The Maker Challenge
A programme for young people local to White City, offering you opportunity to develop an idea and see it through to creation.
Please note that our programmes are now running in-person where possible, but some activities may take place on our dedicated online platform. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants. Where programmes and events take place at an Imperial campus, participants, staff and students are encouraged to wear face-coverings indoors, especially in enclosed or crowded places, unless exempt.
Our programme coordinators will provide full information about the location and delivery method of our programmes to those enrolled.
Enrolment for our upcoming programmes will continue as usual and further details can be found below.
At a glance
- 30 April - 16 July 2022
- Non-residential (takes place at the Dangoor Reach Out Makerspace)
- For young people local to or near White City
- Applications are now open
About the Maker Challenge
This programme gives you the chance to develop an idea and see it through to creation. With access to cutting edge technologies, you will learn to use a range of making tools and techniques with the support of our staff and students.
You will gain a range of skills from practical, hands-on use of equipment to a myriad of soft skills including product development, team-building, presenting and communicating. At the end of the programme there will also be a showcase of the projects for your parents, teachers and families to see.
What to expect
The Maker Challenge runs throughout the year with programmes during each school term and the summer holidays. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, sessions will be delivered at the Makerspace at reduced capacity and with social distancing precautions.
The Dangoor Reach Out Makerspace is a dedicated space for young people, containing tools such as 3D printers, laser cutter, scanners, traditional woodworking machinery, hand tools and craft materials. There is a workshop space and design studio, staffed by our dedicated Makerspace team.
To attend this programme, you must:
- Be 14-18 years old
- Live in London (applicants local to White City prioritised)
- Be available to attend all sessions, as listed in the 'How to apply' section
You must not have previously completed the Maker Challenge programme to be eligible.
How to apply
Applications for the Maker Challenge programme are now open.
The programme dates are 30 April - 16 July.
The programme involves three Saturday workshops and a weekly evening workshop over 12 weeks. Workshops take place at the Dangoor Reach Out Makerspace in White City on Tuesdays OR Thursdays and some Saturdays. Workshops on Saturdays are 10am-4pm and workshops on Tues/Thurs are from 5.30pm-7pm. There is an additional Saturday date for the finale showcase.
Please select your chosen day when applying online: Group A (Tuesdays) or Group B (Thursdays).
Group A (Tuesdays):
May 1, 3, 10, 17, 21, 24
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12
Finale showcase on Sat 16 July
Group B (Thursdays):
May 1, 5, 12, 19, 21, 26
June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14
Finale showcase on Sat 16 July
Application deadline: Sunday 24 April 2022
Please note these dates are subject to sudden change in response to ongoing covid restrictions. We may switch to online programming to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Should we switch to online programming, sessions will take place on Tuesdays and some Thursdays at 17:30-19:00.
You will need to create a personal account prior to making an application.
Please be aware that Aspire may not work properly on Internet Explorer, so we advise you to use Google Chrome when applying.
Please do inform your parent/guardian of your interest in the programme before making an application. They may wish to read our Parent and Guardian FAQS.
If you have any questions, or are having problems with your application, please do contact the Makerspace team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be able to help you.
Making your application
You will need to know:
- whether you are eligible for free school meals
- your household income
- whether your parents/guardians have attended university
- your parent/guardian contact details (email, address, phone number); and
Please do inform your parent/guardian of your interest in the programme before making an application. They may wish to read our parent/guardian FAQs.
If you have any questions, or are having problems with your application, please do contact the Makerspace team by email at email@example.com and they will be able to help you.
In your application, we may ask you to submit a personal statement but do not worry - we do not use this to choose applicants. We are just curious about what you already make or would like to make. It helps us plan and make sure we have the correct materials and tools ready for you in the Makerspace.
You can write up to 250 words, but how much you write is entirely up to you.
You could include:
- Why you want to join
- If there is anything you particularly enjoy making
- Any relevant hobbies you enjoy
- How the programme may help you in the future
- Something interesting about yourself that you would like to share
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Have a question or problem? Please see our Outreach Programme FAQs.
If you are still unsure, please contact our dedicated Makerspace team. They are responsible for the running of the space and associated programmes.
Phone: +44 (0)751 755 1996