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Royal Institution

The Royal Institution, Ri, is an independent charity and our mission is to encourage people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science. This commitment drives everything we do - from our world famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES to our workshops in the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre and Masterclasses for young people around the country. The public events in our theatre attract over 17,000 people a year and offer an opportunity for life-long learning in the sciences.

Join our volunteering team to help the Royal Institution deliver fantastic interactive activities for young people throughout the year. As a volunteer, your role would be to run activities and demonstrate experiments to young people and their families. This could be anything from extracting DNA from strawberries to making balloon powered cars!! Just sign up to the events you want to do for a brilliant opportunity get experience in science communication, presenting, explaining and demonstrating science in an informal educational setting.

Do you have a passion for STEM subjects’ You could volunteer as a helper for Ri Masterclasses in Mathematics, Engineering or Computer Science. Practice your teaching skills and learn about different and ideas and applications of Maths, Engineering or Computer Science.

Role Aim: 

Masterclass helpers play a vital role in supporting students’ investigations and learning in order to allow them to benefit fully from the Ri Masterclasses.


Helpers assist the Masterclass workshops by offering practical help such as handing out equipment but also by answering students’ questions, and circulating around the students asking prompting questions to encourage discussion

Skills needed: 

Helpers need a good level of mathematical, computer science or engineering understanding to pick up the topic on the day of the Masterclass and support the students with their activities


Before the start of the Masterclass you will be briefed by the supervisor and speaker about what help will be needed during the session

Across London
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Masterclasses take place on Saturday mornings usually 10 – 12:30

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details <a href=”…