I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here is an online public engagement activity.
By taking part you:
- develop communication skills
- gain a fresh perspective on your work
- find out what young people think about engineering.
Everything happens online so it’s easy for you to be involved right from your desk or smartphone and at times that suit your schedule.
You put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science and engineering, your work, the universe and beyond, and engage directly with classes in live text-based chats.
Students vote for their favourite engineer to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.
Chats with classes
Chats last 30 to 45 minutes. They happen on our simple messaging platform (all typing, no video or audio needed).
Chats are fast paced and fun. We don’t expect you to attend every chat! Sign up to whatever you can fit into your schedule (watch example chat).
Zones: Groups of engineers and schools
The activity is divided into ‘zones’ with a set of 50+ engineers and 60+ school classes in each.
A zone could be a General Science Zone, or themed, for example, a Biomedical Engineering Zone.
Each zone is live for 4 weeks. You choose your preferred zones and dates when applying.
Time commitment is flexible and the format is designed to so you can fit taking part into your normal schedule as much as possible.
Typically, most engineers say they spend around 1 to 2 hours on the site on days they log in: 1 hour on live chats and another hour answering students’ questions, which can be outside the work day, for example, during the evening or at lunch… See how the similar I’m a Scientist activity fits into the schedule of a busy scientist.
Questions students ask
All questions are moderated, to remove duplicate questions, as well as rude or offensive ones. The variety of questions and reactions from students are key to the benefits people get from taking part.
Equipment you need
All that’s needed is a computer or other device with internet access. The chat sessions are text-based and run through this site. Learn more about the advantages of a text-focused format.
Prize money for your project
The students vote for the engineer they think should win £500 for their own science engagement ideas.
This could be school visits, science fair exhibits, videos or podcasts, blogs, arranging class visits to your office… as long as it’s involving people outside of engineering, it’s a good idea.
During the activity an Engineer of the Week is announced every Friday. The overall winner is revealed on the final Friday afternoon.
Enhance your learning: IAS Academy
The IAS Academy is a facilitated online course for researchers to take alongside participation in I’m an Engineer. Based on the NCCPE Engage Framework, it helps researchers understand the fundamentals of quality public engagement.
You can add access to the course for a small cost to your institution. Find out more about IAS Academy.
Who can apply
Anyone in a job connected to engineering is welcome to apply.
The activity shows students the wide variety of careers that science and engineering lead to, so is open to anyone working in industry and public sectors, and all kinds of engineers from academia (PhD students, technicians, research associates, professors…). Currently, undergraduate students are not eligible to take part.
If you have any questions at all, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.