I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here! is an online STEM enrichment activity where students connect with engineers and talk about the things that really matter to them.
“I’ve learnt that engineers have a quite interesting job and that there is more to an engineering job than fixing stuff and building stuff.”
Student, Satellite Zone
In the activity, students:
- ASK their own questions to engineers about everything and anything — questions range from robots to spacecrafts to pizza toppings.
- have conversations with engineers during a 30-minute, text-based live CHAT.
- choose the winner — they VOTE for their favourite engineer to win a prize of £500 for further STEM engagement.
Why take part?
Students discover that engineers are normal people, too, with hobbies and interests similar to their own. They learn how their science, maths and design & technology lessons relate to real life and the world around them, and become more engaged in their school work.
Students will connect with engineers from a wide range of backgrounds and industries, helping them see all the STEM careers available to them and increasing participation in higher education.
The online activity uses technology that students are familiar and comfortable with, meaning who might be too shy to speak up in class are able to do so in the I’m an Engineer environment.
How do I apply?
Fill in the registration form on this page and we’ll email you before the start of the next activity to ask if you want to take part with your students (on mobile? Scroll down).
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 one introductory lesson, one piece of homework (we suggest reading engineers’ profiles and posting questions in ASK) and one lesson of live chat with the engineers.
Be warned: most teachers, when asked what they would do differently next time, said ‘spend more time on I’m an Engineer’.
How much does it cost?
Each event we work with a range of organisations to offer fully-funded places to UK state-maintained schools and colleges.
If we receive more applications than we have places available, we have to prioritise applications. Read more on how we prioritise schools.
Non-state-maintained schools, and schools outside of the UK may be asked to pay a fee to take part. More information here.
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