ISSUE: 2018 – August
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Welcome to the August edition of the Imperial College Outreach Newsletter!

The weather may have taken on a slightly milder tone recently but hopefully you are all still enjoying your summer break. In this month's edition we have some inspiring news stories; including Imperial's recent hosting of the Amos Bursary, and an alumna donation that will enable the creation of a world-leading center for children's health and wellbeing. As well as information about different Outreach schemes you can apply for now for in order to get valuable support for STEM teaching in your school.

We always aim to engage with as many schools and students as possible in order to inspire students about STEM and Medicine and its always nice to get your comments and maintain a strong network - so don't forget to follow, retweet, comment and like us on twitter!

N.B. Newsletters will begin to be sent towards the beginning of the month from September 2018.

News from Imperial

Two Amos Bursary students
Imperial welcomes Amos changemakers
On 13 July Imperial hosted the Amos Bursary, a group set up to address the under representation of young black men in education and the workplace. 

The Bursary offers young black men the skills to progress in their chosen career or field of study. It was established in 2009 in memory of Mike and Dolly Amos, parents of Baroness Amos of Brondesbury, former Cabinet Minister and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief at the United Nations. She is currently the Director of SOAS, London University.
£25m gift will transform children's health in White City and beyond
Imperial will establish a world-leading centre for children’s health and wellbeing in White City thanks to a £25m gift from alumna Marit Mohn.

The donation will create the Mohn Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing at Imperial’s School of Public Health in White City, a new state-of-the art hub for health and wellbeing research, education and community engagement. The Centre is founded on the premise that all children deserve the best chances in life. By preventing chronic disease and infection in the early years of life, Imperial can ensure that future generations have every opportunity to thrive and succeed.

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Magnificent Maker Challenges

Summer Maker Challenge Intensive
The first cohort of our Summer Maker Challenge intensive took place between 23rd July and 3rd August with up to 20 students local to the White City area and beyond taking part. We are currently mid-way through our second group which ends on the 16th August. The two groups will then come together for our Finale on the 17th August where they will display their project ideas that they have worked on during our program to the public.
Graduate Maker Challenge
On the 8th August we held our monthly Graduate Maker Challenge. This is a 3 hour session for students who have completed the Maker Challenge before. The graduates can come into the Maker Space to make their own personal projects, using their choice of equipment and materials.

For school groups interested in visiting the Makerspace to take part in a Maker Challenge see the Proto Maker Challege section in 'Programmes for schools' below.

Upcoming events

British Science Festival, Hull & Humber
11-14 September 2018

The British Science Festival, Europe’s longest standing science Festival, will be held in Hull & the Humber this September.

Featuring a diverse programme of over a hundred talks, debates, performances and activities, it will be held between 11-14 September with events happening across Hull University campus and the city.

Visit the festival website to see the full programme and book your tickets.

Undergraduate Open Days

Our Undergraduate Open Days are a great way to find out more about studying at Imperial and to explore our South Kensington Campus in the heart of London's museum district.

Our next Undergraduate Open Days is on Saturday 15 September 2018. 

You can now book onto departmental sessions
The Importance of Diversity in STEM,
18 September 2018; 2-3pm

Imperial College London has this year become a member of the Race Equality Charter and will be applying for a charter mark as part of our commitment to equality and diversity. As we begin this work we want to give greater prominence to the issues faced by black and minority ethnic students and staff at the university and we are delighted to host Chi Onwurah MP.

Chi is the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation. Find out more an book tickets via Eventbrite.
Annual Stimulating Physics East Midlands Network Day Conference
29 September 2018; 9:30am - 3:20pm

The conference features a keynote lecture ‘Bees and Physics’ by Dr Martin Bencsik of Nottingham Trent University. You also have the opportunity to choose from a busy programme of workshops. These will be run by IOP Physics Network Coordinators, SPN Teaching and Learning Coaches and other experienced presenters.

All teachers of physics are welcome. More information available on the TalkPhysics website.

Programmes for schools

Applications for Pimlico Connection Programme now open.
State primary and secondary schools that are within a 30 minute commute from South Kensington can have request to have trained Imperial students placed with them as regular tutors.  Tutors visit schools once per week (preferably on Wednesday afternoon) between November and March to work with students on STEM subjects. Pimlico Connection tutors are all volunteers and there is no charge to schools.
If you would like to have tutors placed at your school please complete our online application form to provide details of the subjects you require and what age group tutors will work with.  The deadline for applications is 10 October 2018.
For further information email
Placement Schools for INSPIRE PGCE students
The INSPIRE PGCE (11-18) trains science and maths teachers and is designed to bridge the gap between STEM research and school science and mathematics by recruiting able researchers who are good communicators.
We have a few opportunities remaining for schools to host our INSPIRE students for a teacher training placement from September 2018.  The placement commences on September 17th and ends before Christmas. There may also be opportunities to host students from January 2019.
If you work at a state secondary school within London and have the potential to host a PGCE Chemistry, Maths or Physics with Maths student on a 11-18 PGCE programme from September 2018 then please email We are particularly looking for schools in South and central London.
iGEM Event - Y12 & Y13
26 September 2018
Synthetic biology is a new up and coming branch of natural sciences. In this field, scientists and researchers use knowledge about fundamental biology and principles of engineering to address real-world problems. From renewable materials and biofuels, to biosensors and engineering yeast to make drugs; the potential of natural world is endless!  

The event, run by the students of  the Imperial iGEM team, will introduce you to the field of synthetic biology and how schools can get involved in the iGEM competition. 

This event is open to school groups only. Book now.
Creative Quarter 2018
23 November 2018
Creative Quarter is a free event for 13 - 19 year olds. Run in partnership with other South Kensington partners, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Royal Albert Hall, this fun and interactive day aims to give an insight into various creative industries and careers.
Visit our event page to find out more and book sessions at Imperial - including the inflatable planetarium and our hands on volcano workshops.

Proto Maker Challenge

At the end of July Outreach facilitated the Proto Maker Challenge for Year 8 students from two schools in the White City area. The students had a chance to learn a diverse range of skills which they were then able to use to developed some fantastic projects. 

The Proto-Maker Challenge programme is fully funded programme for students aged 11-14. The programme works with secondary schools local to White City and involves three full days of making in the Reach Out Makerspace and two after school mentoring sessions. 

If you are a teacher and would like your school to get involved email us:

Maker Challenge - Autumn 2018
We are now open for applications to our next Maker Challenge program in September. The Maker Challenge is now in it’s 6th Cohort. The programme involves hands-on learning with introductions and access to wood work, electronics, 3D Printing, laser cutting, CAD, Arduinos and more. The sessions take place once a week after school (16.30-19.30) and are open to students aged 14-18. It’s free to join too.
You can find out more information and apply on our Imperial maker challenge website.

If you have any other queries please email the Makerspace team.

School Visits Programme

Jane Marshall, Imperial's Outreach School Visits Programme Manager, offers entertaining and informative talks to sixth formers in state schools across London and the South East. 

Topics covered include the benefits of a degree, choosing your course and university and an insight into uni life, writing an excellent Personal Statement and preparing for university interviews.

Jane also offers mock interviews for Year 13 students. Schools can book for  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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