Talks for Schools
We offer a series of free talks for schools on electronic engineering and computer science topics.
Our talks are suitable for students at all levels and the presentations are adapted according to the age and interests of the group. These talks are relevant not only to students studying engineering, computer science and related topics, such as maths and physics, but also for a wider audience, for example as part of a General Studies or careers class, or just as a one-off.
One of our lecturers from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science will come to your school to give the talk. The talks last from 30-60 minutes, adaptable to your requirements. We can generally travel to schools within commuting distance of London.
Researcher in residence
We are also keen to explore ways in which our researchers could take part directly in classes. Researchers from one of our internationally leading research groups could visit your school to give hands-on experience of what being involved in a research project is like. Contact us to discuss ideas.
School talks team and talks on offer
Dr Akram Alomainy is an award winning enthusiastic science communicator participating regularly in science festivals and outreach workshops and events nationally and internationally. His research explores the interaction between antennas & electromagnetic and the human body from large satellite ones through robotics to nano-scale wireless devices. His passion is to promote the power of electromagnetism in turning science fiction to reality and that is apparent by his recent TEDx talk on the same topic. Talks:
- The Magic of Harry Potter
- Body Worn Sensors and the Future of Wearable
Prof Paul Curzon runs cs4fn (Computer Science for Fun) through which he has been enthusing school students about interdisciplinary computer science worldwide for over 10 years. He now jointly leads ‘Teaching London Computing’ developing inspiring activities for computing teachers to use in class. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his excellence in teaching and outreach. He also leads research in the areaofhuman computer interaction and verification focussing on making medical devices safer. Talks:
- Computer Science for Fun talks on computational thinking, magic, artificial intelligence and women in computing
- Computational Thinking and Unplugged Computing Workshops for Teachers
Dr Paulo Oliva is a researcher investigating the interface between Mathematics and Computing, a field also known as theoretical computer science. Paulo talks about computer programming, its origins and development. He is a keen programmer, currently running the school’s programming competition, as well as programming workshops for school kids and teachers using Greenfoot or Scratch. Talks:
- Coding: The language of computers
- Scratch and Greenfoot workshops
Dr William Marsh directs the undergraduate programmes for EECS, has spoken regularly in schools and now jointly leads 'Teaching London Computing', developing courses for teachers delivering new GCSE/A-level computer science curricula. His research develops systems to help decision-makers, with applications in medicine and the safety of systems. His school talks focus on algorithms and the use of computers in society. Talks:
- Should we trust computers?
- Playing games with trees: algorithms and thinking
- Where’s my robot? Probability and algorithms
- Safety, Risk and Computer Systems
Dr Soren Riis is a researcher and "mathemagician" who likes to combine mathematics and magic. His research is on the borderline between mathematics and computer science. His school talks on "magic of computer science" have received standing ovations. He is interested in the limits of robots andtheirintelligence, and has been a beta tester for one of the strongest chess playing programs on the planet. Talks:
- Magic in Computer Science
- Will the robots take over the planet?