Summer Schools full listings

Every summer in July and August, the Ri runs a Summer Schools programme, bringing to life all areas of science, mathematics, computing and engineering through exciting hands-on workshops.

  • Exploring robotics

    Credit: Tim Mitchell

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The workshops in the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre offer students the chance to be a scientist for the day by making explosive bath bombs, extracting their own DNA, investigating forensic science, exploring the chemistry of colour and much more.

In the workshops devised by the Ri’s Masterclasses team, students will take part in sessions led by experts from across industry and academia. Students can design and build their own underwater robots, have a go at computer coding and mathematical origami, or even try their hand at bioengineering.

Download the full timetable here, or use the filters below to explore all the workshops available this summer.

Monday 21 August

Introduction to robotics (age 14–18)

In this week–long Summer School for 14–18 year-olds, students will investigate the many aspects of product development in order to design and build two specialised robots.

When:

10.30am to 4.30pm for five days

Type:

Family and young people, Workshops

Audience:

Age 14–18

Tuesday 22 August

Prime encryption rules (age 13–15)

In this session for 13–15 year olds, students will use Python to build secret codes, send secret messages and learn what makes codes secure.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Pinhole Photography (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year olds, students will discover how to make their own pinhole camera and use it to produce spectacular and sometimes weird black and white photographs.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10-12

Code breaking challenge (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year olds, students will race against time to learn cryptography and to decode secret messages.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Family and young people, Workshops

Audience:

Age 13–15

Wednesday 23 August

You are a bioengineer (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year olds, students will explore the world of bioengineering.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

13–15

Pinhole photography (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year olds, students will discover how to make their own pinhole camera and use it to produce spectacular and sometimes weird black and white photographs.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Family and young people, Workshops

Audience:

Age 13-15

Thursday 24 August

Crash testing (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will make and test crash–safe vehicles and explore the science of car crashes.

When:

2.00pm to 4.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

10–12

Crash testing (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will make and test crash–safe vehicles and explore the science of car crashes.

When:

10.30am to 1.00pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

10–12

The magic of computer science (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will use magic to learn the basics of computer science.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

The magic of computer science (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will use magic to learn the basics of computer science.

When:

2.00pm to 4.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Pinhole Photography (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year olds, students will discover how to make their own pinhole camera and use it to produce spectacular and sometimes weird black and white photographs.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10-12

Friday 25 August

Programming in C# for beginners (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15s students will have an introduction to basic programming in C# and use it to solve simple games and a variety of problems.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Mathematics for astronomers (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year olds, students will find out how mathematical tools can be used to explore the universe.

When:

10.30am to 4.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 16–18

The magic of computer science (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will use magic to learn the basics of computer science.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

The magic of computer science (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10-12 year-olds, students will use magic to learn the basics of computer science.

When:

2.00pm to 4.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Crash testing (age 13–15)

This workshop helps students learn about vehicle safety and forces in a very practical way.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13-15

Tuesday 29 August

Magnets and motors (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10-12 year olds, students build an electromagnet, and construct two types of motor to learn how electricity and magnetism are linked.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10-12

Wednesday 30 August

Magnets and motors (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13-15 year olds, students build an electromagnet, and construct two types of motor to learn how electricity and magnetism are linked.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13-15

Thursday 31 August

Forensics (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year olds, students experience hands-on the science of a forensic lab.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops