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Young people can spend the summer inventing at Imperial College

Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Nikola Tesla or Leonardo da Vinci of this world?

Then come down to the free Imperial College London’s Summer Maker Challenge Programme at the Invention Rooms in White City. Courses will run from 23 July to 17 August.

The two-week full-time programme in Wood Lane will give local young people aged 14-18 the opportunity to develop their ideas and see it all the way through to creation at the community driven innovation space. They will have access to a variety of different tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, scanners, traditional woodworking machinery, hand tools and craft materials.

“Come and take this fantastic opportunity to learn some new skills and maybe find the career path you didn’t realise was there for you,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.

Industrial Strategy

The free programme forms part of the council’s Industrial Strategy in partnership with Imperial College London to give residents, whatever their background, the opportunity to work in bio-tech, digital and creative industries.

“We want to give the young people of H&F the opportunity to be the next generation of innovators by giving them the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.”

Sign up

The first Summer Maker Challenge Programme course runs from Monday 23 July to Friday 3 August from 10am to 4pm each day.

If you can’t make those days, don’t worry. The course will run again from Monday 6 August to Friday 17 August.

If you would like any help submitting an application, please email Jason on

Past winners

Maddena Hadafmand won the first prize for her nightlight invention at the last Maker Challenge Programme in March.

The Phoenix Academy student designed the Lumi Lamp -  a nightlight which switches off once a person has gone into deep sleep by monitoring breathing and movement.

Hanaa Daoudi of Westminster Academy came second for Luxon, an intricate LED lantern, while Muhammad Abdul Kabeer of Phoenix Academy finished in third spot for creating a bag which charges portable devices.

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