Our Programs

I'm a Scientist USA program

I'm a Scientist USA will be our first program. If you like it we will build more programs for you.


What is I'm a Scientist?


ASK-CHAT-VOTEA FREE online event where school students meet and interact with scientists. It’s an American Idol-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges.


Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the scientists anything they want, and VOTE for their favorite scientist to win.


Scientists can talk to students all over the USA. Scientists engage directly with students, answering questions about science, their research, the universe and beyond.


How do I get involved?

Are you a teacher, a scientist or do you just want to be a part of an exciting new outreach program?

Take a look at our Get Involved page for more details.


What is I'm a Scientist like in School?

Take a look at this great video to see what I'm a Scientist is like from a teachers perspective.

Laura Heintz, teacher at Weston School in Wisconsin, posted this great video of her students taking part in I’m a Scientist. Take a look...

In the video, the students gather around laptops to discuss the scientists and their research, planning questions in advance. There’s a real buzz after the live chat, with the students excited that they’ve just talked to “real scientists”. One student comments: “It was really fun – they said that we were really good students too.” The class seemed to most enjoy the interaction with the scientists and chance to find out more about their work, with another student saying: “We were talking to Jon a lot, we were kind of bombarding him with questions… We watched some of his videos, the one where he threw a rock down on some lava was really cool.”

Laura explained to us what she thought were the main benefits of taking part: “Our school’s in the middle of a cornfield, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. We have students who’ve not left the state or gone further than Madison, which is a little over an hour away. It allows students to look beyond school and understand the world is a larger place. I thought it was amazing overall.”

She added: “Every day they do things over and over again, this was completely outside of their comfort zone – they see the world as it is and connect with it.”