, Scientist, November 2016

Posted on February 22, 2017 modantony in Quote, Scientist Quote | Tagged | Leave a comment

The children here refused to leave until the result was announced!! And what a commotion when the winner’s name came up – worse than X Factor….Great to see children so excited about Science.

Teacher, November 2016

Posted on February 10, 2017 modantony in Quote, Teacher Quote | Tagged | Leave a comment

My school is absolutely buzzing about ‘I’m a scientist’. Children are spending hours at home looking at questions. They don’t want to go out for lunch, so they can spend time on it!

Teacher, I’m a Scientist, March 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 modangela in Quote, Teacher Quote | Leave a comment

I have learnt that scientists aren’t all that different to everyone else and anyone can really become a scientist if they really wanted to.

Student, I’m a Scientist, March 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 modangela in Quote, Student Quote | Leave a comment

It’s a really fun way to learn about science. You get to chat and learn from real scientists by typing. AMAZING!

Student, I’m a Scientist, March 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 modangela in Quote, Student Quote | Leave a comment

(I’ve learnt that…) not all science is bad. If I don’t like one part of science, it doesn’t mean that I don’t like all parts of science. And amazing things have come out of it, so you never know what will happen in the future!

Student, I’m a Scientist, March 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 modangela in Quote, Student Quote | Leave a comment

what havent i learnt? i found out loads of my questions i had wanted to know and it is fun to look at the lives of 5 different scientists. this website has INSPIRED me!!!

Student, I’m a Scientist, March 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 modangela in Quote, Student Quote | Leave a comment

I have learnt that any dream could be possible, like i wanted to meet a scientist and my dream came true. Eventhough hayley used to sleep in her class she still became a scientist.Only I have one dream and that is to be a doctor.

Student, I’m a Scientist, March 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 modangela in Quote, Student Quote | Leave a comment

I cannot express in words how much I’d recommend this to any PhD student, science technician or any academic with time on their hands. It is certainly the most rewarding experience I’ve been part of.

Jess Wade, I’m a Scientist, June 2015

Posted on September 17, 2015 Moderator - Josh in Quote, Scientist Quote | Leave a comment

Both my classes did their chat sessions this morning, while they are usually fairly apathetic about anything they don’t have to do, they surprised themselves by getting interested.  That alone is impressive.

The best thing is that they have seen (and were talking afterwards) about how so-and-so likes cats, and that guy is a musicians as well, and so on. Scientists are normal people who like pizza, but are also really into finding things out.  Actually quite like the students, really.  I guess that’s the point of the exercise, but it’s good to see.

Teacher, I’m a Scientist June 2015

Posted on September 17, 2015 Moderator - Josh in Quote, Teacher Quote | Leave a comment

The pupils loved the live chats, they still can’t believe they were ‘allowed’ to talk to real scientists!!

Teacher, I’m a Scientist, March 2015

Posted on September 17, 2015 Moderator - Josh in Quote, Teacher Quote | Leave a comment