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03.03.2021

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Online Maker Challenge – Applications Now Open

Are you aged 14-18 and do you like making, designing and engineering? If so, you should consider applying to our online Maker Challenge programme where we teach you how to make, design and create.

Over 13 virtual workshops and with a bespoke making kit, you’ll learn design thinking, 3D printing, laser cutting, prototyping, coding and more. You will get a chance to develop a creative idea from concept to prototype.

All sessions are delivered online and the programme takes place in Easter 2021 term, starting 26 April – 29 June. To find out more or to apply, see our website.

Who: 14 – 18 year olds

When: 26 April – 29 June 2021. Sessions on Tues/and some Thurs from 17:30-19:00

Where: Delivered online

Deadline: Sunday 18 April, apply here

Need help applying? For queries or to book a 1-1 support session with the Makerspace Team by contacting makerspace@imperial.ac.uk

 

 

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Donate a Device Today

Make a difference to a child’s future by making a donation today!

 

Thank you to everyone who has donated devices so far, your donation will make a huge difference to the education of a local young person. Imperial College London’s ICT and Community Teams are working together with Ready Tech Go to ensure devices go to children most in need locally. There are many local families who are struggling with home-schooling because they do not have suitable technology at home or internet connectivity. As demand for technology increases, you can also help support families in need. By making a donation which will go towards the purchasing of devices and internet data, you can ensure that children’s education is not disrupted due to lack of technology.

You can support either by:

 

  1. Donating a laptop or tablet you no longer need here

 

  1. Making a donation online here 

 

If you have any questions, contact Keisha at whitecity.community@imperial.ac.uk or call on 020 7594 7409.

 

 

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Technician Apprenticeship Scheme – Applications Now Open

Are you looking to kick-start your career? Do you enjoy making things, tinkering or creative crafts? Then our apprenticeship could be for you!

Our Technician Apprenticeship Scheme trains the future technicians who will work in our world-class workshops and laboratories, contributing to the research and teaching that we do. Our apprentices specialise in either Mechanical or Electronic Engineering and combine their studies with on-the-job training across a selection of departments. As well as earning a competitive salary, you will build a wide range of technical skills and gain formal qualifications that will help you in your future career.

For more information and to apply, click here. Deadline for applications is 19th March.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact Ailish on a.harikae@imperial.ac.uk.

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to submit any questions you may have about the COVID-19 Vaccines to be personally answered by our scientists. Thank you to those who submitted questions for our researchers and clinicians, we hope that you found the responses helpful and informative. Each week we’ll be featuring a question that we’ve heard a lot. This week it’s:

Q: Does the vaccine change my DNA? 

 

A: No.

 

The vaccines work by giving the body instructions to produce a protein which is present on the surface of the coronavirus. The immune system uses this protein to learn to recognise and produce antibodies against this protein. This means that if the body sees the protein again in the future e.g. if you are infected with COVID-19, your body will be better prepared to fight it. All of this happens outside the nucleus of your cells, which is where your DNA is kept.

 

We have had lots of questions about the detail of this when talking about mRNA vaccines. These technologies give the body these instructions to make the protein as a bit of genetic code (mRNA). The reason this mRNA cannot change/be incorporated into your DNA is:

·         mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine cannot reach the part of the cell that holds the DNA, called the nucleus. 

·         mRNA cannot be translated back into DNA. So even if it could reach the DNA, nothing would happen. 

·         Both mRNA and adenovirus (common viruses that infect the lining of your eyes, airways and lungs, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system) vaccines do not contain the “specialised tools” needed to “copy” or “edit” DNA.

It’s also important to remember that material from the vaccine only stays in the body for a few days before being broken down. After helping our immune system to produce an immune response against the spike protein, any material from the vaccine is removed by our bodies. 

Don’t forget, you can submit your questions here anytime. Please note, we can’t answer personal or medical questions – please contact 111 or your healthcare provider.

 

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