13 Day Course | 26 July – 8 August 2020
Students will attend laboratories at Sawston Village College on eight mornings.
Lessons are complemented by supervision sessions with mentors, contextual lectures and a series of visits to help students develop an appreciation of science, both globally and within the cultural scientific context of Cambridge.
- Biology focuses on energy flows within the body, demonstrated through interactive activities and dissections.
- Chemistry lessons focus on electrochemistry and thermochemistry, with experiments on reaction types, fuel yields and circuitry.
- Physics focuses on light energy and energy transfers in circuits. Students explore the role of electromagnetism in industrial contexts.
The second week of the Science Programme focuses on scientific discovery. This consists of open-ended (but guided) scientific investigation, individually or in pairs, with scientific experiments and methodology.
The final morning features an array of practical scientific activities, which previously have included extracting DNA from strawberries in Biology, making an Iodine Clock in Chemistry and learning about Standing Waves in Physics (with aid of a microwave and a chocolate bar!)
Use of Scientific English
- The correct use of Scientific English is a core focus of the programme.
- Students will be encouraged to make contributions in English
- Students will engage with scientific journals, and practice the skill of succinct and accurate record keeping – an essential component of scientific research.
Other Scientific Activities
- Lectures by Cambridge academics act to fuse together the various components of the Science Programme, and encourage students to think widely and deeply.
- Students will participate in a scientific problem solving activity involving forensic analysis.
- Outside of the lab and lecture hall, students participate in evening activities including a Science Quiz, Bridge Building, Rocket Launching and Coding.
- Students attend talks on admissions at Oxford and Cambridge, interview and study skills workshops and a chance to think about Science ‘outside the box’ with a careers-fair style evening.
Mentor supervisions and homework
A team of Mentors, each Cambridge students, serve as academic guides and welfare guardians, with each mentor responsible for a group of 4-7 students. Mentors will supervise their students on trips, outside of the classroom and at meal times.
Students will have supervisions timetabled with their mentor in order to consolidate and extend their learning. The Mentor supervisions are spaces in which students will continue their academic learning in a very free and intimate setting, designed to be comparable where possible to the undergraduate supervision system of Cambridge University.
Fees and Registration
2020 Cohort | 26 July – 8 August 2020
GBP £4,568. This covers:
- Tuition and Teaching Materials
- All meals, including lunches
- Cost of visits and travel to and from the airport
It does not cover air-fares, travel insurance or pocket money.
- Admission to the Cambridge Science Programme is for students aged 12-17 years.
- In some circumstances, we may ask for the applicant to provide a reference from the school and a copy of their latest school report.
- Students from one of our participating schools should apply via their school. (Please follow the School’s own timetable for Applications.)
- For individual applications not linked with our participating schools, please download an Application Form below and return it to us by 31 March 2020.
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