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The Royal Institution is the home of science in the heart of London, with a packed programme of accessible science for adults, children, families and schools.
Through talks in our world famous theatre, leading scientists and cultural commentators explore the latest amazing science and the way in which it shapes our lives.

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26.07.2019

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Friday 26 July

Summer Schools: Chases and escapes (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will explore the curvy maths behind giving chase.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: Loudspeakers and acoustics (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will explore the concepts underpinning acoustic devices and will have a go at making their own speakers.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Summer Schools: Photon bug coding (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students will build an autonomous light seeking robot – a photon bug.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: Chases and escapes (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will explore the curvy maths behind giving chase.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Summer Schools: Loudspeakers and acoustics (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will explore the concepts underpinning acoustic devices and will have a go at making their own speakers.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Monday 29 July

Magnets and motors (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students build an electromagnet and construct two types of motor to learn how electricity and magnetism are linked.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Tuesday 30 July

Magnets and motors (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year-olds, students build an electromagnet, and construct two types of motor to learn how electricity and magnetism are linked.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 16–18

Thursday 01 August

Summer Schools: Intro to the BBC Micro:bit (age 7–9)

Learn to use to the BBC Micro:bit in this computer science workshop for 7–9 year-olds.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: Drones (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students will explore flight dynamics using microdrones.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: The enigma of cryptography (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year-olds, students will learn about historical codes and ciphers, making use of a working WWII Enigma machine.

When:

10.30am to 4.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 16–18

LYSC Summer Schools: Extract your own DNA (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students learn about DNA and enzymes, and make their own DNA necklace.

When:

11.00am to 1.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: Intro to the BBC Micro:bit (age 10–12)

Learn to use to the BBC Micro:bit in this computer science workshop for 10–12 year-olds.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

LYSC Summer Schools: Extract your own DNA (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students are introduced to enzymes, DNA structure, using equipment usually found at degree level.

When:

2.00pm to 4.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops

Audience:

Age 10–12

Friday 02 August

Summer Schools: The enigma of cryptography (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds students will learn about historical codes and ciphers, making use of a working WWII Enigma machine.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: Making music and sound with BBC Micro:bit (age 13–15)

Learn to make music the BBC Micro:bit in this computer science workshop for 13–15 year-olds.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: Shaping up (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will build and explore platonic solids.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

LYSC Summer Schools: Cosmetic chemistry (age 7–9)

In this workshop, for 7–9 year-olds, students will be introduced to pH, neutralisation, solubility and changes of state.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: Shaping up (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will build and explore platonic solids.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Monday 05 August

Summer Schools: VEX robotic rover challenge (age 10–12)

Explore the basics of robotics in this hands on engineering workshop for ages 10–12.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Summer Schools: Introduction to robotics (age 14–18)

In this week-long Summer School for 14–18 year-olds, students will investigate the many aspects of product development in order to design and build two specialised robots.

When:

10.30am to 4.30pm for five days

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 14–18

Summer Schools: Coding in 3D (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year-olds, students will find out how computers and coding are used to make 3D environments.

When:

10.30am to 4.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 16–18

LYSC Summer Schools: Cosmetic chemistry (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will be introduced to pH, neutralisation, solubility and changes of state.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Summer Schools: VEX robotic rover challenge (age 10–12)

Explore the basics of robotics in this hands on engineering workshop for ages 10–12.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Masters of Science: Chris Stringer

Join Chris Stringer in conversation with Clive Cookson as he discusses his life and work.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Tuesday 06 August

Summer Schools: KNEX rocket car challenge (age 10–12)

Build and test your own air powered rocket car in this hands on engineering workshop for ages 10–12.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Summer Schools: Byte sized computing (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students will use a range of programming tools to explore computer graphics, codes and ciphers.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: Crash testing (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will make and test crash-safe vehicles and explore the science of car crashes.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

LYSC Summer Schools: Cosmetic chemistry (age 7–9)

In this workshop, for 7–9 year-olds, students will be introduced to pH, neutralisation, solubility and changes of state.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: KNEX rocket car challenge (age 10–12)

Build and test your own air powered rocket car in this hands on engineering workshop for ages 10–12.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Summer Schools: Crash testing (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will make and test crash-safe vehicles and explore the science of car crashes.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

The Wonderstruck rocket show

Join Wonderstruck's Peter Wright to find out, on a journey from Ancient China to modern space tourism.

When:

6.00pm to 7.15pm, The Theatre

Type:

Family and young people, Talks

Audience:

Ages 7+

Wednesday 07 August

Summer Schools: Skateboards to starships (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year-olds, students will explore how the laws of motion take us into space and beyond.

When:

10.30am to 4.30pm

Type:

Family and young people, Workshops

Audience:

Age 16–18

Summer Schools: Puzzles, mazes and turtle shapes (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will have a go at getting creative with a simple computer program to solve puzzles and problems.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

LYSC Summer Schools: Forensics (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students experience hands-on the science of a forensic lab.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age age 13–15

Summer Schools: Puzzles, mazes and turtles (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will have a go at getting creative with a simple computer program to solve puzzles and problems.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

The most dangerous scientist in history

Join Frank Close as he explains the physics and the espionage of the most dangerous spy in history.

When:

7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Theatre

Type:

Talks

Thursday 08 August

Summer Schools: Skateboards to starships (age 13–15)

In this workshop for 13–15 year-olds, students will explore how the laws of motion take us into space and beyond.

When:

10.30am to 3.30pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 13–15

Summer Schools: Coding from scratch (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will use graphics to help develop their ideas into real, working computer programs.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

Summer Schools: Feel the power (age 7–9)

In this workshop for 7–9 year-olds, students will explore the exciting world of electricity and power.

When:

10.30am to 12.45pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 7–9

LYSC Summer Schools: Forensics (age 16–18)

In this workshop for 16–18 year-olds, students experience hands-on the science of a forensic lab.

When:

11.00am to 3.00pm, L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 16–18

Summer Schools: Feel the power (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will explore the exciting world of electricity and power.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12

Summer Schools: Coding for the web (age 10–12)

In this workshop for 10–12 year-olds, students will explore some simple computer programs and get started with developing their own.

When:

2.00pm to 4.15pm

Type:

Workshops, Family and young people

Audience:

Age 10–12