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Working with secondary schools and colleges

From bio-robotics to poetry we celebrate the diversity of research across UCL through a range of hands-on workshops and learning opportunities.

We aim to support and enhance learning, helping young people broaden their experience and skills, as well as helping them find their way to university if that’s the path they choose.

Here you’ll find details of programmes the UCL East Schools Engagement team manage and run, and links to UCL departments who offer activities to east London schools.

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How to get involved


Arts

Supported by students and staff from The Slade School of Fine Art and UCL Art Museum, we explore ideas and techniques that inspire students in their own creative work.

Printmaking

Duration: 2 days

Overview:

Introduction to the art of drypoint etching giving practical printmaking skills.

Students will make drawings from original prints to learn about technique, symbolism and composition. They will meet UCL students who will talk to them about studying Art, before practicing the printing technique themselves.

Structure:

Day 1 - Visit UCL Art Museum to draw from prints, visit to Slade Print Studio to understand the technique

Day 2 - Artist led hands-on workshop in your school/ college.

Key Info:

Key Stage 4-5

18 students maximum

Free for state schools in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest.

Register your interest for Printmaking

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Humanities

UCL museums and collections are home to ancient artefacts, specimens and rare documents. We regularly use them to inspire work in humanities subjects, creating a link between the past and present.

UCL Special Collections

Overview:

UCL Special Collections has a dedicated schools and outreach programme, run by the Head of Outreach Vicky Price. They use their unique collection to create meaningful experiences and free resources aimed at enriching pupils’ learning and inspiring teachers.

Key Info:

Usually one-off sessions in person or a series of shorter sessions delivered online.

Key stages 2-5 and A2 English language

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Sciences

Those taking part in our programmes have access to the specialist knowledge of UCL students, and hands-on learning opportunities using exciting new technologies.

Bio-robotics and Animal Movement 

Overview

Our bio-inspired robotics project explores the links between robots, computer programming and animal movement, specifically that of snakes and caterpillars.

Over millions of years creatures have adapted to their environments and evolved unique specialisations. Today’s scientists and engineers are drawing inspiration from the animal kingdom in creating the next generation of robots to help us to solve some of the biggest challenges facing humankind.

Structure

The project runs over a term to include:

  • A twilight CPD session for teachers
  • An Animal Locomotion schools’ workshop in the Grant Museum of Zoology
  • A tour of our world-class university led by our students
  • Loan of a bioinspired robotics kit to your school with technical support from our students

Register your interest for Bio-robotics and Animal Movement

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UCL Engineering

Overview

Led by the UCL Engineering faculty these sessions support the school curriculum. Undergraduate and postgraduate students provide on-going academic support to pupils in schools via one-to-one or small group tutoring, helping students to build confidence, skills and subject understanding.

Structure

Weekly one-to-one tutoring in primary and secondary schools.

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GeoBus

Overview

A free outreach programme run by UCL Earth Sciences department that brings hands-on virtual sessions to school students.

The range of workshops complement the curriculum covering subjects such as Earthquakes, Space, Fossils and Careers in Earth Sciences, and give a great insight into the breadth of Earth science as a subject.

Current real-time interactive virtual workshops have a demonstrator live on screen accompanied by activity kits that are posted to the school ahead of time.

If you would like to browse the workshops, view availability or book, visit the GeoBus website, or you can email directly.

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Extracurricular

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Saturday club

Something for your diary: We will be starting two new Saturday clubs at UCL East from September 2022. We are working with the National Saturday Club to bring these year-long programmes in Art, Film and Media to 60 young people from the local area.

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After school clubs

Find out about weekly after school sessions full of hands-on opportunities to use UCL Library’s Special Collections’ materials as inspiration for printmaking, illustrating and exploring London’s history.

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East Summer schools

East Summer School 2021 included nine activities from UCL, ranging from collage and illustration workshops and writing poetry based on museum objects to working with the UCL Ventura engineers and making a documentary in a day. We can't wait for next year!