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The Future Computer Scientist Weekend

Ages 12-14 Live Online

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Overview

The Future Computer Scientist Weekend takes students aged 12-14 on an immersive exploration through the world of a computer scientist. The programme offers an interactive experience with top professionals who will guide you through a series of exciting simulations including, creating your own game, defending your company against hackers and rescuing a sports team from bankruptcy using data science. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person at UCL or ‘Live Online’.

You will also be coached on how to become a top computer scientist, with guidance on GCSE choices, extra-curricular activities, work experience and more.

Highlights

Immersive Computer Science Experiences:

  • Design the prototype for a budget gaming computer
  • Create your own game using Scratch after seeing a demonstration from a top software engineer
  • Use cybersecurity and social engineering to defend your company from an evil corporation
  • Come up with an innovative software idea, then plan the steps and stack that will make it real
  • Rescue London F.C. from bankruptcy using data science, analysis and logic
  • Learn to think like a computer scientist

    Why should I attend?

    • Experience a unique, immersive insight into one of the world’s most prestigious careers
    • Meet successful computer scientists and ask them all your burning questions
    • Coaching on a how to become a top computer scientist
    • Valuable work experience even before you turn 16

    An audience with Top Computer Scientists?

    • Q&A time with a selection of leading computer scientists from a range of disciplines
    • Unlimited lifetime access to our guidance and expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

    Boost Your University Applications and CV

    • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, commercial awareness and the ability to apply theoretical concepts
    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

    Fees, Eligibility and Options

    This programme is for students aged 12-14. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person or ‘Live Online’; the content is very similar for both.

    Programme Fee:

    'Live Online’: £165/student for both days.

    In-Person: £165/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2) OR £295/student for both days

    There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited. 

    Day 1: Inside a Computer

    Day 2: Data, Cybersecurity and Career Coaching

    Day 1: Inside a Computer

    10.30amThe World of a Computer Scientist

    - What is Computer Science?
    - How have computers and computer science revolutionised the way we live
    - Discover why computers have become indispensable in all areas of life

    11.00amWhat’s Under the Hood: Deconstructing the Computer

    - Understanding CPUs, memory processors, graphics cards and logic gates
    - Work within a strict budget to compare different hardware choices and design a top-performing computer
    - Put it through its paces: can your newly-designed computer live up to the stresses and strains of the biggest games on the market?

    11.30amThe Fundamentals of Programming (Part I): Programming Pillars

    - Discover the core pillars of all programming languages
    - Master functions, conditionals, variables, operators and much more
    - Put yourself in the shoes of a computer scientist: a deep-dive into Scratch

    12.30pmLunch Break

    1.30pmThe Fundamentals of Programming (Part II): Programming Practice

    - Create your own original video game using Scratch
    - Present it to your peers to discuss new ideas and share your knowledge
    - Compete to register high scores and pitch your game to top industry professionals

    3.15pmPanel Q&A

    - Take part in a live panel Q&A with industry experts
    - Meet successful computer scientists across a variety of disciplines and ask all your burning questions
    - Build your network and receive valuable advice on your pathway into computer science

    4.00pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    Day 2: Data, Cybersecurity and Career Coaching

    10.30amThe Roles in Computer Science

    - Roles and responsibilities of a computer scientist
    - The vital role computers scientists play in shaping our world
    - Industries in computer science and how to access them

    11.00amThe World of Cybersecurity

    - Learn the main concepts of cybersecurity
    - What are the main threats on the internet and where can you be caught out?
    - Hackers: Who are they and what do they do?

    11.45amYou Become the 'White Hat' Hacker

    - Ethical hacking: play defence against cybercriminals
    - Simulate a cyberattack to identify vulnerabilities in a ‘secure’ network
    - Penetration testing: compete against your peers and work under time pressure to hack into a specially-designed ‘secure’ website or app

    12.45pmLunch

    1.45pmData Science & AI

    - What is data and what purpose does it serve?
    - How to analyse data and explain it to non-data scientists
    - Perform a real data analysis to help an under-performing professional sports team

    3.15pmCareer Coaching: How to Become a Successful Computer Scientist

    - Interactive session dedicated to your personal career path. Detailed advice on:
    - GCSE/A-level/degree/university choices
    - Excelling in the UCAS process
    - Extra-curricular activity choices
    - Work Experience options
    - Career path options for the computer scientists of the future

    4.00pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    Venues, Dates & Locations

    London, UK

    In-Person

    11th-12th December 2021

    University College London (UCL)

    Gower Street

    Bloomsbury

    WC1E 6BT

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    Live Online

    In-Person

    11th - 12th December 2021

    10:30am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    In-Person

    11th-12th December 2021

    University College London (UCL)

    Gower Street

    Bloomsbury

    WC1E 6BT

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    Online

    11th - 12th December 2021

    10:30am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    AmbitionX

    As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

    COVID-19 Group

    We do not anticipate any Covid-related issues preventing us from delivering the in-person programme. Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic (including during the summers of 2020 and 2021), with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

    In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 

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