ISSUE: 2018 – March
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Imperial CodeLab inspire White City pupils

Imperial CodeLab introduces local young people to interactive and hands-on coding projects to inspire the next generation of innovators in White City.
Hosted at The Invention Rooms at Imperial’s White City Campus, Imperial CodeLab is an after school club targeted at young people living in White City, with places prioritised for young people who are the first in their family to attend University. Read full article.
Bright ideas

Some of Imperial’s most exciting new startups are gearing up for the final of the College’s flagship competition for budding entrepreneurs.
The Venture Catalyst Challenge (VCC), which is powered by digital venture builder Blenheim Chalcot, supports deep science and early-stage tech startups founded by Imperial students.
Over the past six weeks, participants have had access to workshops, professional business coaching, and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with industry leaders. Read the full article.
Early puberty linked with increased risk of obesity for women

Girls who start puberty earlier are more likely to be overweight as adults, finds new research from Imperial College London.
The researchers say their findings, published today in the International Journal of Obesity, strengthen existing evidence of a link between the onset of puberty and a woman’s body mass in adulthood. Read the full article.

Imperial professors pay tribute to Stephen Hawkings

Imperial academics have paid tribute to world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking who has died at the age of 76.
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said.
The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.  Read the full article.


Upcoming events

The Maker Challenge Finale - 27 March 2018; 7pm-9pm

The local community is invited to the finale of The Maker Challenge outreach programme at our White City Imperial College London campus. Showcasing local school students’ innovative ideas and technical creations.
Our previous two winners, from the first cohort, have been working with the Enterprise team at Imperial and will be presenting their ideas at the WE Innovate final, where five female students will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. The event will take place at The Inventions Room, 68 Wood Lane, W12 7TA.
Ethics Day event - Friday 13 April 2018

This exciting full day event is for students who are currently in Years 12 and 13 and have an interest in ethics in STEM subjects.  Imperial College London is working with Understanding Animal Research to deliver interactive workshops exploring ethical issues such as stem cell research and animal research.
The day will start with a keynote talk on different models of ethics including utilitarianism, virtue and deontology and how you can apply these to different scenarios.  This will be followed by interactive workshops.

The event is free and on a first come first serve basis.

Please use our online booking form to book a place.  We are now operating a waiting list.

Applications open for new Maker Challenge cohort

Applications are open for the next cohort of The Maker Challenge programme, which will start in April. We are asking local schools to spread the word and let their students, aged 14 to 18 years, know about this exciting opportunity.  Young people with an interest in technology and seeing their ideas come to life are all welcome to apply.
For more information please visit The Maker Challenge website.  

Year 12 Chemistry Taster Days

This full day at Imperial College London introduces A-Level Chemists to what it is like to be an undergraduate in the Chemistry Department. Booking is open to any student currently in year 12 studying at a non-selective state school (Wednesday 13 June).  On Thursday 14 June, the same event will be open to year 12 students from any schools.

To book Wednesday 13 June 2018 - students from state schools only, please complete application form.

To book Thursday 14 June 2018 - open to all schools, please complete the application form.

Please note, all places booked are provisional pending approval from a teacher. 
Demo Lecture: The fascinating world of molecules - Year 9 and 10
17 May 2018; 11am-12pm

In this fascinating lecture, Professor Ramon Vilar, will take you on a trip through the Periodic Table and illustrate how scientists study molecules that Nature has produced over millions of years as well as how new molecules are made.
The event is free to schools and teachers can book a maximum of 50 places (including accompanying adults).  For more information and to book a group please visit Eventbrite and complete our online booking form.

Newlands Lecture: 'Functional Coatings'
25 April 2018; 4.30pm

In this free lecture, Professor Ivan Parkin looks at the formation of self cleaning surfaces, focusing on superhydrophobic surfaces to shows how they can be made and used in a wide range of applications. The lecture involves a number of demonstrations including a superhydrophobic race track.
This talk is aimed at Year 10 to 13 students, their teachers and parents. To register please visit our events page.

We are now operating a waiting list.

Programmes for schools

Free online training course for primary teachers

The Royal Society of Biology is offering 33 state-funded primary schools in London the chance to gain free access to Gopher Science Lab online training course, with thanks to generous funding from The Worshipful Company of Horners. Primary teachers will be able to access the training course, designed to support CPD, as well as download online resources for two years.
Please visit the Royal Society of Biology website for more information on how to apply.  Deadline is Monday 30th April 2018.


Outreach Research into applying to Medicine

As part of our commitment to widening participation, the Outreach team at Imperial have invested in research to look at the process and challenges of applying to UK Medical Schools.  We are offering Year 11-13 students the opportunity to feed into the project by completing a short questionnaire about the HE application process.
Please share the questionnaire with students that have shown interest in/study subjects that would lead to medicine (even if they have decided against this career path). On completion, there wiil be the opportunity to enter into a prize draw. If you have any questions please contact Amandip Bisel.

Physics Department Outreach events

A level Project Open Day - 21 June
Are you interested in finding out what it would be like to study Physics as a degree? This open day is for year 12 students currently studying Physics and thinking about their next step into higher education. 

GCSE Project Open Day - 22 June
This event is aimed at GCSE students who plan to take physics at A Level. The day will consist of short talks and tips on how to apply for physics at university.
Registration for both events will open in April 2018. For more detail visit Department of Physics Outreach.

School Visits Programme

Jane Marshall, Imperial's Outreach School Visits Programme Manager, is offering entertaining and informative talks to sixth formers in state schools across London and the South East. 
Topics covered are the benefits of a degree; choosing your course at university; writing an excellent Personal Statement and how to perform well at interview. Jane also offers mock interviews for Year 13 students. Schools can  book for summer and autumn 2018 and beyond. Please email 
Jane Marshall.

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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