The Maker Challenge Programme is aimed at young people aged 14-18 who are local to White City.


Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Due to the changing situation with COVID-19 we have decided to cancel events with schools and school children until 30 May 2020. Since we won’t be carrying out face to face teaching we would not be able to guarantee having sufficient student mentors to supervise our face-to-face programmes. Our first priority is the well-being of our staff, students and visitors. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the programme manager / Imperial visitor if you have any questions or concerns and check the website for updated information.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop an idea and see it through to creation. With access to cutting edge technologies, they'll learn to use a range of making tools and techniques with the support of our staff and students.

They 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 participant projects for the parents, teachers and families to engage with.

The Maker Challenge runs throughout the year, with programmes during each school term and in the summer holidays.

Applications are now open for  the Maker Challenge Spring 2020 Term. See 'How do I apply?' below for more details. Application deadline: Sunday 15 December 2019.

Makerspace application

Where does The Maker Challenge programme take place?

Makerspace2All sessions are held in the Reach Out Makerspace at the Invention Rooms, very close to White City tube. Please visit directions and contacts for the full address and directions.

The Reach Out Makerspace is a dedicated space for young people, containing a variety of different 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.

Who runs the programme?

Makerspace teamThe Reach Out Makerspace has a dedicated team responsible for the running of the space and associated programmes.

They are part of the wider schools Outreach team at Imperial. The Makerspace team are your first point of contact for help and support if you have questions about the programme and during your time on the programme.

If you want to contact Kate and the team, please drop them a line via email: or phone: 0207 594 8169.

How do I apply?

We are recruiting participants for the Maker Challenge programme for the Spring 2020 term. Applications are now open. 

Programme dates are 11 January 2020 – 4 April 2020

Workshops take place every Tuesday or Thursday (excl half term) from 16:30 - 19:30 for 12 weeks.  There are also four Saturday sessions.  We are based at the Dangoor Reach Out Makerspace in White City.

Please select your chosen group when applying:
(A) Tuesdays
(B) Thursdays

Application Deadline:  Sunday 15 December 2019

Need help applying? Book your free place for our Application Support Sessions

  • You must be 14-18 years old to attend.
  • You must not have previously completed the Maker Challenge programme to be eligible.

Applications need to be made via Imperial's ASPIRE system. You will need to create a personal account prior to making an application, and we advise you to read through our FAQ's before starting your application. We also have a short user guide that may be useful. 

Please be aware that Aspire may not work properly on Internet Explorer, 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/guardian FAQ's.

If you have any questions, or are having problems with your application, please do contact the Makerspace team via email: and they will be able to help you. The Makerspace team can also provide a complete list of programme dates.