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Case Study - Reach Out CPD

Imperial is supporting primary school teachers across the UK to inspire students about science through a continuing professional development resource. Launched in October 2014, Reach Out CPD is a web-based programme which provides teachers with resources and ideas to engage primary school children in the wonder of science.

Reach Out CPD, developed in partnership with science teaching resource Tigtag, features films of Imperial academics who shine a light on some of the latest advances in science and present imaginative ideas to bring science to life in the classroom. As a free programme, accessible online anywhere and at any time to all 200,000 primary teachers in the UK, it aims to remove the barriers of time and cost which are cited by teachers as challenges to improving their professional skills.

According to Professor Maggie Dallman, Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships), schools, like universities, should be places where curiosity is sparked and nurtured. She adds, “At Imperial we have long been committed to stimulating engagement with science across society. Through Reach Out CPD we hope to provide a resource that will support primary teachers to do their work – if we can help give children scientific skills so they ask the right questions of society and make the right connections to solve problems, we will be making a very long term impact.”

Inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and medics is a priority for Imperial. With your support, we can provide more exciting outreach activities and nurturing the natural curiosity of children and young people.

Imperial has an established reputation for delivering exciting outreach activities to school and college students. Our Wohl Reach Out Lab enables children to experience hands-on science in a fully-equipped modern laboratory. In-school activities bring the curriculum to life with fun and informative demonstrations. A programme of summer schools gives children with a passion for science the opportunity to develop their interest. In 2015–16 we reached over 6,000 children and young people – but we want to do more.

Many people have a lifelong interest in science and technology, and Imperial is finding new ways to share our research with new audiences. Our Imperial Festival attracts over 15,000 people, with a year-round programme of “fringe style” events exploring the lighter side of science. Your support enables us to develop this programme further, and to offer more events, like the lecture by Stephen Hawking in autumn 2016.

With your help, Imperial will continue to lead the way in science-based outreach, inspiring the next generation, ensuring that tomorrow’s scientific leaders have the chance to realise their potential, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Children in Outreach lab

Outreach programmes change lives

In 2015-16, gifts from our generous donors helped Imperial to reach thousands of pupils through visits, mentoring, summer schools and demonstrations. If Imperial is to reach more students, we need your support. Key priorities include taking science out to schools – especially those in disadvantaged areas – and to the wider public, and encouraging more girls into STEM-based careers.

You can bring science to the wider world

By supporting the Outreach Fund, you help children throughout the country engage with science:

  • At the Wohl Reach Out Lab, where children can take part in inspirational hands-on, science-based activities
  • Through summer schools, mentoring programmes, schools visits and open days

At The Invention Rooms, a major new initiative at our White City Campus that aims to develop the skills and confidence of young people in disadvantaged communities.

Please make a gift today and help us to share the wonder of what we do in a way that arouses curiosity, and inspires the brightest students of the future.

Together, 68 donors generously gave £14,255 to the Outreach Fund last financial year. Thank you.