COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science Summer School in Cambridge

COMPUTER

SCIENCE

Academic exploration for 13-15 years old

Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Computer Science
  • Price: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge, UK
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Summary

cambridge computer science summer school

The impact of computer science is present behind the scenes of the some of the greatest innovations of the twenty-first century. One need only consider smartphone operating systems like IOS or Android, the emergence of cryptocurrency, or telecommunications that allow us to see friends sometimes thousands of miles away to see how it plays a vital role in our everyday life.

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But with so many applications, it can be difficult to know where one’s passion lies. That’s why participants who choose to enrol on our computer science programme are given the chance to explore a variety of computer science topics in an interesting and engaging way.

On this two-week residential programme in one of Cambridge’s historical colleges, our tutors will work closely with participants to introduce them to the fascinating world of computer science, giving them and in-depth understanding and allowing them to develop real practical skills.

Summary

The impact of computer science is present behind the scenes of the some of the greatest innovations of the twenty-first century. One need only consider smartphone operating systems like IOS or Android, the emergence of cryptocurrency, or telecommunications that allow us to see friends sometimes thousands of miles away to see how it plays a vital role in our everyday life.

But with so many applications, it can be difficult to know where one’s passion lies. That’s why participants who choose to enrol on our computer science programme are given the chance to explore a variety of computer science topics in an interesting and engaging way.

On this two-week residential programme in one of Cambridge’s historical colleges, our tutors will work closely with participants to introduce them to the fascinating world of computer science, giving them and in-depth understanding and allowing them to develop real practical skills.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Key Facts

Explore the science behind Facebook and Google’s facial-recognition software

See machine learning models in action and discuss the virtually untapped potential of AI

Encrypt, decode, and authenticate information as you learn about the complex world of cryptography

Discuss new developments in cryptocurrency, critically analysing the strengths and weakness of blockchain technology

Get comfortable with algorithms, the fundamental building blocks of modern computing

See how modern operating systems handle scheduling, multitasking, memory management, and security

Topics Covered

The field of computer science is as varied as it is interesting. Therefore, we’ve handpicked some of the most relevant and exciting topics to give our participants a unique educational experience that comprises a broad range of theoretical knowledge and abilities that can be applied in numerous innovative industries. Participants might look at cyber security, learn about decrypting encrypted messages, create and analyse small programs for security, develop critical thinking skills, learn about blockchain and gain insight into the different coding languages used today.

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Participants will also look at machine learning and other exciting developments in the field of computer science, explore databases and operating systems, and look at the engineering of a motherboard and its components.

The Computer Science programme will give students a thorough understanding of:

  • Operating systems
  • Databases
  • Programming languages
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Encryption and practical applications (i.e. Bitcoin)
  • Developments in Computer Science
  • Machine Learning

Topics Covered

The field of computer science is as varied as it is interesting. Therefore, we’ve handpicked some of the most relevant and exciting topics to give our participants a unique educational experience that comprises a broad range of theoretical knowledge and abilities that can be applied in numerous innovative industries. Participants might look at cyber security, learn about decrypting encrypted messages, create and analyse small programs for security, develop critical thinking skills, learn about blockchain and gain insight into the different coding languages used today.

Participants will also look at machine learning and other exciting developments in the field of computer science, explore databases and operating systems, and look at the engineering of a motherboard and its components.

The Computer Science programme will give students a thorough understanding of:

  • Operating systems
  • Databases
  • Programming languages
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Encryption and practical applications (i.e. Bitcoin)
  • Developments in Computer Science
  • Machine Learning

The Immerse programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

Course Outcomes

Immerse Education’s summer programmes offers a glimpse into what it would be like to study computer science. Students will be given all the tools they need to begin seriously studying computer science at a higher level. Instruction has been designed to interleave different teaching methods, engaging students in both hands-on, practical computer science challenges, as well as guided instruction from expert tutors. This varied approach helps to solidify knowledge gained through lectures and can help make new ideas more permanent.

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However, all this knowledge would be somewhat ineffectual without understanding how it can be applied to real problems. As such, recurring emphasis will be placed on the real-world application of theory, showing how individual computer science skills map to specific job opportunities and industries. Additionally, computer science students will also be assigned a larger, overarching coding project designed to give them a feel for the kinds of computing problems they’ll encounter outside the walls of a classroom.

Leaving Cambridge at the end of their Computer Science summer programme, students will be working with entry-level undergraduate material, will have a good feel for the pace of learning they can expect in university, and will have gained a better understanding of their own role as an independent learner.

In completing the course, students will:

  • Decrypt encrypted messages
  • Create and analyse small programs for security
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Gain a broad understanding of the different programming languages as their applications
  • Explore the developments in the field of computer science
  • Be able to make an informed decision about their future studies

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Course Outcomes

Immerse Education’s summer programmes offers a glimpse into what it would be like to study computer science. Students will be given all the tools they need to begin seriously studying computer science at a higher level. Instruction has been designed to interleave different teaching methods, engaging students in both hands-on, practical computer science challenges, as well as guided instruction from expert tutors. This varied approach helps to solidify knowledge gained through lectures and can help make new ideas more permanent.

However, all this knowledge would be somewhat ineffectual without understanding how it can be applied to real problems. As such, recurring emphasis will be placed on the real-world application of theory, showing how individual computer science skills map to specific job opportunities and industries. Additionally, computer science students will also be assigned a larger, overarching coding project designed to give them a feel for the kinds of computing problems they’ll encounter outside the walls of a classroom.

Leaving Cambridge at the end of their Computer Science summer programme, students will be working with entry-level undergraduate material, will have a good feel for the pace of learning they can expect in university, and will have gained a better understanding of their own role as an independent learner.

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In completing the course, students will:

  • Decrypt encrypted messages
  • Create and analyse small programs for security
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Gain a broad understanding of the different programming languages as their applications
  • Explore the developments in the field of computer science
  • Be able to make an informed decision about their future studies

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Request Further Information


Ready to enrol?

The Computer Science Summer School is available on the following dates:

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019

The Computer Science Programme takes place in the following locations

Queens' College
University of Cambridge

Queens' spans both sides of the River Cam and is connected by the famous mathematical bridge.

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Founded in 1448

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Fitzwilliam College
University of Cambridge

Fitzwilliam has existed since 1869 was only recognised as a college from 1966. It counts 11 Olympians among its alumni.

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Founded in 1966

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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