Computer Science

Year 9 Royal Institution Online Computer Science Masterclasses

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

Format: 3 Saturday mornings in the spring term.

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

How to get involved: nominations are now closed. Please contact if you have missed the deadline.

Capacity: 30


Ri Online Masterclasses are a series of workshops which are 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

Programme Schedule

All workshops will run online via Microsoft Teams, from 0930-1100, on the following dates: Saturday 23rd January, Saturday 6th February and Saturday 27th February

No special software is required; the meetings can be accessed via the internet, although students can download the Microsoft Teams app if preferred.  A webcam and microphone are not required, students will be encouraged to use the Chat function to interact. Further details will be provided once places have been confirmed.

Who To Nominate

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

To encourage gender balance we ask that, where possible, when nominating more than one student, at least one of your nominees identifies as female.

Priority will be given to students who:

  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals in any of the past 6 years;
  • Live or have lived in local authority care, are a young carer or are disabled;
  • Live in an area of low participation of young people in higher education according to POLAR;
  • Live in a deprived area according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (based on the 4thand 5th quintiles).

Please note that students are expected to attend the entire series of three masterclasses.

Nominate Students

Nominations are now closed. Please contact if you have missed the deadline.

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

Spring Booking Links

Course Details Fee Dates/Timings Booking Link
Searching & Sorting An insight into what computer scientists might refer to as the essential building blocks of a wide range of applications. £0 2 March, 1530-1630 Click Here
Big O This session will secure students’ understanding of how Big(O) is calculated and how to recognise the Big(O) for algorithms. £0 16 March, 1530-1630 Click Here

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: Applications are now closed, please contact us if you’d like to express an interest for future support:

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

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