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 be aware that due to COVID-19, all our programmes and summer schools 2021 are currently running through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants.
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At a glance
- Non-residential (sessions are online)
- For young people local to White City
- Applications are now open for the Easter 2021 term
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 now be delivered remotely online.
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 or near White City, London
- Be available to attend the first eight sessions remotely, mostly on Tuesday evenings. The final five sessions will take place remotely on Tuesday or Thursday evenings (you can select your preferred day when you apply
You must not have previously completed the Maker Challenge programme to be eligible.
How to apply
Applications are now open for the Easter 2021 term. Applications close 18 April 2021 at 23:59.
The programme dates are 26 April to 29 June 2021.
The programme involves weekly sessions over 11 weeks. The includes 13 virtual workshops, which will be delivered remotely from 17:30-19:00 on Tuesdays and some Thursdays.
- April 26, 27, 29
- May 4, 11, 13, 18, 25
- June 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 29
- Finale Showcase on 22 July
You must be 14-18 years old to attend. Need help applying? Book a 1-1 support session with our team by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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