Computer Science

Year 9 Royal Institution Computer Science Masterclasses

Target Audience: year 9 students that are able and interested in computer science.

Format: 6 Saturday mornings, approximately fortnightly, in the spring term.

Aim: to encourage, inspire and engage students in exploring computer science.

How to get involved: teachers are invited to nominate students in the autumn term of year 9.

Capacity: 16


The Ri Masterclasses are a series of hands-on and interactive extracurricular activities that are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the creativity and practice of computer science, helping to highlight the links between this wide-reaching discipline and other subjects.  

Each session is led by enthusiastic speakers from industry, academia and education. They offer students in-depth investigations of topic areas outside of the school curriculum, combining theory with interactive exploration. We aim to open students’ eyes to the world of Computer Science and hope to inspire them to continue their engagement with the subject. 

How it works

A series of six Saturday morning Royal Institution (Ri) Computer Science Masterclasses for year 9 students in the spring term.

The year 9 students nominated to attend should be enthusiastic about mathematics and computer science, whilst also being from amongst the most academically able in their cohort (although not necessarily by exam success).  

How to join

Teachers are invited to nominate students towards the end of the autumn term 2020 – please get in touch if you would like to make sure you receive the details:

Computational Thinking

Target Audience: for year 10 students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset with an enthusiasm for STEM subjects; little experience and no former interest in Computer Science.

Format: 4 workshops held at EMS from 1600 to 1730, spread over the spring term.

Aim: to enhance the ability to communicate problems and their solutions with the aid of computational thinking tools, such as pattern recognition and algorithm design.

How to get involved: further details will be posted here soon.

Capacity: 16

Support for your school to enter the TeenTech Awards 2021

Target Audience: we are offering support to five schools in the South West that would like to enter a team (or teams) that do not have an experienced teacher leading these projects.

Format: along with student volunteers at EMS, our Computer Science lead, Melanie Dennig, will deliver an online launch event to get your students started and will follow this up with feedback at the half-way mark. Further details below.

Aim: the TeenTech Awards are a chance for students to ask “What if?” or even build a fun example of what this might look like. Encouraging teams to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things.

How to get involved: Click here to complete an Expression of Interest Form for virtual support for your school in submitting projects for entry. 

Capacity: 5 schools

Registrations for the TeenTech Awards 2021 are now open, and the West Country Computing Hub, based at Exeter Maths School (EMS), would like to virtually support your school in submitting projects for entry. Established in 2012, the programme helps students to see how they might apply science and technology to real world problems; encouraging students to develop their own ideas for making life better, simpler, safer or more fun.

TeenTech Awards Overview

Working individually, or in teams of up to three, students from Years 7-11 or Years 12-13 will need to decide on an award category (from which there are 15 to choose), brainstorm ideas, clearly identify an opportunity or a problem, suggest a solution and research the market.

The Awards help students with no previous, serious interest, see the relevance of STEM subjects, providing a creative opportunity for keen students. They also enable students to showcase their digital work – whether they’ve built a game, created an animation, composed digital music or digital art.

How students develop their project is entirely up to them. They could build a model, design posters or advertisements to explain their ideas, conduct a survey to show why it’s needed or research existing solutions.

TeenTech judges choose up to three finalists in each category to showcase their projects at the TeenTech Awards Ceremony, where the winning team in each category and the overall winner will be announced. Please note that in 2020, the Awards Ceremony was held virtually. The format of the 2021 event is not yet known. All submitted projects will receive feedback from the TeenTech judges and a bronze, silver or gold award.

Further information about The Tech Awards can be found here:

Exeter Maths School Support

We are offering support to schools in the South West that would like to enter a team or teams but do not have a teacher experienced in leading these projects.

Our Computer Science lead, Melanie Dennig, will deliver an initial workshop to get your students started and will follow this up with feedback at the half way mark, as per the timeline detailed below.

School Requirement

Your school will need to nominate a member of staff (known as home-school lead teacher), who will be responsible for registering your school for the competition, overseeing applications and linking with EMS. Dependent on the circumstances at the time, qualifying team(s) will need to be accompanied to the semi-final (previously hosted at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, London).

Timeline for Taking Part

Autumn Term Online Launch Event
Led by EMS
An open online session delivered by Melanie and a
group of EMS student volunteers – this will be
available as a live session and recorded for widersharing
End of Autumn Term Final Date to Confirm
Intention to Enter Projects
To be completed by home-school lead teacher
Early Spring Term Online Feedback Session
Led by EMS
EMS student volunteers and Melanie will review
your students’ projects/project proposals and
provide feedback and advice
End of Spring Term
Upload Project
Electronically for
Preliminary Judging
To be completed by home-school lead teacher
Beginning of Summer
Finalists AnnouncedYou will be contacted directly, but Melanie and
our EMS student volunteers would love to know
how you get on

Isaac Computer Science – Student Booster Events

Target Audience: A level students who either want to revise A level computer science or are less familiar with the material and want a primer.

Format: Each session focuses on a different computer science topic and gives you the understanding and confidence to use the concepts involved during your studies. For further information, please visit:

Aim: To provide the skills and confidence to apply new concepts, to learn about the wider applications of computer science, and ultimately encourage students to consider computing as their future career path.

How to get involved: Use the links below to book your place!

Capacity: 30

Searching, Sorting & Pathfinding

These sessions will provide an insight into what Computer Scientists might refer to as the essential building blocks of a wide range of applications.

Most problems, including those in the contexts of gaming and AI can be solved with the skills introduced in this session.

Course Delivery Type Fee Dates/Timings Booking Link
Searching, Sorting & Pathfinding Live-Remote Free Wednesday 21st October, 1530-1630 Book Here
Searching, Sorting & Pathfinding Live-Remote Free Wednesday 18th November, 1530-1630 Book Here
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