Summer Schools

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

  • Exploring science together

    Credit: Tim Mitchell

About the programme

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 3d engineering.

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

Ri Young Members receive 15% off all Summer Schools bookings - Just one of the perks of Ri Young Membership! See more info here.

Accessibility

Workshops all run in the Royal Insitution building on Albemarle Street. Workshops are in different rooms around the building, but there is step-free access from the street via lift to all workshops.

We are happy to accommodate and adjust for students with additional learning needs in our workshops wherever possible. Just let us know when you are booking online if you have any specific requirements. Please feel free to call us on 020 7409 2992 or email summerschools@ri.ac.uk if you would like to discuss this further with us.

Tuesday 27 August

Summer Schools: Introduction to space science (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year-olds, students will explore the theory of rockets and space travel, and design a mission to Mars.

When:

10.30am to 4.30pm

Type:

Family and young people, Workshops

Audience:

Age 16–18

Summer Schools: How big is the universe? (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students will use mathematics to try to understand how the universe works.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: 1.618 The golden ratio (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will explore the fascinating golden ratio.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: 1.618 The golden ratio (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will explore the fascinating golden ratio.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

LYSC Summer Schools: 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

Wednesday 28 August

Summer Schools: Introduction to space science (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students will explore the theory of rockets and space travel, and design a mission to Mars.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: 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

Summer Schools: Fabulous fractals (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will explore the wonderful world of fractals

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: Fabulous fractals (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will explore the wonderful world of fractals.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

LYSC Summer Schools: 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:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Thursday 29 August

Summer Schools: Forces, transport and motion (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students will design and explore forces and transport.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: Networks (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will explore network theory and the work of the mathematician Euler.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: Networks (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will explore network theory and the work of the mathematician Euler.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

LYSC Summer Schools: 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 30 August

LYSC Summer Schools: Crash testing (age 13–15)

This workshop for ages 13–15 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