Explore our developing network of Computer Science Masterclasses throughout the UK.
No face-to-face Masterclass series are currently running, but we are working with local collaborators to pilot online Masterclasses in some areas. Teachers will be contacted by their local organisers if this opportunity is available for their students. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to find out more about what is available in your area.
Thanks to a £500,000 endowment and industry support from our partner Causeway Technologies Limited, the Royal Institution (Ri) launched a Computer Science Masterclass Network in 2014. The Computer Science Masterclasses are designed to excite and engage young people in the creativity and practice of computer science, helping to highlight the links between this wide-reaching discipline and other subjects.
The Masterclasses are typically arranged in series of six Saturday morning workshops, each lasting around two and a half hours and led by a different speaker on their chosen topic. The expert speakers are chosen for their subject knowledge and ability to share their enthusiasm and experience of working or researching in this exciting field. Students will be nominated by their schools to attend the whole series, allowing them to gain experience of a range of diverse topics within computer science. During each class the students will explore the topic individually or in small groups, with support and guidance given by the speaker and helpers.
Topics for the Masterclasses will include some of the diverse applications and processes of computer science, including logic, networks, big data, security, robotics, optimisation, human computer interaction and computer animation.
Our Causeway Associate in Computer Science Ben Dornan works with volunteers across the country to set up and run Computer Science Masterclass series for bright, talented and enthusiastic 13-14 year-old students from schools all around each area. They will also support local experts from industry and academia to develop and deliver their own Computer Science Masterclass.
To find out about the programme, how it has grown since 2014 and our partnership with Causeway, watch the video below.