Teacher Guidance

Introduction to the activity

During the activity, students: 

  • Learn about up to 30 relevant 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

Booking the activity

Once you’ve signed up, we’ll be in touch with your login details for imanengineer.ie. If you have signed up but haven’t received your login information, please contact support@imascientist.ie.

To run the activity you’ll first need to book a time and date for your class’s live Chat with imanengineer.ie.

How to book your Chat

Once you’ve chosen your theme, you’ll need to book a date and time for your class to connect in real-time, online, with engineers

  1. Login and go to imanengineer.ie/live-chat
  2. Choose your date and time. Remember to allow time for your students to login before the Chat starts.
  3. Select a Class, or Create a New Class
  4. After clicking ‘Confirm Booking’, you will get a confirmation email with the next steps

Once you’ve booked your Chat, we’ll send out the date and time to a selection engineers. The engineers will then respond to the Chat invite to let you know whether they’ll be joining your class. 

You can cancel Chats from your Dashboard. 

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Lesson plans

We have designed a lesson plan, based on the Science Capital Teaching Approach. The lesson plan is based on a 60-minute session. If you’d like to deepen your students’ experience there is also a 3-lesson set of plans

Guidance for cover teachers

I’m an Engineer has been designed so that other teachers can run the Chat for you. Pass on this cover guidance document to them to help explain how to run the lesson.

Learning about the engineers

Once you’ve chosen a theme for your class’s activity and booked your Chat, your students will be able to view the profiles of all the engineers invited to the Chat.

A profile will include pictures, information about them and their work, some interview style questions and a small section on work history. The profiles will help students see the diversity of people working in STEM.

You and your students will be able to view the specific engineers who’ve signed up to attend your class’s Chat by visiting the Dashboard.

Connecting in the Chat

The Chat is where your students get to connect with real engineers online. The Chat lasts for 30 minutes and is text-based; there’s no audio or video. 

There are a few things you’ll need to do before your Chat.

IT needs

Arrange for students to have access to IT equipment at the time of the Chat (e.g. book computer suite, laptops, or tablets). I’m an Engineer works best when students have access to their own device. Make sure that school students are able to login on your organisations’ devices.

Important: Inform your IT admin team and ask them to add the websites on this list to your network allowlist

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Give access to students

You’ll need to give your students access so that they can send and read messages in the Chat. To do so:

  1. Login at imascientist.ie and go to your Dashboard
  2. Go to /create-class/ to see the list of classes you’ve created
  3. Provide students with the pre-made login cards or the unique registration URL

Taking part in the Chat

In the live Chat students can ask the engineers any questions they like. Chats can be fast-paced and lively, but remember that there will also be a DBS-checked moderator in the Chat, who is there to make sure everything runs smoothly.

When it’s time for your Chat, you and your students need to:

  1. Login at imanengineer.ie 
  2. Click the Chat button at the top of the page

A moderator will have set the live Chat up for you 5 minutes before it is due to start. Only students in your class can access your booked Chat. If you have any issues call us ASAP on (+44) 1225 667 922.

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Sending follow up questions

Following on from a Chat, students can ask more in-depth questions to engineers within their theme, even if that engineer wasn’t present in the Chat. Students will need to login at imanengineer.ie to send a question.

If students add an email address to their account, they get an email alert when their question has been answered.

You’re able to see the questions your students have had answered from your Dashboard. Students can also see the questions their peers have asked. Students, teachers and engineers can comment on these questions, sparking wider conversations.


Students can Vote for their favourite engineer. At the end of each term, the scientist with the most Votes will win a €500 prize to spend on further STEM engagement.

The engineers’ profiles will explain how they would wish to spend the prize money. After seeking out further information through the Chat and in follow-up questions, students can use critical thinking to make an informed voting decision.

They get a new Vote each fortnight.

Student reflection

After the Chat or at the start of a following lesson, encourage your students to participate in the 5 minute reflection activity to facilitate discussion around their experience. 

Through this assessment tool, students delve deeper into the learning outcomes they have met.

Multiple interventions

I’m an Engineer 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.



When your Chat closes you’ll be given the option 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.

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.ie or by calling (+44) 01225 667 922.

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