Year 7 Powering Transformation Workshop - Imperial College London

ICL Visit Year 7

Year 7 Powering Transformation Workshop at Imperial College London

Pupils from Year 7 arrived at Imperial College London after walking through the very impressive streets of South Kensington to be greeted by a group of Imperial College London (ICL) student ambassadors studying a range of subjects from Medicine to Aeronautical Engineering and Maths. We entered the Wohl Reach Out Laboratory where we were joined by staff from the Transformation Trust and industry volunteers from Dell who were to lead the workshop.

ICL Visit Year 7

Left to right: Aya El Hafedi Agzennai-Bakhouch, Sara Massouf & Francesca Martin

The pupils spent the morning in small groups discussing the impact technology has had on our lives and the social issues that our communities face today before being taken on a tour of the university by the student ambassadors. Some of the many fun facts the pupils learnt on the tour were that the New Zealand rugby team used the world class sports facilities at the University during the 2012 Olympics and that the huge image of a brain scan in the foyer is of one of the current professors!

ICL Visit Year 7

Left to right: Sophie Rooney, Eliza Michel-Finch, Zoe Durman, Tyan Reid, Emily Harper, Abigail Yana, Noah Haywood & Francesca Martin

After lunch our pupils were back in the lab using the Dell technology to create their own technological solutions to the social issues discussed in the morning – they even got to try out a prototype virtual reality headset one of the PHD students was developing! The pupils then presented their inventions to the whole group with some amazing ideas ranging from vibrating knife detectors to reduce crime.

Our winning team invented a health device disguised as jewellery which tracks and gives advice based on your physiological data to reduce the strain on the NHS! The pupils had a fantastic day, were really engaged throughout and had a little taster of future career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths!

ICL Visit Year 7

Left to right: Jake Serne, Emily Harper & Dante Swaby

ICL Visit Year 7

Left to right: Neo Epps and winning group: Shareef Henry, Claudia Segundo Alvarado, & Phoebe Davies

 

The Year 7s eally enjoyed the trip and we want to thank them for representing the school so beautifully. Imperial College London have been in touch to say how impressed they were with these pupils, saying, "The students were extremely well behaved, and very polite, even while maintaining high energy and enthusiasm for the workshop. Their final designs, ideas and presentations made the students stand out beyond their years, and were without fail thoughtful, insightful and engaging; the pupils were a real credit to the school."