I’m an Engineer is a student-led, online enrichment activity connecting students with people working in a diverse range of roles in STEM.
Thanks to our funders, taking part is free for state-maintained schools. It’s a moderated, flexible activity, that is safe, secure and easy to use. It’s suitable for ages from 10 to 18.
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1. Give context to your teaching
The I’m an Engineer activity shows students real-life applications of their classroom studies.
“I would like to do this year-round, in all science lessons, across the school“
– Laurette, Teacher
2. Give all students an equal voice
The text-based platform supports all students in having a voice, and asking the questions that interest them.
“… scientists in the classroom is good but you don’t have 100% engagement. I’m a Scientist takes that away: everybody’s got questions“
– Amanda, Teacher
3. Bring careers into the curriculum
Students get personalised careers advice from professionals in different workplaces with different career paths.
“It’s all part of the bigger picture of enabling them to see further study as a viable opportunity.”
4. Support students’ science capital
The activity introduces students to STEM professionals with whom they share personal interests and opinions.
Students make connections between STEM and their own lives, helping them see that science, and by extension, an engineering-related career, could be for ‘someone like me’.
The I’m an Engineer activity
During the activity, students:
- Learn about up to 30 engineers through their profiles, including their CVs
- Connect with a diverse range of engineers in 30-minute, text-based, online Chats
- Deepen their understanding and continue engaging with the engineers by sending follow-up questions
- Decide which engineer deserves the €500 winner’s prize
- Review their learning through a facilitated discussion
Science Foundation Ireland supports I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here.
At Science Foundation Ireland, we believe in the ability of science, technology, engineering & maths to effect positive change in the world and drive a sustainable international economy. SFI promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and, in particular, to the growth of the economy.
“I was able to ask questions that are important to me and my interests.”
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