Thursday saw a chance for the students to recuperate somewhat from the intense string of activities earlier in the week. The day started off as usual with academic sessions and students were able to bask in the afternoon sunshine as they enjoyed their lunch.
The Engineering students had the opportunity to visit ‘West Cambridge’ in the afternoon – where many of the cutting-edge Physics and Engineering projects are based. This proved to be an insightful visit, headed up by a Cambridge PhD student.
The students were able to catch up on some much-needed rest in preparation for the highly anticipated ‘Quiz Night’. The quiz consisted of several rounds and was compiled by Immerse mentors – it featured a wide range of trivia and popular culture questions. There was also a Cambridge University round which tested whether students could recall the quirkier bits of knowledge they’d learnt during the week. And of course, a round of matching mentors to their baby photos!
The students ended the day in high spirits having thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Quiz Night’ in all its drama. They’re now set to prepare for Sports Day on Friday and have a weekend of excursions to Oxford and/or London to look forward to!Tom Brewin Categories: Blog Tags: immerse, Immerse2019, summer course 30152 Our Engineers ‘in-gear’ at the half-way point of Week 1
Wednesday marks the halfway point of the first week in Cambridge, and the programme is really in full swing now! Today was a full and tiring day filled with intriguing lessons, unusual sports and fine dining.
The academic sessions continued, one engineering class got a chance to visit the fascinating museum of technology with their knowledgeable tutor, while another got to enjoy an exciting guest lecture.
Over lunch some students enjoyed a tour of Sidney Sussex college led by the very knowledgeable mentors Eliza and Rose who gave an insight into what the college is really like as a student. Meanwhile Henry enjoyed a chilled-out picnic on the quaint Christ’s Pieces with some Students.
In the afternoon activity the students got to try a very unique sport called ‘Krashball’. Essentially, each ‘Krashball’ is a large inflatable ball with a hollow centre where you slide inside and wear the Krashball as a backpack. Everyone then plays a game of 5 a side football, where you are very much encouraged to crash into each other sending your opponent flying through the air! Everyone really enjoyed the chance to relax and try something very unique and fun; even the mentors couldn’t resist but to have a go or two!
In the evening the students attended a ‘Formal’ at Sidney Sussex college. The Students dressed up into smart clothes and enjoyed a three-course meal in the beautiful, ancient dining hall of the college. It was a great chance to enjoy one of the most ‘Cambridge’ of traditions and celebrate the end of the first few days with new friends.
Finally, the day ended with a ‘fireside chat’ with all the mentors. This was a very relaxed and informal way for students to ask any question they had about applying to and studying at Cambridge and Oxford. There were mentors from a whole range of subjects across the Arts and Sciences able to answer any question and share all their different experiences!Tom Brewin Categories: Blog Tags: Cambridge, immerse, Krashball, summer 9579 Talent, Talent, Talent…
Thursday 3rd August 2017
The penultimate day of the course began with the students a little more aware that they haven’t long left together. Nonetheless, there is still much to be busy with! Many students have been assigned projects for presentation in their classes, which require a bit of down time from activities and socialising to get right. Today is also the date of the infamous Immerse Education Annual Talent Show; with students (and Mentors, as we will see) bringing the most adeptly skilful talents and impressive acts in all of Cambridge to one venue on one night.
Before that however, students had to get through their classes. At this stage of the week, students have acquired enough background knowledge to reach the more involved content of their courses. Having gone far beyond their school curriculums, students have found themselves being challenged by teachers to think above and beyond the basics of their respective subjects. All of this is an essential part of learning and intellectual development for people their age, and it is especially apposite in orientating those who plan on continuing their studies at university level in the near future.
Some students were able to take a leisurely lunch break, spending the two hours sauntering around Cambridge, or visiting one of the last Colleges which they have not got a chance to peruse over the last two weeks. Others, however, were working hard to put those final touches on their routines for tonight.
At this time, there is a wonderful buzz around College, with the sound of pianos, guitars and the odd stand-up comedy routine permeating through the courts. In the other, quieter and less frequented portions of Christ College, esoteric conversations and debates over the subtleties of academic questions were being had by students – in yet other places still, students we’re just having a laugh with new friends, and reflecting on all they had taken from the past few weeks.
Talent Night lived completely up to its hype – a plethora of music, comedy, weird and wonderful feats of skill were on offer. What was not expected – at least on the part of the Mentees – was the show-stopping and undeniably first-class performance from the Mentors (OK – perhaps it was slightly amateurish at points). I can’t divulge all the details here, but suffice it to say that much fun was had in impersonating Mentees and also through what was a bordering-on-risqué drag act from the guys.
A really great way to finish the penultimate night – though there is still much to do tomorrow!blogger Categories: Blog Tags: Cambridge, immerse, talentshow