Imperial College London’s Schools Challenge, supported by JP Morgan, aims to help Year 9 pupils consider STEM careers and make important choices about their education.
The Schools Challenge uses Brightside mentoring as part of a wider programme of activity based around teams of young people developing a product or service to improve the city they live in. The teams send messages to mentors from JP Morgan and the environment and engineering sectors on our online platform in between group sessions where they plan and design their solution, before pitching to a panel of judges at a final event.
‘Brightside has been instrumental in helping the teams keep in touch, share updates and access support from their mentors when they need it. We’ve also found Brightside a fantastic platform for sharing useful links and videos to inspire students about future careers. The ‘Ask the Expert’ element has been a great way to kickstart the project and give students the opportunity to find out more from professionals working in their field of interest.’
Liz Hider, Schools Challenge Programme Coordinator, Imperial College London