Information for Schools and Teachers
Have you ever wondered what Computer Science is really all about? Here we offer a number of opportunities for schools, ICT teachers and the general public to find out more about Computer Science. Our staff engage in a number of public outreach activities during the year, including guest lectures and media appearances. Also, we participate in summer schools for post-GCSE and organise special events for local schools, by arrangement.
Masterclasses for Schools
We offer three different masterclasses, designed mainly for students in school years 10-12. Each masterclass lasts for one and a half hours, and gives you hands-on experience using computers to do something exciting. Each masterclass can take a maximum of 15 students, plus accompanying staff from their school. Choose from one of the following:
- Building 3D Worlds in Virtual Reality
- Lego Robot Soccer Programming Challenge
- Design Your Own Pac-Man Computer Game
- email : Contact our outreach programme.
Summer School Programme
We participate in two national summer schools for post-GCSE students interested in following a future career in Science and Engineering. These are residential and happen during the first weeks of the summer vacation in July each year. Each summer school offers attendees an insight into life and work in our Science and Engineering departments.
As part of the deal, students get to take one or more of the masterclasses in computing, as described above. But there are also social activites, such as a meal out or a trip to the local bowling alley.
- Headstart Engineering Summer School
- Aim Higher Summer School
Schools Robot Lego Competition
Every Autumn, Sheffield University hosts the local Lego League competition for school pupils in years 7-11. This attracts many teams from Sheffield schools and is hosted by Professor Noel Sharkey, well known for his TV appearances on Robot Wars and the Robot Olympics.
The challenge each year is to devise a Lego robot that can perform certain tasks in the arena. Robots are judged for their engineered design, as well as their programmed capabilities! Teams build and test their robots at their school or club, then come to Sheffield for the local finals in a whole day of exciting activities.
Our staff accept invitations to speak at various local events, such as National Science Week in March each year The guest lectures last about an hour and often include demonstrations of the latest research. Recent lecturers have included:
- Prof. Fabio Ciravegna: Jets, music festivals and flying drones. And you thought that computing was boring? (click here for Prof. Ciravegna's outreach page)
- Prof. Roger Moore: Computers that can speak and hear
- Dr. Dawn Walker: The virtual human - when chips are good for you