In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

In The Know What's new? Young people

This week is European Coding week and we’ll be celebrating throughout this month with tech related blog posts, a free resource for you to download and further celebrations later this month with a series of half-term coding workshops at Google Academy London!

Free Download – 20 Free Coding Resources!
Did you know that you can teach yourself how to code? We’ve put together some amazing websites that young people can use to teach themselves how to code! These websites and online platforms are easy to use and they are free to access. From solving fun storyline problems using coding to animation & art themed challenges, this is a fantastic download for young people interested in coding. Follow this link for your free download!

#DayofCode – Wednesday 23rd October & Thursday 24th October
We’ve managed to secure three dates to run coding workshops at Google Academy! As many parents have requested, #DayofCode will be open to boys and girls aged 12-16 (Years 8 to 11). The workshops will give each young person a chance to develop their coding skills and build an exciting mobile app game in just one day! The workshop content is repeated so you only need to book your child for one day! All tickets will be released in phases via eventbrite: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com

#GirlMeetsCode – Tuesday 22nd October 2019
All the stats show that there are fewer women in Tech and numbers have declined since the 90s! We know that girls can be a force for good in the world and many technology companies are actively seeking women to make a change in the technology world. For this reason, we’re running a special day coding workshop just for girls! Similar to #DayofCode, this workshop will not require any previous coding experience as you’ll be guided through the day by our facilitators and volunteers. To join in with the girls go to: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com

 

Spotlight on one of our young scholars – Ladan

Spotlight on one of our young scholars – Ladan

Growth mindset Private tuition Success stories What's new? Young people

Please tell us a bit about yourself
I’m fifteen and am in Year 10. I love subjects like history as I’ve always enjoyed learning about interesting events such as The Cold War since I was little. I also enjoy learning science, especially experiments.

What does being on the programme mean to you?
I see being on the programme as a really lucky opportunity to be able to develop myself as a whole, not just as a student but as someone with a more flexible mindset that can approach most tasks with an open mind.

How has GT Scholars helped you to improve yourself?
They’ve helped me think more about my future and how I can strive to improve what’s really important to me such as my academics or way of thinking. I’ve seen a great improvement in maths and I’ve moved up from foundation grade to higher grade and also reached my target grade. With mentoring, I’ve grown a lot and I’m more confident than before and my mentor has helped me to choose subjects that align with my interests.

What were your tutor and mentor like? How did this help?
My tutor Janet has helped me improve significantly in maths which honestly, is a subject that I’ve struggled with but now I enjoy the subject and am improving greatly. My mentor Sulina was really kind and I managed to learn about her career and more about the vast educational opportunities in London. For example, I used to be reluctant about IB because of all the stigma around it but as I learnt more about it I think I am more open to applying to IB next year.

Have your grades changed since being on the programme? Did you improve in any of the subjects at school?
My grades have really improved in Maths, classwork comes more easily to me now, so my teacher often gives me more challenging tasks and it’s lead to me achieving higher grades in a subject I was once not doing so well in.

What was the best thing that your tutor taught you?
My tutor helped me learn more effective time management skills. She helped me put into place more concrete methods in my exams, like the mark a minute technique that really helped me, especially since I practised it during our sessions and in homework.

How will you apply what you have learnt during the programme to your future?
My dislike for maths has honestly gone down and I genuinely enjoy the subject sometimes, so I think the likelihood that I may choose economics as an A-Level has increased.

In the Know – Work Experience for Young People!

In the Know – Work Experience for Young People!

Careers In The Know What's new? Work experience Young people

Work experience provides young people with an insight into an exciting, new environment. It can help them decide if a career is for them, help them build essential employability skills and also be a nice addition to their CVs. This week, we bring you three work experience programmes for young people to consider.

PwC – Digital Insight Week
PwC has an exciting week planned for young people in Year 12 who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. Young people will get tuition from technology experts and learn key employability skills. This programme will run during the summer in 2019 and applications close January 31st. For more information, click here.

Rolls Royce – Work Experience Programme
Rolls Royce is offering young people the chance to see first-hand how they use STEM subjects every day. Young people will get to experience the career possibilities that Rolls Royce offers and earn an Industrial Cadet accreditation to show that they have developed valuable employability skills. Applications for 2019 are now open. To find out more about requirements click here.

Royal Museums Greenwich – Work Experience
Royal Museums Greenwich is offering work experience to young people over the summer. The 2019 programme is open to young people from a variety of levels and is a great opportunity for those interested in art and design. Young people can choose from the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Cutty Sark or Queen’s House. To find out how to apply, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

Did you catch us in The Guardian?

Did you catch us in The Guardian?

Our Impact Success stories University What's new? Young people

Just in case you missed it, GT Scholars was mentioned in The Guardian at the weekend! One of our alumni, Micheal, was featured in an article about his perseverance through university despite the challenges he faces. Micheal mentioned how being on the GT Scholars programme helped him achieve some of the best A-level grades at his school and helped motivate him to pursue his aspirations.

The article has been an insight into some of the struggles faced by young people when pursuing their ambitions. In Micheal’s case, since going into university, he’s had to work 38 hours a week in order to fund his studies. No one should have to go through this at university and the article has led to many people reaching out to help him, including the creation of a GoFundMe page to support him through the final part of his degree course. We also hope that there will be further safeguards put in place to prevent young people like Micheal from having to fund their own studies, particularly if it is their first degree.

For us, this article reminds us of the importance of our work at GT Scholars. We feel very privileged that he still remembers what he gained from being on the programme. We believe that every child deserves a chance to succeed regardless of his or her background and this is one of the reasons why we run programmes for ambitious young people and provide free places to young people on Free School Meals.

To find out more about our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes for ambitious young people, register your interest here.


GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Entrepreneur, Engineer or Director?

In the Know – Entrepreneur, Engineer or Director?

Careers In The Know What's new? Young people

Did you know that fun activities can help young people identify their skills, strengths and what career they would like to pursue? They often don’t know if they’re interested in something unless they try it out. That is why this week, we have three great activities for young people to explore future careers!

Dragon’s Den Challenge
In order to give young people a taste of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, GT Scholars are hosting a Dragon’s Den Challenge based on the world-famous TV show. This FREE event for young people aged 11-16 explores the concept of entrepreneurship while imparting practical skills such as being creative, negotiating, communicating well and critical thinking. Book your tickets here.

Family Masterclass at the The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution is hosting a hands-on engineering workshop for families to design and construct a shelter. This workshop uses a hand operated STIXX machine will turn six sheets of newspaper into a solid structural rod which can be used to build your shelter. This will be a great test of the entire family’s engineering skills, design and creativity. To book tickets, click here.

TheatreCraft
TheatreCraft is a free careers event for young people aged 16-30 seeking an off-stage career in theatre. It is an ideal place to be for a unique glimpse into ‘behind the scenes’ careers like direction, stage management, producing, lighting and even designing. Theatre professionals will be on hand to provide tips and advice to young people considering this career path. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – The Future is Now!

In the Know – The Future is Now!

In The Know What's new? Young people

Have you noticed how technology has become a part of our everyday lives? What was once thought to be futuristic is now a possibility. This opens a whole new door of exciting opportunities that young people can explore. This week we have three events which give young people a chance to explore technology at its best!

V&A Create! Video game Design
Especially for the gamers, the V&A brings you a workshop for young people aged 13-15 interested in video game design. Young people will get to work with the V&A’s Videogames Artist in Residency, Matteo Menapace, and create and capture new ideas for a videogame. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to gain insight into all the aspects of game design. To find out more, click here.

Rolls Royce and The Institute of Imagination
Bookings are now open for Lab Life: Pioneering the Power That Matters. This family event will give everyone the opportunity to explore invention, prototyping, electrification and power. The day aims to inspire new generations about the challenges and possibilities presented by our future energy demands, as well as introduce the role that electrification can play. To book tickets, click here.

3D Printing Workshop
S.T.E.A.M POWER is an organisation that facilitates workshops in STEM to children aged 8 to 16. This particular workshop teaches young people how to use the computer program which controls the 3D printer. Young people will be able to design and print their very own unique pen with the help of skilled volunteers. Best of all, they get to keep their specially designed pen! To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Great programmes and workshops coming up!

In the Know – Great programmes and workshops coming up!

In The Know What's new? Young people

November brings a chill in the air and the realisation that the year is almost over. For young people, it’s the calm before the rush that the next term will bring. The three options we have for you this week might just be the head start to next year that young people may need!

Apply Now for the GT Scholars Headstart Programme
Applications are now open for the GT Scholars Headstart Programme for young people aged 11-13. The programme will be helping young people get top grades at school and to help them to develop the skills needed to get into a top university or get into a competitive career. To find out more, register your interest here.

Royal Drawing School Taster Workshop
Bookings are now open for this free taster workshop for young people aged 16 and over who are interested in studying art and design. Young people are allowed to develop their skills in life drawing and are also encouraged to participate in the group crit afterwards to learn what makes a good portfolio. To find out more, click here.

National Youth Theatre Start-Up Saturdays
Applications are now open for the National Youth Theatre’s only weekly Saturday course for 11-14 year olds! Start-Up Saturdays encourage young people to put their passion for performance and ideas into action. Across a ten-weeks, participants explore storytelling, devising theatre, movement, music and character. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In The Know – Exciting STEM Competitions!

In The Know – Exciting STEM Competitions!

In The Know What's new? Young people

STEM activities are a brilliant way to inspire more young people to take on careers in STEM. As employers still struggle to recruit skilled staff in these areas, there has been a great deal of effort made in recent years to teach young people the importance of STEM and the role it can play in shaping the future. This week’s newsletter has three great STEM competitions to inspire the next generation!

Google Science Fair
Google has launched a competition for 13-18-year-olds to exhibit their brilliant STEM ideas. Young people can enter on their own or as part of a group and stand a chance to win one of the 179 prizes up for grabs! The judges are looking for entries that offer a new perspective, fresh thinking, or an innovative approach. To find out more, click here.

National Engineering Competition for Girls
Talent 2013 invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century by participating in the National Engineering Competition for girls! Entrants are encouraged to create a project to show how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet. The competition is open to all female students in secondary school and there are three different age categories between 11 and 18. Girls can enter alone or in a group. To find out more, click here.

BP Ultimate STEM Challenge
BP has launched the Ultimate STEM challenge for young people aged 11-14. By exploring the practical uses of science, engineering and technology the challenge is designed to stimulate creativity, build confidence and teamworking skills, and inspire young people to consider careers in STEM. This year’s challenge tasks young people with reimagining the solution to a real-life problem using their creativity, skills and knowledge. To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

In The Know What's new? Young people

In recognition of National Coding Week, this week’s newsletter is all about ways to get your child interested in the wonderful world of coding. Not only does it get their creative juices flowing but it also teaches them math, engineering and computer science! Here are three coding activities which young people can enjoy.

EasyCoding Club
EasyCoding Club is an exciting after school programme that inspires young children to explore robotics and technology. Classes are open to young people aged 6 and over. The classes are held weekly at multiple locations and are dedicated to applying math in a fun, engaging way along with teaching key science and engineering practices.  To find more about about click here.

Kids Code Club
The Walthamstow Library is starting a kids code club running every Tuesday starting next week, 25 September. Suitable for children aged 7-11, the club teaches easy to follow, step-by-step coding concepts to get kids excited about computer science. To find out how to register for the club, click here.

Science Club
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre runs a Science Club on the second Saturday of every month from 11am to 1pm. The club is free for young people aged 11-14 and is a great way for science fans to experience STEM activities. Activities by the club include robotics, forensic science and rockets. To find out how to join the club, click here.

GT Scholars runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.

 

In The Know – Young People geared for Success!

In The Know – Young People geared for Success!

In The Know What's new? Young people

Young people may be feeling the pressure of being back in school but, if your child gets the right start to the academic year, it may feel much less daunting. This week we bring you three great opportunities to help young people get into right frame of mind about school and their future.  

Applications still open for Bright Ambitions Programme
Just as a last reminder, the deadline for the Bright Ambitions programme is approaching. You must register your interest by Monday 17th September. The programme will help young people in Years 9-11 develop strategies, confidence and resilience before taking on their GCSEs. There are free places available for eligible families. To find out more, register your interest here.

Youth Employment UK
If your child is aged 14-24, they have an opportunity to join Youth Employment UK on their website as a Volunteer Youth Ambassador or Young Professional. The website has tips, advice and competitions that match the interests of young people. Helping them build confidence and skills, they’ll be able to pursue the jobs they want. On the website there are also opportunities for apprenticeships and training. Find out more here.

SchoolScience
The Association for Science Education (ASE) brings you, School Science, a free website to enrich learning in science. The website has resources for both primary and secondary school students. It is informative and helps to keep young people interested in the different aspects of science. Also included on the site are links to exciting competitions, events and cutting edge research. Click here to find out more.

GT Scholars runs after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. If you would like to know more about our programmes, please contact us here.