Aim of this report
The aim of this report is to document the impact that Generating Genius has achieved for students from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds through the funding and support given through the ongoing partnership with Kilburn and Strode.
This will be shown by
- Measuring Generating Genius’s impact against the original proposal
- Recording the number of students benefited
- Models of Learning for the future
STEM in Action events
STEM in Action is a supplemental, module-based curriculum for students in Year 8 – 13. It demonstrates how successfully STEM subjects can be combined with Citizenship and harnesses the power of hands-on learning to inspire curiosity and nurture critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Sessions include designing a bunker that can withstand a meteorite strike to the Earth and planning how to successfully deploy a team of scientists to Mars.
Generating Genius organised University visits to St Anne’s College Oxfordiof the programme. Students and their parents were taken to the campus and engaged in a day of campus tours, Q&A’s and STEM activities.
Visits to Peterhouse College Cambridge, Leeds University and UCL were deliveredGG ran events (scientific enquiry, information evenings and Challenge Days)
GG ran events included:
- Introduction to networking event (GG ran event)
- Interpersonal Skills session with Latymer Upper School (GG ran event)
- How to get into accountancy and finance (GG ran event)
- Uni Genius Launch Evening
- Ethics of Robotic Surgery Debate Session
- Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology revision sessions
- Work Experience Prep sessions – this is where we give tips and tricks to students regarding their work experience placements
- Uni Genius Social
- Uni Genius Speed Networking Events
Masterclass / Tutorial days
Masterclass/Tutorial Days were aimed to inspire students by showing the practical applications of STEM in the world. These were delivered using the expertise from businesses and universities mentioned included below:
- L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre - Colour Chemistry Masterclass
- Latymer Upper School GCSE Maths Masterclass
- Queen Mary UoL Wearable Technology Masterclass
- Can Earth Handle More Megacities? Masterclass at Pimlico Academy
Summer of STEM events
Summer of STEM a pick & mix summer of activities with academic content to continue students learning over the summer.
From accessible records in Year 1, GG delivered at least 2 out of the 4 events:
- STEM Ambassadors evening (hosted at Buzzacott)
- Science of Banknotes at the Bank of England
GG organised 420 hours of tutoring for 50 students for the Academic Tutoring in Physics, Maths, Biology. Each of the students attended 1-2 sessions each with private tutors at their school. Many students noted that this was helpful in preparation for their exams. We hope to be able to offer more academic support to students who continue onto our Uni Genius programme.
Number of Students engaged
We engaged 156 students::
Overall Gender Breakdown:
53% - Female
Other important statistics regarding students:
- 64% have previously/are currently claiming free school meals
- 38% will be the first in their family to go to university
- 28% come from local areas with the lowest participation in higher education
Out of the students:
- 84% studied Maths – 88% grades 9-7 (A**-A)
- 74% studied Chemistry – 64% grades 9-7
- 58% studied Biology – 82% grades 9-7
- 68% studied Physics – 69% grades 9-7
Some of the success stories to date include:
Bolaji achieved 12 grade 9-6 (A*-C) GCSEs, including 9s (A**’s) in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography and RE.
Yonis achieved 8 grade 9-6 GCSEs including 9s in Physics, Biology, Maths, Chemistry and English.
Shaun achieved 10 grade 9-7 GCSEs including 9s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths and Further Maths.
The original 50 students are now beginning Year 12 and are joining the Uni Genius programme. Currently, all students have remained a part of the programme until this year. We are currently accepting students into our Uni Genius programme and will track the number of students who choose other A-level paths or do not have grades that we can progress into the A-level programme.
Other Student Success Stories
In August 2019, the Uni Genius Year 13 students received their A-Level results.
- 88% of students received ABB equivalent or higher grades
- Many students received offers to study Biochemistry, Bioscience or Medicine degrees
Student highlights include:
Paola achieved an A* and 3 A's in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Spanish. She'll be going on to study medicine at Imperial College London.
Dalton achieved A*AA and is going to study Medicine at UCL. Dalton will also be receiving a full scholarship at University provided by Generating Genius and the Halo Foundation.
Temi achieved ABB and is going to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. She will also be receiving a full scholarship at University provided by Generating Genius and the Halo Foundation.
Samiihah will be going to study biomedical science at the Queen Mary University.
Qaid achieved BBB and will be going to Brunel University to study Economics.
Tamilore will be studying Law at the University of Exeter.
Iyanu will be studying Neuroscience at the University of Aston.
The funding from GlobalGiving was incredibly effective in helping us to have sustained impact for our students across the year. Through the support we have given our students, they have grown in confidence by being in corporate settings, adjusting to traveling through London for sessions and being engaged in difficult tasks that many of their school peers are yet to encounter.
“Overall I would like to thank the Uni Genius programme for really helping me gain an opportunity such as this.” – Sarah
“Generating Genius motivated me to work harder because I saw that there are a lot of smart people that I’m competing against.” – Israel
“Doing work experience gave me confidence that I needed to take opportunities that come my way.” – Qaid
Generating Genius wishes to expand our impact through supporting another cohort of students to progress, however we wish to begin the programme in Year 12 to support students through their A-levels and into university. We have identified that our students lack support needed at university, including financial challenges, lack of internship opportunities and career opportunities post university. We will continue to support this current cohort of students by focusing on their post-16 and university progression. We appreciate the support and funding given by GlobalGiving and wish to continue collaborating to raise the next generation of STEM talent.