Summer Schools: The magic of computer science (age 7–9)

10.30am to 12.45pm, Wednesday 24 July

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 7–9

  • Speakers

    • Paul Curzon


Standard £30

Ri Young Members £25.50

Event description

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.

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.

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.

Paul 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 and is aimed at those with little or no experience of computer coding.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

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.


Workshops are on the first floor of our building, for which there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, or if you have any other questions, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email:

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

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