Summer School 2015: The power of algorithms

10.00am to 3.00pm, Tuesday 18 August

Demonstration Room

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  • Teenage boys using computer
    Credit: UCL
  • Type

    Summer School workshop for 13 - 15 year-olds
  • Speakers

    • Gustavo Lau


Standard £50

Faraday members £45

Event description

Self–reference is an important and beautiful concept that appears in art and mathematics. Gustavo Lau will demonstrate its use in computer science where it is known as recursion. Students will see how many algorithms are naturally expressed using recursion. The connection between some mathematical problem solving techniques and recursive algorithms will be demonstrated. This hands on workshop includes an easy introduction to computer programming using turtle graphics, specifically the turtle library of the Python programming language.

About the speaker

Gustavo Lau represented Venezuela in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1981. He has degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, where he was a Computer Science professor for several years, teaching compiler construction and database courses among others. He has applied his knowledge of Computer Science while working in finance in London for the last 20 years and is currently a partner of Episteme Capital Partners (UK), LLP, a hedge fund manager.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 13–15 year–olds and is aimed at those with little or no experience of computer programming. Students will be using freely available programs throughout the workshop. The workshop will include a 45 minute supervised lunch break. Students will not be able to leave the building at lunch time unless permission is given at the time of booking. 

This workshop is based on an Ri Computer Science Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions. 

Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils and a USB drive if they wish to take their work home. 

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least one week (seven calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino–James on 01844 351666 or email her at

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