What does the Schools Challenge Programme involve?

The Schools Challenge is an exciting new programme run by Imperial College London in collaboration with J. P. Morgan. The programme is aimed at helping Y9 students so that they can make informed choices on educational subject options during a crucial time in their lives and for them to make a successful transition from education to employment.

The programme further aims to inspire students to think about jobs and careers using science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

The Schools Challenge Programme is an exciting and hands-on programme where student work in teams to develop a solution to a real-world challenge based around Smart Cities. They will be given time in the Maker Space, supported by Imperial mentors, to design and make a prototype. They will also receive support from J. P. Morgan mentors to help create a business plan and pitch. The programme will culminate in a presentation event, where students will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a prestigious panel of judges. 

In the academic year 2017/18 144 students from nine different schools will take part. The programme will take place from late September to mid-December, and will include 4 half days, 2 full days, 2 after school sessions, and 1 evening session.

How do I apply?

We are fully recruited for this year's challenge. If you would like your school to take part next year we are looking to work with schools in London, particularly in the White City and Wood Lane area, where the new Reach Out Makerspace is based. We will be opening applications from January 2018. If you are interested in getting involved with the Schools Challenge next year and are a London school meeting our criteria, please contact from January 2018.