ISSUE: 2019 – April
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Welcome to the latest edition of the Outreach newsletter.

In this months newsletter we have information on schools lectures on chemistry with electrons and the periodic table, details of our Maker Challenge Summer Intensive Programme and one-off events - including Be Inspired on 16 April (for young women of African & Caribbean descent) and Reach Society's Career Conference on 9 April.

For those students who applied to one of our Summer Schools - applications are currently being reviewed and we expect decisions to be shared with applicants on 30 April.

Best wishes,
Outreach Team

Programmes for schools

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.

Table Talk: A lecture celebrating the periodic table by Dr Peter Wothers

10 April 2019; 12:30 - 13:30
Great Hall, Imperial College London

Ages 8+ - Registration open

Dr Wothers celebrates the International Year of the Periodic Table in a demonstration lecture that explores how the iconic arrangement came about, what it means and how it works. From its earliest beginnings, he explains why several different arrangements all appeared around the same time 150 years ago, and investigates how atomic structure gives rise to the diverse range of chemical properties from metals which explode in water, to elements which enable things to burn. Incorporating some exciting new demonstrations, and with help from the audience we'll find out why our saucepans should be out of diamond, and where to find bags of separate atoms.

Tickets are FREE and can be booked on Eventbrite.

Be Inspired

16 April 2019; 09:30
Imperial College London

Y10 - Y13 students - Registration now

Imperial outreach have collaborated with Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network (WCAN) to hold a full day event for young women of African & Caribbean descent wanting to know more about studying and pursuing a career in STEM. 

For more details on the event, or to register please visit:

If you have any questions about the event please email WCAN.

Newlands Lecture 2019

“Doing chemistry with electrons”
by Professor Philip N Bartlett

26 April 2019; 16:30-18:30
Imperial College London

Y10 - Y13 students - booking now

This 2019 lecture in the Newlands lecture series at Imperial College London will be delivered by Professor Philip N Bartlett who is a Professor of Electrochemistry within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.

This lecture is recommended for students Year 10-13 and their teachers and parents. The lecture will be preceded by an optional campus tour and / or Chemistry demonstrations. More information will be made available a few weeks prior to the lecture.

Please note, you can book a maximum of 30 tickets. Please see eventbrite to book.

Primary Lab days

June 2019
Wohl Reach Out Lab, Imperial College London

Y5 & Y6

We are offering state primary schools the opportunity to bring a group of up to 30 students to our South Kensington campus, to spend the day in our dedicated schools laboratory. The students will received a day of hands on, practical science activities. Dates available include:

  • 5 June
  • 6 June
  • 14 June
Schools can register their interest in a primary lab day by emailing the outreach team. Successful groups will be contacted. 

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.


Upcoming events

Reach Society's 8th Careers Conference

9 April 2019; 10:00 - 16:00
Royal National Hotel, London

Students aged 13 years + - Registration open

The Reach Society is holding their latest careers conference in London on 9 April. This is an opportunity for young people, aged 13 plus, to be inspired by professionals in the Black community and dozens of employers. The event will aims to inspire students (school age, undergraduate and graduate) and enable them to network and connect with others. 

Tickets are FREE. Advanced registration is required - please email 

All under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  For more information see the Reach Society website.

Physics Project Open Day for GCSE Students

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

Year 10 and 11 students - Registration not yet 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 see eventbrite.

Physics Project Open Day for A Level Students

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

Year 12 students - Registration not yet 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 see eventbrite.

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

Visiting Imperial

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