Our latest Royal Institution Computer Science Masterclasses


On Saturday the 10th of March we brought down the curtain on the latest of our Royal Institution Computer Science Masterclass series at the University of Essex’ Colchester campus and we are hugely grateful not only to Professor Hu of UoE for leading this final session, but also to Richard Murrell from BBC News for agreeing to come along to speak to gathered students and their parents on the day about careers in digital media.


Over the last few weeks we’ve seen year 9 students from schools across the county coming along to the University to enjoy these two and a half hour-long Saturday morning workshops, led by a mixture of industry and academic presenters. We look to presenters to make the workshops enjoyable and stretching for students and to highlight the variety of careers and disciplines open to students in the future.

We would like to thank all of our presenters that kindly agreed to be part of these exciting sessions: Philip Cheung from University Centre Colchester (Cisco Packet Trace Simulator), Ben Dornan of the Royal Institution itself (Computer Modelling), Mark Backler from Lost Words Game (Games Design), Dee Amos from American Airlines (Astrophotography) and of course Professor Hu (Cloud Robotics).

Students have had the opportunity to control Mars Rovers, to design their own computer games, to take a look around the University’s Robotics Lab and of course to learn from the experts presenting each session. At Saturday’s final session we also invited parents along to let them know what their children have been up to each week, to hear about the sector evidence about careers in the digital sector, and to hear from Richard Murrell about how the delivery of news has changed over the course of his career.