Summer School: Computer-based mathematics

10.00am to 4.00pm daily for five days, Monday 27 July

Demonstration Room

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

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  • Teenage boys using computers
  • Type

    Week-long Summer School for 16-18 year-olds
  • Speakers

    • David Vaccaro


Standard £250

Faraday members £225

Event description

This week–long Summer School will introduce students to the use of computing in exploring mathematical ideas. David Vaccaro will teach them the basics of mathematical software Wolfram Mathematica before challenging them to produce their own project, working individually or in small groups to research and investigate a problem of their choice. 

By the end of the first day students will be working on their projects, with all the necessary tools to get started. Individually or in small groups, they will write their own programmes to investigate their chosen subject and will be able to test their models with real–world data. Support and guidance is available throughout and there will be several demonstrations during the week of different tools, mathematical techniques and aspects of the program which may be useful to their project.

Students are encouraged to do work at home and most do develop their projects further in the evenings; they will be given personal access to Wolfram Mathematica as part of the course. On the final afternoon, students will give short presentations about their project.

CREST Awards

Students will have the opportunity to achieve a CREST Award for the project they develop in this Summer School. CREST is a UCAS-endorsed creative project-based STEM enrichment scheme for 11-19 year-olds. All students will be registered for an award and will be assessed during the Summer School. They may need to complete extra work at home in order to achieve an award.

Student details will be passed to the British Science Association in order to register them for a CREST Award. Their presentations will be filmed for use within the Summer School and for CREST Award Assessment purposes. As such, these films will be shared with a representative from the British Science Association. The Ri may also use them for reporting or marketing purposes. If you have any questions, please contact us on

About the speaker

David Vaccaro studied mathematics at King's College Cambridge before undertaking graduate research at Oxford. He is now Head of Department at Highgate School in Kent, and frequently gives Ri Masterclasses in both mathematics and computer science.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 16–18 year–olds. There will be a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break each day; students should bring lunch and a drink. 

Students will get the most benefit from this class if they are able to use their own laptop throughout. If this is not possible, please get in touch with us at

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the start date, and not after students have received a copy of the software used during the course. 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

CREST Accredited

Students on this Summer School course could achieve a Silver CREST Award

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