Summer School 2015: The magic of computer science (7–9 year-olds)

10.00am to 12.15pm, Tuesday 18 August

Sunley Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Magic cards

    Can you do magic with computers?

    Credit: Mick (mixited77) via Flickr
  • Type

    Summer School workshop for 7-9 year-olds
  • Speakers

    • Paul Curzon


Standard £30

Faraday members £27

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. He 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 7–9 year–olds. 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. 

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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