Get your students excited about engineering

Free Online EventA free event where school students get to meet and interact with engineers online.

Your students challenge the engineers over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the engineers anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite engineer to win a prize of €500 to communicate their work with the public.

Students see that engineers are normal people, learn that science, technology and maths lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about engineering.

The next event is running 26th February–9th March. Register your interest for using the form on this page.

About I’m an Engineer

When are the events?

The next event runs for 2 weeks from 26th February – 9th March. Sign up before Monday 29th January by filling in the ‘Register your interest’ form on this page.

Who’s it for?

So much of the activity is pupil-led (the students ask the questions they want to) so different age groups, ability levels, and backgrounds all get something out of it.

  • Post-primary students
  • High support schools, special schools and other non-mainstream educational settings
  • Free for Irish schools

 

How does it work?

Students can log in at any time during the 2 weeks of the event:
ASK CHAT VOTE I'm an Engineer education activity
Students can ASK engineers about anything they like, from robots to pizza toppings.

You book a 30 minute live text-based CHAT, where your students interact directly with engineers, ask questions, and let them know their opinions.

Students VOTE for the engineer they think should win €500 to spend communicating engineering to the public.

How much time will it take?

We provide all the resources and materials needed, whether you’re running I’m an Engineer with just one class or a whole year group; including suggested lesson plans and modifications to suit different students’ abilities.

We recommend spending at least 2 hours on the event. This will usually be 1 introductory lesson, 1 homework of reading more about the engineers and submitting questions and 1 lesson of live chat with the engineers.

Why take part?

  • Students see that engineers are normal people.
  • Students see what engineering as a career is really about.
  • Being online gives all students a voice: “The set up allows everyone to have their chance to ask questions, whether they are the loudest person in the class, or the quiet curious student.”
  • The students guide the event – they ask the questions and vote for the winning engineer.
  • Creates a ‘buzz’ in the classroom.

 

Do I need any special software or equipment?

All you need are computers with internet access for your students. The live chats are text-based (no video or audio needed) and run through this site.

How secure is it?

No personal details are shared, and we moderate all content on the site. The only students who can log in are those who’ve been given access by their teacher.

How do I apply?

Fill in the form on this page and we’ll email you before each event asking if you want to take part with your students.