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: teacher nominations for the spring term 2020 have now closed. If you missed the deadline, please contact Sophie: sophiebrown@exeterms.ac.uk

Capacity: 16

Overview

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

Click this link to nominate your students to attend – this form must be completed by a teacher only.

All workshops run on Saturday mornings from 0930 to 1200 on the following dates:

11th January 25th January 8th February
29th February 7th March 21st March

Should we have enough interest, we intend to repeat the masterclasses in the afternoons of the dates shown above, from 1300 to 1530

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 2020

Target Audience: 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.

Format: your school will need to nominate a lead contact, who will be responsible for registering your school for the competition, overseeing applications and linking with EMS. 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.

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: we’re at capacity for 2020 – please email events@exeterms.ac.uk if you have missed the deadline and would be interested in support in entering teams for TeenTech 2021.

Capacity: 2 schools

Registrations for The TeenTech Awards 2019-20 are now open and Exeter Mathematics School’s Computer Science department would like to 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 in teams of three, students from Years 7-11 or Years 12-13 will need to decide on an award category (of which there are 20 to choose from), brainstorm ideas,  clearly identify an opportunity or a problem, suggest a solution and research the market.

All submitted projects will receive feedback and a bronze, silver or gold award. Every year, the best projects are taken forward to the Royal Society for judging and the winners are invited by HRH Duke of York to Buckingham Palace. Further information about The Tech Awards can be found here: https://www.teentech.com/teentech-awards/

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 lead contact, who will be responsible for registering your school for the competition, overseeing applications and linking with EMS.  Any qualifying team(s) will need to be accompanied to the semi-final at The Royal Society in London.

 

Timeline for Taking Part

Date Event Details
Beginning of Autumn Term Launch event

Led by EMS

A half-day workshop delivered by Melanie and a group of student volunteers from the Maths School.
End of Autumn Term Final date to confirm intention to enter To be completed by home-school lead teacher
Beginning of Spring Term Feedback session

Led by EMS

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 Term Finalists announced You will be contacted directly, but Melanie would love to know how you get on
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