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CUED outreach programme

CUED outreach programme

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About the programme

The CUED outreach programme aims to introduce school children to the fun and excitement of engineering within a university research environment. Teams of student volunteers are given the chance to make engineering more accessible through activities such as public lectures, summer schools for A-level students and workshops aimed at primary school children. Last year, almost 3,000 young people and parents participated in one of our outreach events.

Typically, volunteers help small groups of young people in a 'design, build and test' activity, e.g. building a rocket launch pad. There is no set time commitment for volunteers; you can volunteer for as many or as few activities as fits in with your other interests and studies.

Reasons to volunteer

Over 130 current undergraduates are registered as outreach volunteers. Students get involved:

  • to share their enthusiasm for engineering and science;
  • to act as a role model for the next generation of engineers and scientists;
  • to help to dispel the popular image of scientists and engineers;
  • to give something back to the local community;
  • and because participation is rewarding, worthwhile and fun!

‘A brilliant opportunity to help kids do all the fun stuff that you wished you had done more of at school!’ Part IIB student

Science, technology, engineering and maths ambassadors

All outreach volunteers become STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassadors. This is part of a national programme to enhance young people's scientific and technical capabilities and raise awareness of the importance of these skills to society. The activity of STEM Ambassadors is logged, providing a verifiable record of your Outreach activity.  this is useful for some sponsorships.  If you are interested in taking part please contact the Outreach Officer.

Events in the Michaelmas term

The Outreach year starts with a taster event for prospective volunteers.  Try out the activities we share with family and school groups.  Discover Engineering Family Workshops will take place on Saturdays 14th and 21st November.

Science week in the Lent term

Our flagship event takes place on Saturday 12th  March. If you only participate in one outreach event this year, this is the event. Last year, over 1,000 people attended our event: can you help make this year’s 'Science on Saturday' event even bigger?

Further information

For further details of the programme and a calendar of events visit the outreach website or contact the Outreach Officer.

Last updated on 23/09/2015 10:21