Planet Earth Zone: How it works

I’m a Scientist connects students with real scientists online.

In the activity, students:

  • Read profiles of experts working on fields related to this year’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES, Planet Earth: A User’s Guide.
  • Ask their own questions to the experts about everything and anything
  • Chat with the experts during a 40-minute, text-based live chat session

Take part with your students ❯

For students of all abilities

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

  • Suitable for Year 5/P6 to Year 13/S6
  • Primary and secondary
  • Special schools, pupil referral units, and other non-mainstream educational settings
“The enthusiasm of the scientists involved is contagious and the children get very excited when questions are answered.” – Teacher, June 2019


Perfect for home learning

Everything happens online. 

Students can take part from home while schools are closed – all they need is internet access.


Secure experience

No personal details are shared on the site. Only students given access by their teacher can log in. Teachers can also moderate the Chat. 

All interaction is through text – there is no video or audio used – and we moderate all content.

“It helps [to see] students in a different light. Some who are normally very quiet in school became very active in the chat.” – Teacher, May 2020

Guide to Data and Safeguarding [PDF].


Fits into your timetable

I’m a Scientist is a flexible online activity, running from 11 January to 5 February 2021.

Book live chats for the dates and time that suits you. Students can log in at any point to read profiles and ask questions.

We suggest spending 2 hours on the activity – one preparation lesson, one homework and one live chat session. This can be adapted for your timetable.

“Incredibly easy to set up and run” – STEM Coordinator, April 2020

Free for UK state-maintained schools

Thanks to the Royal Institution and their funders, this activity is free for UK state-maintained schools and colleges.


Find out more:

Benefits for your students ❯
A short, sharable guide to student privacy and safeguarding [PDF] ❯
I’m a Scientist Teacher FAQs ❯

If you have any questions at all, contact