Generating Genius

Distinguished education academic and social commentator Dr Tony Sewell founded Generating Genius in 2005. His vision was to work with high-achieving students from disadvantaged communities throughout their secondary school careers to help them acquire the skills they need to win places at top universities. Generating Genius alumni, now undergraduates, in turn become mentors to course participants, feeding their experience back into the programmes. aThe programmes we offer are intended to be challenging,a says Dr Sewell. aThe students are expected to maintain a high standard of self-discipline, behaviour and academic performance. aWe do not believe in prizes for all. Whilst one can learn from...

Generating Genius
99 Arundel Ave
South Croydon, Surrey CR2 8BL
United Kingdom
07956598503
http://www.generatinggenius.org.uk

Board of Directors

Cleveland A Sewell, Nathalie G Richards, Gideon T Woldeselassie, Shuvo D Saha, Tibor T Gold, Veronica P Martin, Averil J Macdonald

Project Leaders

Tony Sewell

Mission

Distinguished education academic and social commentator Dr Tony Sewell founded Generating Genius in 2005. His vision was to work with high-achieving students from disadvantaged communities throughout their secondary school careers to help them acquire the skills they need to win places at top universities. Generating Genius alumni, now undergraduates, in turn become mentors to course participants, feeding their experience back into the programmes. aThe programmes we offer are intended to be challenging,a says Dr Sewell. aThe students are expected to maintain a high standard of self-discipline, behaviour and academic performance. aWe do not believe in prizes for all. Whilst one can learn from the experience of the journey, ultimately there is often only one winner. aBy bringing together academically talented students from some of the most challenging social circumstances, our programmes are able to offer a unique educational experience, one geared both to the studentsa high abilities and to their need for peers who share their academic abilities and their love of learning. aThis is a nurturing programme where students have a sense that they are on a journey from 11 to 18. This rites-of-passage programme is based on intellectual and social challenges. They learn that poverty, race and gender are not barriers to academic success.a -

Programs

Generating Genius works with high-achieving students from disadvantaged communities throughout their secondary school careers to help them acquire the skills they need to win places at top universities in technical fields. All of the children in the programme are first in their family to even consider university, and in the past two years we have seen the children who have been through their long term 5 year programme of weekend and summer schools be accepted to elite universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial, to study STEM subjects. We reach out to particular groups such as girls and certain minorities who are disproportionately under-represented in STEM. Our students have the ability but no connections, resource, little social capital and wider knowledge to access opportunities that are often at their door step. We make this happen and then the eagle soars. Generating Geniusa (GG) main purpose is to provide early intervention educational opportunities centred on creating the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and medical practitioners at a key transitional stage of a childas or young personas educational/career journey. Our main focus is on improving and increasing the educational achievement amongst children and young people who are vulnerable and are from challenging/disadvantaged backgrounds and live in our inneracities (predominantly deprived boroughs). Our approach is to provide high intellectual challenge, keen competition, a caring environment, personal and professional connections, soaring expectations and meaningful pathways to realising potential In 2011 we launched the partnership with GG in the UK to transform their initiative focussing only on boys in engineering to focus on a minimum of having 50% girls on their programme, with a focus on computer science within their engineering programme. In 2013 we were delighted to see that 70% of their intake are girls, exceeding our expectations I was managing the Generating Genius partnership in 2011 and then handed over to Shuvo Saha in 2012 on the ground in London. He has since joined the Board of Generating Genius, and has worked with them to expand their scope and impact in order to build sustainability in their initiative. GG is also part of our Googleserve 20 programme, with London Googlers regularly involved in supporting their activities. One of the initiatives GG ran with our funding specifically to inspire girls in programming, was a SketchPatch workshop that we would like to see replicated nationally. This creative programming workshop was taken by 200 students from 8 schools (80% girls). All of the students had no experience or exposure to coding but were keen on maths. They were nominated by their schools based on their grades in maths and science. As a result of the workshop 70% of the year 9/10 cohort said they would like to pursue Science Aalevels and 75 per cent said they would like to take up a career in Computer Science.

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