Royal Institution Computer Science Masterclasses at UCLan: Going Beyond

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We are privileged this year to be running an RI Masterclass series in Computer Science at UCLan. This is hosted by the School of Physical Sciences and Computing.

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Aim
To engage young people with the art and practice of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, to introduce the breadth and depth of computer science as a subject and to give students the opportunity to experience some of its most fascinating challenges. These classes are not intended to match the school curriculum, but are instead intended to widen students’ areas of knowledge and interest. Students need enthusiasm and persistence as well as ability, but these are rewarded through a unique opportunity to work with the professionals who are pushing computer science forward.

Target Group
Pupils in Year 9 in 2015-2016 will be nominated by their school based on whether the school feels they will benefit from attending, their interest and enthusiasm for STEM subjects, and if they are among the most able (not measured by exam success). Though every effort is made to accommodate all student nominations, the series is likely to be over-subscribed so not all nominated students will gain a place.

Dates and times
Sessions days are 23 January, 30 January, 6 February, 27 February, 5 March and 12 March. Classes start at 10:00, with students arriving at 9:45 for registration and logging into the cocmputers. Classes will finish at 12:30. Location is the C&T Building at the University of Central Lancashire Main Preston campus.

The classes usually take the form of talks interspersed with practical, hands-on engagement with the subject, supervised by teacher assistants. There will be a short break during the session, and students should bring a drink and a small snack.

Topics include Cryptography, Minecraft Coding, Arduinos, App Creation and exploring the Oculus Rift.