Invent Plus

Deliver engineering workshops to primary schools around Southampton. APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW!

Informaton icon Deliver engineering workshops to primary schools around Southampton. APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW!

Location icon Southampton schools

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What is Invent Plus?

Invent Plus is a programme run in schools which encourages children to learn about Engineering. Topics covered by the sessions include civil, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering, along with aeronautics and astronautics.

What placements are there?

We offer a variety of different placements in our local partner schools.

AUTUMN TERM 2020: Due to COVID, we are currently figuring out the best way for online delivery to primary schools. Instead, this term, we are teaming up with the Public Engagement Department to make up activity packs for Dragonfly Days. Dragonfly Days are for Year 9 ages girls (13-14) to inspire them with STEM subjects. You will be put into a team and paired with an academic to make activity packs around an area of research currently being conducted in the university.

Skills and employability

Teamwork outside of a university setting, engineering specific, academic support, communication, tutoring, liaising with parents, behaviour management, leading children’s activities, delivering activities for varying academic ability, leadership, and flexibility are all skills you will gain by taking part in Invent Plus. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience in developing social and public speaking skills, working in schools and with young people, is looking to separate themselves from the crowd in their CV, or is exploring a career in education/youth work.

Training and support

All of our programmes are supported by students and staff. As part of Invent Plus, you will have sub-committee members, the Invent Plus Coordinator, Oana Lazar, and the staff team, Catherine Taplin-Thorpe, to speak to.

The Coordinator and staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (eg behaviour management, routes into education etc) throughout your placement, as well as any issues with your school placements. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers.

Can I still take part if I am not an engineering student?

You don't need to be an expert, you just need to be keen to learn and be enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation. With a short training session and some exploration, you will be ready to jump into one of our projects! We take all student volunteers for this project, not only those from STEM disciplines.

Reasonable adjustments

Invent Plus is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Catherine at and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.

Volunteering with Invent Plus won't cost you

We reimburse all Southampton Hub volunteers' travel expenses, including bus and car travel, throughout the project.

Why not volunteer with a friend?

Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?


Email who will be able to answer any questions and direct you to the Invent Plus committee for any further help and support.

You can also check out similar projects, such as Schools Plus or Libraries Plus, over on our What's On page.


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