School of Informatics

INSPIRE summer school

Our first INSPIRE summer school for S4/Year 11 girls takes place 4-6 July 2016.

The three-day residential course is aimed at 15/16 year old girls who love science and technology and want to “learn new skills and get ahead in the sixth form – and beyond.”

INSPIRE summer schools are organised by participating universities in association with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), a nationwide education charity providing opportunities for young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

The Informatics summer school is the only INSPIRE event for S4/Year 11 girls to be held in Scotland this year.


The itinerary includes lectures, workshops and group projects, including Code On!, Security, Decipher an Alien Language and Fun with Robots, together with a Ghost Bus tour, visit to Camera Obscura and a talk about student life. Recent PhD graduate Sandy Enoch will introduce Marty, the award-winning robot he has developed.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the University campus, see our facilities in the Informatics Forum and nearby Forest Hill, and stay in students accommodation at Pollock Halls.

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We are delighted to be hosting the first ever Inspire course in Informatics. We have assembled a fun itinerary for the girls including programming activities, making robots, and learning how to decipher a foreign language. We are looking forward to having them in our School and sharing our love for science and technology with them.

Professor Mirella LapataChair, Equality and Diversity Committee