Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


EAST Summer School 2021: Registration opens, and programme of activities announced

7 July 2021

The free EAST Summer School is back for in-person delivery this summer, from 26 July to 6 August. Registration is now open for young people aged 12–17, who live in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest.

East Summer School 2021

The face-to-face sessions range from one-off one-day workshops to week-long courses, designed to engage and support young people with an interest in creative, tech and design industries. 

This year’s summer school will be the largest since it began in 2018 and will be taking place in-person at venues around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

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Celine West, Head of UCL East Schools Engagement, says: “We’re delighted to offer lots of activities to local young people across art, science and technology subjects. This mix reflects the dynamic approaches to learning that UCL East embodies, and we hope people will have fun while they’re with us.” 

UCL East, alongside UCL Institute of Making, UCL Connected Environments Lab, UCL Special Collections, Slade School of Fine Art, City Mill Skate, UCL Engineering, Institute of Healthcare Engineering and UCL Ethnography, are hosting a range of workshops, as are our other world-leading East Bank partners - UAL, Sadler’s Wells, BBC and V&A. 

The activities UCL are leading include: 

Building environmental sensory devices and design your own AR  

Partner: UCL Connected Environments Lab 
Age: 12-14

Discover how to build a simple soil sensor prototype to make sure your plants are getting the right amount of light and water and design an AR (augmented reality) marker using mosaic tiles. In this hands-on creative tech space, you will learn how to make your marker come to life by making it interactive, pull in data from the sensors, and access it via a smartphone.  


Coding AI Robot Heads 

Partner: UCL Institute of Making 
Age: 12-14

Spend the day learning how to bring to life an Ohbot or Picoh robot head! We will be using Scratch, an easy-to-use programming language. You will start by coding simple movement, behaviour and speech, and then progress to writing virtual assistant and AI (Artificial Intelligence) programmes. 


Collage into Mixed Media

Partner: UCL East and Slade School of Fine Art 
Age: 12-14

Experiment with collage as a way of thinking and learn new techniques with Rebecca Loweth to create a portrait collage! You will use mixed media (paint, drawing, 3D etc.) to explore the varied techniques of collage and challenge the boundaries of the medium. 


Documentary in a Day

Partner: UCL East
Age: 12-14

In this storytelling workshop we will make a short documentary together, inspired by the theme of change with documentary filmmaker Kate Stonehill. You will become a videographer, shooting footage for our film on your phones and taking your social media skills to the next level.


Engineering Solutions for Covid-19

Partner: UCL Engineering and Institute of Healthcare Engineering
Age: 15-17

The challenge: every country is different with different medical systems and pathways of care, supply chains, regulations, economics and stakeholders. The team need your help to figure out how this challenge might affect the use and uptake of COVID-19 breathing devices and what the next step of the project could be.  



Partner: UCL Library's Special Collections
Age: 12-14

Ever wondered what artists and illustrators have to do with scientific and historical research? Do you love drawing and want to develop your skills further? Join us to discover how illustrations have been (and still are!) essential to the way we make sense of the world around us.    



Partner: UCL East and Slade School of Fine Art
Age: 12-14 and 15-17

Two young artists, and graduates from Slade School of Fine Art, Taylor Smith and Isobel Napier, will teach you how to make prints using Dry Point etching and Chine Collé. At the end you will have etched your own designs onto plastic plates which you’ll be able to take home! 


Skateboarding lessons, skate dot making and media workshops with City Mill Skate *This course is full already and does not accept any more participants*

Partner: UCL East
Age: 12-14 

During this week-long course you will learn how to skateboard, how to design skate parks, and how to shoot action photos and film! 


Young Curators

Partner: UCL Ethnography Collection 
Age: 15-17

Join this one-day workshop and discover objects from the UCL Ethnography Collection. You will be invited to learn how to handle special objects and understand the significance of objects in cultures and history. You will have the chance to write a creative piece about the object that inspires you most and learn more about how to approach objects in a decolonised way. 


Our constructors on UCL East Marshgate, Mace, will also deliver a three-day course to inspire young people to choose a career in construction and inform them of the varied roles within the built environment:

Constructing your success, with MACE

Partner: Mace Group
Age: 15-17

The aim of this course is to experience what it is like to take on different professional roles - from project managers and designers to sustainability managers, and the opportunity to experience the industry from the inside. The range of activities includes a site visit where you will get to see behind the scenes of how a live construction project is managed, but also virtual reality to see the future of construction as well as designing your own building and presenting this to a panel of judges. 


Watch this short promo film:

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