ISSUE: 2019 – May
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Welcome to May edition of the Imperial Outreach newsletter!

This month we have lot of exciting events on offer including Physics Open Days, Chemistry Taster Days and STEM Lectures for KS4 & 5. We also have an amazing opportunity for primary schools which utilises dance to introduces concepts in microbiology. 

Best wishes,
Outreach Team

Outreach Programmes

Summer Maker Challenge

Reach Out Makerspace, Imperial College London
Applications open

Do you like making? Applications for our Maker Challenge Summer Intensive programme are now open! Over two weeks, young people aged 14-18 will prototype, design and make with access to cutting-edge equipment in our state-of-the-art workshop. We'll teach a crash-course in 3D printing, laser-cutting, woodworking, electronics, programming and working with materials.  At the end of the programme, everyone will present their creation and prizes will be awarded to the most creative designs. What will you make?

Dates: 29th July or 12th August (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)
Cost: Free
Location: Makerspace, The Invention Rooms, White City
Ready to apply? Click here. Deadline 24 June 2019


Physics Project Open Day for GCSE Students

20 June 2019; 10:00 - 13:00
Imperial College London

Year 10 and 11 students - Registration open

This event is aimed at GCSE students (years 10 and 11) who are considering choosing physics as one of their A Level subjects. The session consists of short lectures and tips on how to get into physics, plus a Q&A with current undergraduate students. 

For more information and to book please see eventbrite.

Interactive Statistics Lecture

21 June 2019; Time TBC
Imperial College London

Year 11 to Year 13 students - Registration open

Alastair Shipman, a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be giving an interactive talk on statistics to students aged 15 - 18 years old. 

Further details relating to this talk will be available shortly on our Events Page and Eventbrite. If you would like to receive notification of when booking is open please email outreach.

Physics Project Open Day for A Level Students

21 June 2019; 10:00 - 13:00
Imperial College London

Year 12 students - Registration open

This event is primarily aimed at year 12 students who would like to know more about physics, what the subject entails at degree level, and where it can lead career-wise. 

For more information and to book please see eventbrite.

Software Bugs: Why They Exist and How to Fight Them

2 July 2019; 12:45 - 14:15
Imperial College London

Year 10 to Year 13 students - Registration open

Our society is highly dependent on software, with software controlling everything from mobile phones to cars, planes, medical devices and critical national infrastructure. Unfortunately, software is often buggy, and the consequences of software bugs are sometimes disastrous.
In this lecture, Dr Cristian Cadar will provide some examples of critical software bugs, explain how they come into existence and discuss some of the techniques available to detect them in large software systems.

Y10 & Y11 students: Tickets MUST be booked for school groups by an accompanying teacher. 

Y12 & Y13 students: Tickets can be booked for school groups, or by individual students (if permission has been sought from teachers and guardians).

For more information and to book tickets please visit our bookings page on Eventbrite.

CELL - An Introduction to microbiology

2 & 3 July 2019; timings vary
Imperial College London

Year 5 and 6 students - Registration open

A dance production and interactive workshop introducing microbiology to young people.

Inspired by life in the lab, the movement of cells and folding of DNA, CELL is a playful, exploration of microbiology.

Join us inside our inflatable world as it comes alive with movement that will make you marvel at your body’s power, quirks and hidden landscapes. Explore human cells through intricate choreography that will enthrall and astound you. Discover the life-giving world inside your body; a universe smaller than a grain of sand.

For more information and to register your interest please visit our Eventbrite page for 2 July or 3 July.

Y10 Chemistry Taster Days

3 July 2019; 9:30 - 17:15
Imperial College London

Year 10 students - Registration open

This day at Imperial College London introduces GCSE Chemists to what it is like to be an undergraduate in the Chemistry Department. Tickets to the event should be booked by an accompanying teacher for school groups of 10 students (or as close to this number as possible).

The day is designed to be fun and interactive whilst providing pupils with a real opportunity to experience Chemistry at Imperial College London.

For more information and to book tickets please visit our bookings page on Eventbrite.

Y12 Chemistry Taster Days

9 & 10 July 2019; 9:30 - 17:15
Imperial College London

Year 12 students - Registration open

This event is open to students who are currently studying Chemistry and are in Y12. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and there are a limited number of places available.
As this event is in school hours, please ensure you obtain permission from your teacher to attend.  

Tickets for Tuesday 9 July are fully booked. To join the waitlist please go to Eventbrite.

Tickets for Wednesday 10 July are available to book through Eventbrite.

Competitions, Activities & Resources

School Robot Competition

Deadline 9 June 2019
8- 14 Year olds - Open for entries

The School Robot Competition is a national competition and a joint project of the UK-Robotics & Autonomous System (UK-RAS) Network and Twinkl. This gender-balanced competition is open to all UK school children and students aged from 8 – 14. School children can enter by downloading and creating an account through the augmented reality app or the web platform.

Download the Twinkl Robotics app and enter your class before the 9th June to be in with a chance to win a range of unique prizes, from an all-expense paid trip to London to the latest iPad Pro/Apple Pencil, or the MiRo-E Robot for team entries.

Want to know more? Talk to Twinkl's schools team by phone on 0114 3494982 or via email at with the reference 'Robotics Competition'. You can also register for an email or phone call from our schools team explaining a bit more - click here!

Advancing Access Virtual Conference

Online Event; 12 June 2019; 15:30 - 18:00
Teachers and Careers Advisors - Bookings open

This isa free online event intended for teachers and careers advisers and will enable delegates to best support their students to progress to selective universities.
The event will feature four webinars and there will also be a virtual exhibition hall where delegates can chat in real time with representatives from all 24 Russell Group universities. There will be a programme of webinars delivered by staff members from the University of Cambridge, Durham University, the University of Exeter, the University of Nottingham and the University of York. For the first time this year there will also be featuring a webinar presented by teachers and advisers. All webinar presenters will be available to answer your questions.

More details and a link for registration can be found here on the Advancing Access website.

Stimulating Physics Network: KS3 and KS4 Electicity

Physics CPD day; 11 July 2019
Non-specialist physics teachers - Bookings open

This event is organised, run, and funded by the Stimulating Physics Network.

This FREE Physics CPD day will improve your knowledge and confidence in teaching Physics as a non-specialist teacher. It includes a range of practical strategies and demos’ which you can immediately take back to your classroom and share with your colleagues, based on the theme of electricity.

 For more information and to book please visit the Institute of Physics website.

What should future London look like?

Online game by the Lonson Sustainable Development Commission
Students aged 16 - 24 years old - Available online

London Sustainable Development Commission has released a game to capture young Londoner’s voices.

What do your students think of London? OurCity is a new online game where young Londoners aged 16-24 can share their views on issues that affect them. They can also compare their thoughts with other young Londoners too. The best bit is, these results will be go straight into a report to London’s decision-makers. So spread the word and give your students a say in London’s future.

Click here to play.

On it

Game to support period education
Students aged 16 - 24 years old - Available online

1 in 4 girls start their periods with no knowledge of what is happening to them. On It aims to destigmatise periods by encouraging everyone to talk about it openly. Developed by a group of Imperial students, On It is the only period education card game.
On It aims to do this by getting kids talking to each other in a friendly environment where they feel safe. With our network of experts, our cards will hold all the information needed to learn the period basics. We want to bust the myths surrounding periods. Making the youth more informed will help them make healthier decisions about their bodies.
If you're interested, we want to hear from you! We're looking for teachers and parents to help test and improve the card game. Got a card idea? Send us a sketch!  We’re constantly looking for like-minded people & businesses to collaborate to we'd love to hear your ideas.


Departmental outreach

National Heart and Lung Institute

Find more about the National Heart and Lung Institute's activities on their public engagement page.
Physics Department
Find out more about the Physics department's activities on their Outreach page.
Bioengineering Department
Find more about the department and their activities on their Facebook page.
Computing Department

Find more about the Computing department's activities on their Outreach page.

General resources

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