Week 1    2nd - 6th July

Ages 12 - 14

  • Chemistry
  • Young Biologists
  • Computer Science
  • Robotics*
  • Civil Engineering with Physics*

Week 2   9th - 13th July

Ages 12 - 14

  • Chemistry
  • Young Biologists
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering with Physics
  • Robotics

*Please note the content for this strand is repeated in week two, please choose a different strand for your second week

Week 1   2nd - 6th July

Ages 15 - 17

  • Chemistry
  • Bioscience
  • Biomedical Science
  • Mechanical Engineering+
Outreach Lab. Lord Mandelson visit.

Week 2    9th - 13th July

Ages 15 - 17

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemical Engineering +
Imperial College London, Reach Out Lab, 17/11/2012


+ If choosing this strand in week one, we recommend choosing the accompany strand marked + in week 2


Chemistry  is  all  around  us,  especially  in  the  food  we  eat  and  the  perfumes  we  use  on  ourselves  and  our  surroundings.  This  course  will  explore  the   chemistry  of  smell  and  taste  to  provide  you  with  a  new  understanding  of  the  invisible  world  of  chemistry  and  the  creation  of  natural  products.  From   the  biochemistry  of  our  senses  to  the  different  ways  in  which  synthetic  and  natural  flavours  can  be  used,  get  ready  to  get  hands‐on  with  practical   investigations  from  the  start  of  the  course.  This  course  is  tailored  for  both  ages  12-14  and  15-17  year  old  students,  and  during  the  week  you  will  learn  vital  STEM  skills  such  as  lab  techniques,  team-work  and  developing  experiments  to  investigate  theories.

Suitable for age 12-14 and 15­‐17

Computer Science  

This programme  will  start  by  introducing  you  to  the  general  field  of  artificial  intelligence,  and  will  then  focus  on  specific  state-of-the-art  techniques.   More  specifically,  you will  learn  about  deep  learning,  what  neural  networks  are,  how you  can  design,  implement  and  customize  them,  and  ultimately   how  you  can  train  them  to behave  in  specific  ways.  In  order  to  better  understand  their  limits  of  performance,  the  programme  will  also  touch  on  several general  machine‐learning  ideas.  At  the  end  of  the  programme,  you  should  have  sufficient  knowledge  and  skills,  to  build  your  own  deep  learning solutions,  given  any  new  set  of  problems.

Suitable for age 12-­14 and 15-­17

Young Biologists

As  young  biologists  you  will  observe  the  amazing  microscopic  and  macroscopic  world  of  living  things.  We'll  be  growing  our  own  microorganisms  and   testing  just  how  effective  antibiotics  are.  Have  you  ever  wanted  to  touch  and  hold  a  real  heart  or  lung?  Well this is your opportunity as we move into   the dissections.  We'll  also  look  at  the  molecule  that  makes  us  us,  as  we  extract  DNA.  This programme  will  also  introduce  you  to  how  innovations  in bioscience  have  been  central  to  the  production  and  protection  of  food  resources  and  designing  new  technologies  to  improve  human  health.  Develop   a  range  of  STEM  skills  through  investigating,  questioning  and  working  in  teams  to  discover  the  science  of  our  living  world.

Suitable for age 12-­14


Technology is changing the way that engineers think.  The  future  of  successful  economies  depends  on  those  who  are  able  to  design  and  build   innovative  technology.  This  course  focuses  on  the  engineering  design  process  and  the  learning  habits  of  mind.  Taking  thought  to  working  prototype,   making  ‘things’  that  work  and  making  ‘things’  work  better  using  innovative construction  and  automation  kits.

Suitable  for  age  12-14  (recommended  students  choose  Civil  Engineering  and  Physics  for week two)

Civil Engineering and Physics

Civil  Engineers  design,  construct  and  maintain  many  essential  public  and  private  infrastructures  and  systems  such  as  roads,  railways,  buildings  and   even  water  and  sewage  systems.  The  work  of  a  Physicist  ranges  from  applications  in  the  very  university  this  strand  is  delivered  in,  to  applications   beyond  our  planet!  During  this  strand  you  will  explore  the  innovative  world  of  civil  engineers  and  physicists  through  both  classroom  and  practical   work.  Through  hands  on  activities  you  will  be  challenged,  develop  team‐work  skills  and  learn  about  the  fascinating  world  of  engineering  and  physics.

Suitable  for  age  12-­14  (recommended  students  choose  Robotics  for week two)

Biomedical Science

Solve  a  crime  case  or  two  during  your  one  week  with  the  Biomedical  Sciences  Department,  whilst  being  introduced  to  current  medical  health  issues including  tropical  diseases.  The  many  hands  on  activities  involves  an  array  of  medical  sciences  techniques,  whilst  the  accompanying  lectures  explain   their  underlying  principles  and  uses  in  different  scenarios including  diagnosis  of  diseases  or  even  in  solving  murder  cases.  The week will include a field visit to a healthcare facility.

Suitable for age 15-­17

Environmental Science

This  programme  will  help  you  understand  and  appreciate  human  impacts  on  the  planet,  and  the  steps  we  can  all  take  to  limit  these  impacts.  It  will  cover   topics  such  as  pollution,  climate  change,  and  biodiversity  loss,  and  take  a  look  at  some  of  the  new  and  exciting  approaches  to  sustainable   environmental  management  that  are  being  developed  to  combat  human  impacts.  It  will  be  activity  based,  and  you  will  do  things  such  as  running   computer  simulations  of  your  own  carbon  footprint,  and  look  at  animals  ranging  in  size  from  tiny  insects  to  elephants.

Suitable for age 15-­17


This  programme  will  introduce  you  to  how  innovations  in  biosciences  has  been  central  to  the  production  and  protection  of  food  resources  and   designing  new technologies  to  improve  human  health.  The  programme  will  cover  topics  such  as  climate‐smart  plants,  post-harvest  technology,   molecular  farming,  genetics,  microbiology,  nutrition  and  public  health.  Some  of  the  activities  include  plant  growth  monitoring  for  drought  and   salinity  tolerant  plants,  edible  coatings  that  protect  fruits  and  vegetables,  production  of  animal  vaccines  using  plants as  bio‐factories,  microbiology  techniques  for  food  contaminants and  sustainable  ingredients  for  future  foods.

Suitable for age 15-­17

Mechanical Engineering  

Mechanical  Engineers  can  work  on  everything  from  product  research  and  development  to  design  and  manufacture.  In  this  strand  you  will  become   pragmatic  scientists  for  the  week  using  the  engineering  design  process  to  solve  several  challenges.  The  course  aims  to  provide  practical  experience  to   complement  theoretical  understanding  of  engineering.  You  will  need  to  employ  the  best  of  your  project  management,  problem  solving  and   mechanical  design  skills  to  work  together  for  a  successful  outcome  at  the  end  of  the  week!

Suitable  for  age 15-­17  recommended  students  choose  Chemical  Engineering  for week two)

Chemical Engineering 

Chemical  Engineering  can  be  defined  as  the  processing  of  materials  on  a  commercial  scale,  ranging  from  traditional  commodities  and  utilities  through   to  modern,  high  added-‐value  products.  This  involves  the  integration  of  engineering  principles  and  applications  with  chemistry  and  other  sciences.   Additionally,  environmental  issues  related  to  process  industries  feature  as  important  aspects  of  the  discipline  in  line  with  the  growing  need  to   harmonize  industrial  and  commercial  activities  with  the  protection  and  enhancement  of  the environment.  By  participating  in  the  chemical   engineering  strand,  you’ll  be  exposed  to  the  fundamentals  of  chemical  engineering  such  as  mass  and  energy  balances,  up‐scaling  of  processes,  and   generation  of  process  flow‐sheets.  There  will  be  opportunities  to  be  involved  in  practical  hands‐on  activities  related  to  chemical  engineering  and  an   industrial  site  visit.  Ultimately,  the  strand  aims  to  impart  an  awareness  of  chemical  engineering  and  the  key  technical  skills  needed  at  a  level  suitable   for  pre-­‐University  students.

Suitable  for  age 15-­17  recommended  students  choose  Mechanical  Engineering  for week one)