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


Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Due to the challenges associated with the pandemic, we will continue to provide STEM support through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

Enrolment for our programmes this Autumn will continue as usual but there will be no face to face or on-campus visits until it is deemed safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants. 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.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some sessions will now be delivered remotely.

Applications are now open for the Maker Challenge Autumn 2020 Term. See 'How do I apply?' below for more details. Application deadline: Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Makerspace application

Where does The Maker Challenge programme take place?

Makerspace2Some sessions are delivered remotely and some 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 Autumn 2020 term. Applications are now open. 

Programme dates are w/c 5 October – w/c 14 December

The programme involves a weekly session over 11 weeks. The programme is split into 8 virtual workshops and 5 in-person sessions (current government guidelines on coronavirus permitting). All virtual workshops will be delivered remotely and mostly take place on Tuesdays from 16:30 – 18:00. In person sessions will be split into two groups, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and take place from 16:30 – 19:30 at the Dangoor Reach Out Makerspace in White City.

Programme dates
Virtual workshops:
Oct 6, 8, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10 and 12
In person workshops:
         Tuesdays: Nov 17, 24; Dec 1, 8, 15
OR   Thursdays: Nov 19, 26; Dec 3, 10, 17

You must attend both virtual and in person sessions. When applying, please select your chosen day for the in-person sessions:
(A) Tuesdays
(B) Thursdays

Application Deadline:  Wednesday 30 September, 23:59

Need help applying? Book a 1-1 support session with our team by contacting

  • You must be 14-18 years old to attend.
  • You must not have previously completed the Maker Challenge programme to be eligible.
  • Note that the first 8 sessions are delivered remotely mostly on Tuesdays. The final 5 sessions will be in person on Tuesdays or Thursdays (select your preferred day).

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.