Youth Outreach Project
The EWBOx Youth Outreach team is a group of students with a passion for societal change.
We share our enjoyment of Engineering and encourage the future generation to pursue STEM-related university studies.
Our workshops, primarily dedicated to local school students from underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds, aim to teach students to problem-solve through fun and challenging experiments.
Our projects this year include two main subgroups:
1. designing and running of practical school workshops in local schools to engage with younger students and generate some enthusiasm for engineering;
2. designing a programming Bootcamp for the sixth-form students to offer them the chance to gain some useful technical skills.
Towards the end of the academic year, we are planning to extend our influence overseas in a developing country with high educational inequality (previously India) by organizing an overseas trip to deliver courses in a local disadvantaged community, based on our resources and experiences gained during the year.
History of EWBOx Youth Outreach
One of EWBOx’s aims is to motivate underprivileged children interested in engineering and natural sciences to pursue university studies after finishing school.
In April 2019, a group of eight undergraduate and postgraduate students from Oxford travelled to rural Karnataka (south India) and worked for one week with around 200 school students. We believe that this is the most sustainable way of improving the overall economic situation in Indian villages. To achieve this, we offered a high-end, interactive teaching experience entirely free of charge, which resembles the costly summer schools offered in Oxford.
Our team had a lot of fun during our lessons, even though the temperatures during the day soared up to 45 degrees, with no electricity for fans or air conditioning available. The feedback from both sides (children in India and Oxford students) was positive throughout. It was therefore not only a very valuable experience for the Indian students, but also for the Oxford students, who got to know an entirely different culture, as well as a first-hand experience of the challenges that emerging countries are facing.
We are currently in the process of recruiting Oxford students and applying for funding for the next trip which is planned to happen towards the end of Academic Year 2021/22. If you are interested, join our youth outreach team, or get in touch with us for more information.
A collection of photos and videos from our team's work in India in 2019.