Discover Technology Academy (Computer Science & Engineering)Explore the fields of computing and engineering in our hands-on Discover Technology course. You’ll learn how to create a website, and will get to design a rocket, as you discover the practical applications of maths and physics in real-world situations.
What’s the best way to build a rocket?
How do you build a great website?
What does the future of science look like?
Explore what a rocket is and the concepts required to design and build simple and complex rockets.
Study how electricity and electromagnets make machines work.
Build a hydraulic system to discover the principles of hydraulics.
Maths in Engineering and Computing
Explore how basic mathematical concepts underpin engineering and computer science.
Introduction to HTML
Discover the basic building blocks of webpages.
Introduction to CSS
Learn about the different ways of styling a website.
Make Your Own Website
Put your HTML and CSS knowledge to the test as you create your own website.
The Future of Science
Discover what the future holds in the Engineering and Computer Science fields.
Put your knowledge to the test as you work as a team to build a basic rocket, using the skills you have developed on the course.
- Can you build a rocket which works?
- Collaborate with the Discover Business students who will brand and market your rocket
- Pitch your rocket to a panel of experts to see who wins the Challenge
On completion of the course, you’ll be awarded your Oxford Scholastica Academy Graduation Certificate at our Graduation Ceremony.
This is held on the final afternoon at the impressive Saïd Business School which we hire for the evening.
Parents are warmly welcome to attend, and the ceremony is followed by dinner.
Meet our Tutor
Farah Shamout BSc Hons
Farah gained her BSc in Computer Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, before coming to pursue her DPhil in Engineering Science at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
- In addition to her work on medical engineering, Farah is also a leading member of the Arab Women in Computing organisation
- Her current research aims to produce a hospital-wide alerting system to assess patients continuously based on “big data” machine learning methods
- Farah is a keen inventor: she has designed a window-cleaning robot for skyscrapers, a smart traffic light controller and a shadows and light storytelling game for disabled children
Please note, our Tutors and Heroes are subject to change.
Meet our Hero
Carlos A. Ríos-Ocampo
You’ll get to meet our Hero, Carlos, who is a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford pursuing a DPhil. in Materials Science.
- Carlos uses engineering skills on a day-to-day basis in his job
- Carlos has a particular specialism in Nanotechnology, Quantum Mechanics and fundamental Physics
- He loves sharing his enthusiasm of Science and its applications for a better future
In addition to your Discover Technology classes, you’ll get to experience our interactive and fun Masterclasses. These sessions will broaden your knowledge and skills.
In this Masterclass you will explore examples of individuals affecting change in a global context, and then learn the tools needed to develop and enact a plan for changing the world yourself.
- Learn some of the ways the world has been changed historically by audacious individuals and groups
- Work with classmates to create an executable plan to create real impact in response to real issues
- Develop real world skills and keep in contact with friends by continuing your cohort’s mission after the summer school ends
Amongst other things, you'll learn about sustainability and how to make a difference in a practical way.
- Gain experience of volunteering
- Develop a personal connection to the Oxford community
- Leave a legacy of your time in Oxford
Oxford Scholastica is all about inspiring you to think about your future at an earlier stage.
You'll one day be faced with a job application process, and we think it's important for you to understand how such a process works. We'll let you know about:
- The kinds of things employers are looking for
- How to demonstrate and fulfil your potential in an application form or CV
- The key stages of putting together a successful job application
Do you want to sharpen your wits and be able to defend your point of view against bright opponents? Our Debating Masterclass is a fun, fast paced and memorable session where you learn to master the fine art of persuading your audience to believe your case. Led by expert debaters, this Masterclass will be followed by a Debating Competition in the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union - you'll be following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa and Michael Jackson!
- Develop your ability to think quickly on your feet to combat opposition points
- Work collaboratively in teams to create and articulate solutions to the big problems
- Improve your self-confidence, speaking and listening skills in this interactive session
In this busy globalised, technology fuelled modern world, it's easy to get stressed out by work and other situations. Led by doctors with backgrounds in Psychology and Psychiatry, this fascinating Masterclass will look at:
- Identifying individual patterns of stress
- Exploring cognitive behavioural theories of stress
- Developing personal toolkits to optimise performance under stressful situations
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|Sunday||ArrivalOur team will be ready to help you settle in at the accommodation. If you are coming from abroad we can happily help to arrange a transfer from the airport||Dinner||Icebreaker eveningAn evening of fun introductory games designed to get you to know your new friends and our staff team|
|Monday||Breakfast||Welcome Talk||Introductory ClassYou'll get your first chance to meet your Tutors who will talk you through the course outline and answer any of your questions||LunchYou'll have the opportunity to visit one of Oxford's many tasty, healthy cafes/restaurants for your lunch each day||Private StudyEach day you'll be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete. Just like an Oxford student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms||Oxford TourWe'll be taking you around the most famous landmarks in Oxford, from the colleges which inspired Harry Potter to the historic city buildings||Dinner||Quiz NightTonight we'll be testing your general knowledge in our Oxford Scholastica Academy Quiz - with prizes for the winning team|
|Tuesday||Breakfast||ClassesOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors||Lunch||Private Study||Success MasterclassLearn the secrets of successful people, as we explore the tips and tricks to become successful, and discover how experiences of failure have driven successful people to stellar achievements.||Dinner||Ice Cream tastingWe'll be visiting George & Danver's (G&D's), Oxford's iconic ice cream shop to taste some of their ice cream - something many Oxford students do regularly!|
|Wednesday||Breakfast||Classes||Lunch||Private Study||Volunteering MasterclassVolunteer your talents to help the local community. We'll be helping to rebuild a children's garden in the south of Oxford, learning about sustainability in action.||Dinner||Shakespeare PlayWe'll be visiting the Saïd Business School's outdoor amphitheatre to watch an evening Shakespeare play as the sun sets|
|Thursday||Breakfast||London Day TripWe'll be visiting London today, spending the morning touring the trendy street art of East London. After lunch in the famous Spitalfields Market, where you'll have a chance to shop in their vintage shopping arcade, we'll be taking in a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre on the banks of the River Thames. We'll conclude with a trip on the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel, where you'll see all the important sights of London||Dinner||London Trip|
|Friday||Breakfast||Classes||Lunch||Private Study||Debating MasterclassOur experts will give you a hands-on introduction to debating. You'll learn the technical side to debating, as well as how to formulate an argument and defend it against opponents. For many students this, and the subsequent competition, is the highlight of the summer school||Dinner||Debating CompetitionThe world-famous Oxford Union will be the scene for our debating competition. You'll be putting into practice what you've learnt in the afternoon, in the setting of the Union which has seen speakers from Winston Churchill to Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan to Mother Teresa, Michael Jackson to Dizzee Rascal!|
|Saturday||Breakfast||Classes||Lunch||The Oxford Scholastica Challenge Afternoon!This is the moment you've been waiting for, as you'll get the chance to apply the knowledge you've learnt so far. From designing and marketing an App (Enterprise and Computer Science) to a Mock Clinic (Young Doctors) to a Model United Nations (Leadership and Debate) to filming a play (English) to designing a Magazine (Creative Writing) to a mock trial (Law), your teamwork skills will be tested to the max in our afternoon of fun Challenges||Dinner||Oxford OlympicsThis evening we'll be hosting our very own Oxford Scholastica Olympic Games. There will be group and individual activities back at the house where we'll challenge you to see which teams can go Faster, Higher, Stronger!|
|Sunday||Breakfast||Private Study||Lunch||Sports CompetitionsThis afternoon you'll have the option to take part in our sporting competitions, including our Football Tournament on an Olympic quality astroturf||Ashmolean Museum visit/Bicester Village Shopping Trip/free timeYou've earned a well-deserved afternoon off! Go shopping with our trip to the Bicester Village designer outlet, or alternatively visit the cinema, or just relax with your friends - the choice is yours. We'll also be holding an optional tour of the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum||Dinner||Evensong/Film NightEach Sunday evening Christ Church Cathedral hold a Sung Evensong sung by the famous Cathedral choir. This event is optional. After evensong there will be a film night back at the accommodation|
|Monday||Breakfast||Classes||Lunch||Private Study||Punting IntroductionA punt is a flat-bottomed, square-ended boat which is powered by submerging a long pole onto the bank of the river and pushing the boat along - or as some people put it, pushing a boat with a stick! It is most commonly seen in Oxford and Cambridge, and is a favourite summer activity of students at Oxford. We'll teach you how to punt along the beautiful banks of North Oxford, passing Lady Margaret Hall and the University Parks, and this is one of our students' favourite events each year||Dinner||Riverside picnicAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford|
|Tuesday||Breakfast||Classes||Lunch||Private Study||You're Hired! Masterclass: Applying for JobsMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the jobs applications process||Dinner||Treasure HuntWe'll be exploring Oxford tonight, with our Treasure Hunt around the city - with prizes for the winning teams!|
|Wednesday||Breakfast||Windsor Castle and Eton College Day TripWe're off to visit Windsor Castle today - the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. We'll then visit Eton College, the most famous school in the world, founded by King Henry VI in 1440||Dinner||Frisbee EveningWe'll be relaxing after our trip by playing frisbee in the local park, who will win our Frisbee Championship this year?|
|Thursday||Breakfast||Classes||Lunch||Private Study||Change Makers MasterclassYou're going to go on to do some amazing things in your life. Learn more about how you can make the world a better place in our Change Makers Masterclass, where you'll discover practical ways to realise your dreams.||Dinner||Oxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show. Which team will win this year's award?|
|Friday||Breakfast||Classes||Lunch||Graduation and Prize GivingWe'll be celebrating your achievements at our Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony and dinner at the famous Saïd Business School, where you'll also receive our Summer School Review which you can get your friends to sign (the equivalent to a Yearbook). Parents and friends are very welcome to attend!||Dinner||Ceilidh DanceDress up and see out our final evening in style ceilidh. A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish Dance, and local band Swinging Molly will be present to play the summer school out|
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This course is perfect for anyone interested in:
- Finding out more about the different aspects of engineering and computer science
- Studying Engineering at university or having a career in Engineering or Computing
- How to apply your mathematical skills in everyday life
- You must be 13 or 14 years old at the start of the course
- You must be motivated and keen to learn
- You should enjoy Maths and Physics, which should be amongst your stronger subjects at school
- You must speak and understand English well. Please contact us if you want to discuss your English level
- You must be able to bring a computer (e.g.: laptop) with you to the summer school