Imperial and the local community
We are committed to making a difference in the local community by working in partnership with local residents, businesses and organisations.
You may have already met us at one of our events in and around the White City Campus, where we have been working with local partner organisations to bring our research to life and share the wonder of science.
We invited a group of young people from the White City Youth Club to take on the challenge of building a drone from scratch and then racing it round an obstacle course. The final saw the winning team complete the course around the White City Adventure Playground in just 42 seconds, winning a £200 Red Letter Day voucher.
What the Tech?!
What the Tech?! is a weekly free drop-in session for elderly residents living in the Edward Woods Estate to get to grips with technology. Volunteers from Imperial’s Business School help residents to Skype, email and stay connected. This is run in partnership with the Edward Woods Community Centre and the Urban Partnership Group.
The Invention Rooms: opening this Autumn on Wood Lane
We are excited to be opening a new community innovation space called The Invention Rooms on Wood Lane, which will be a place for creativity, learning and innovation.
The Advanced Hackspace is a cutting edge workshop facility for Imperial students, staff and partners to develop new ideas and prototypes.
The Reach OutMakerspace is a workshop and design studio for young people from the local community to get hands-on experience of making and prototyping. There will be after-school programmes and equipment to make just about anything – from wearable technology to household gadgets.
We’ve started our first Maker Challenge programmes for students aged 14–18 from local schools. The sessions take place on evenings, weekends, and during school holidays. Working together in teams, you will have the chance to invent something new, develop your dream project and bring your creations to life. It’s all free. All you need to do is apply – the next programme starts in January, and applications will open in the autumn term.
Opening in spring 2018, the InteractionZone will be a warm and welcoming space for local events and activities, including science workshops, tech drop-in sessions and social events.
Find out more about what we are up to and opportunities to get involved.