Computer Science Summer School in Cambridge

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Academic exploration for 13-15 years old

Computer Science Summer Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Computer Science
  • Fee: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge University colleges

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Computer Science Summer School Course 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 computer science summer school 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.

Cambridge Computer Science Summer School Program 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 technologies that allow us to communicate instantly with friends around the world 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 topics in an interesting and engaging way. The Computer Science summer programme provides participants with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of the discipline, preparing them for further exploration of Computer Science topics at a higher level.

On this two-week residential computer science summer programme in one of Cambridge University’s historical colleges, our tutors will work closely with participants to introduce them to the fascinating world of computer science, breaking down complex topics into manageable pieces and allowing them to develop real practical skills.

Immerse is an inspirational academic computer science programme in Cambridge for the intellectually curious

Computer Science Summer School Key Benefits

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

Experience machine learning models in action and discuss the untapped potential of Artificial Intelligence

Encrypt, decode, and authenticate information whilst exploring the complex world of cryptography

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

Understand the complexity of algorithms as the fundamental building blocks of modern computing

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

Topics Covered

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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 expertise 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 delve into 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 an insight into:

  • 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 computer science summer 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 on 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.

Computer Science Summer School Course Outcomes

Immerse Education’s summer programme 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 interweave 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.

Emphasis is 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 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 Immerse at the end of their Computer Science summer programme, participants will feel challenged, having been exposed to complex Computer Science theories. They will have a good feel for the pace of learning they can expect in future study, and will have gained a better understanding of their own role as an independent learner.

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In completing the computer science summer school 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
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Case Studies

Erik Enger Carlson , United Kingdom United Kingdom

2017 Computer Science Alumnus

Erik participated in our Computer Science programme in 2017. Here's what he has to say about his time with Immerse Education:

With the computer science that I in part learned at Immerse I have now created multiple digital services and companies. Among others the service Catchergames.com, a team building game which has now been used by thousands of students and has helped them develop more of a community at their University, high school or summer camp.

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With Immerse I got to meet and learn from ambitious people from all the world and I now hope to bring my services to even more people.

Learn more about our alumni's exciting journeys on our Alumni Success page

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. 

Ready to enrol?

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

4th – 17th August 2019

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

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

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

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