Summer Schools: The magic of computer science (age 10–12)

2.00pm to 4.30pm, Wednesday 25 July

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  • Credit: Katherine Leedale
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 10–12

  • Speakers

    • Paul Curzon


Standard £30

Ri Young Members £25.50

Event description

When you learn to be a magician, it turns out you are learning the skills needed to be a great computer scientist too: computational thinking.

In this workshop Paul Curzon will demonstrate some real magic tricks and teach the group how they are done so they can do the tricks themselves.

Students will then use the magic to learn the linked basics of computer science and see what computational thinking is all about and how both magicians and computer scientists rely on it.

About the speaker

Paul Curzon is a Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London and a National Teaching Fellow.

Paul runs Computer Science for Fun a magazine about the fun side of computing and has been giving linked Computing Magic Shows for 10 years. He also runs Teaching London Computing creating inspiring activities for teachers to use in class.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 10–12 year-olds and is aimed at those with little or no experience of computer coding.

There will be a short break during the workshop and a drink and a small snack will be provided. Students should bring their own snack if they have any allergies. They should also bring pens, pencils and a calculator.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 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 preferably via telephone on +44 (0)1844 351666, or at their email address

Ri Young Members receive 15% off workshops

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