Imperial College Supplies Backpack Activity Kits
Imperial College in London has been providing science back activity kits to local families and community members during the Covid-19 lockdown. About 241 children were identified to receive the kit that contains science-inspired activities that can be easily done from home, with all equipment provided. These were designed to engage children in the age group of 6 to 16. Younger children were equipped with over 20 sciencefocused activities that were designed to spark interest in STEM and create a sense of togetherness when working on the activities with their families. Activities include exploring invisible ink, creating squishy circuits, and making an energy-saving car. For older children, activities were more in-depth, mentally-stimulating and aspirational. These included making their own synth kit and a solar powered robot. The activity was organised by Imperial College’s White City Community Engagement team and they said this is the beginning of their relationship with these families during the lockdown. The Science Backpacks were made possible through the generous financial support of Novartis, whose UK headquarters are located in White City, and the Mohn Westlake Foundation.