Clare James
Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment Office
University College London
Gower Street

T: 020 7679 5758
E: clare.james@ucl.ac.uk

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Junior Masterclasses (Years 10-11)

Junior Masterclasses give you a taste of learning at university. Pick from a range of academic subjects – you could choose a subject you study at school, or a completely new subject.

The masterclasses are entertaining, hands-on sessions run by UCL academics. You’ll get the chance to look around UCL, and you’ll meet other young people from across London.

View and print the Junior Masterclasses poster.

Applications for the Year 10 and 11 masterclasses in the February half-term have now closed.

Details of sessions that we will be offering can below: 

Date Time Title
Monday 16 February 2015
11:00 - 13:00

Through the Fantastical Looking Glass: the Victorian and Modern Monsters Among Us

This masterclass will delve into the darkly fantastical realm of Victorian and Modern Monsters.

Why are we terrified of Dracula, and yet adore Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries? How have vampires and zombies developed from the Victorian Age to our contemporary time?

We will explore the ways in which Victorian monsters reflected the repressed fears, uncertainties, frustrations, and elicit desires of Victorian society. We will see how repressed concerns around imperialism, urbanization, capitalism, Darwinism, and class stratification found expression in the form of these bizarre yet disturbingly familiar monsters.

Monday 16 February 2015

14:00 - 16:00

Roman Drama and Theatre

Get a taste of Roman theatre and try out for yourself whether Roman drama is still appealing to modern audiences!

This masterclass will introduce students to the world of early Roman theatre. We will explore what a Roman theatre looked like and how we come to know about it. We will also learn about the plays performed more than 2,000 years ago and check whether we still find them attractive. We will see the enormous influence of classical theatre on later European drama and the ways in which we can learn about the ancient world.

Tuesday 17 February 2015
11:00 - 13:00

Why does peanut brittle break and caramel flow? A sweet understanding of glaciers, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes (FULLY BOOKED)

From the deep mantle far beneath our feet, to explosive volcanism and ice sheets and glaciers at the highest peaks, many of earth’s major processes depend on the viscosity of its building blocks. This Masterclass aims to explore what viscosity means through a hands-on approach. We will also look at how the earth flows and fractures by using one of the best tools for visualizing magma in the lab…golden syrup!

Wednesday 18 February 2015
 11:00 - 13:00

East meets West: Central and Eastern European Economies (FULLY BOOKED)

Develop an understanding of the process of economic development and growth into a well-functioning market economy.

Poverty and inequality will also be discussed and their links to economic growth will be investigated.

The class will focus on examples from the recent experience of economies in Central and Eastern Europe.

Wednesday 18 February 2015
14:00 - 16:00

What does Maths tell us about the world? (FULLY BOOKED)

How can maths help you win at baseball? How do prime numbers keep your bank details secret? What's the best strategy for pirates dividing up their gold? Can you make a beanie hat as strong as a crash helmet? How do thousands of fireflies know how to flash in time with each other? Maths is the best tool to solve all of these problems. This masterclass explores these and many more of the amazing things maths can tell us about the world.

Friday 20 February 2015
 14:00 - 16:00

Microhydro: Energy of the future (FULLY BOOKED)

An interactive workshop based on current energy generation and the principle behind converting kinetic energy into electrical. Possible future trends in energy will then be looked at, with a firm focus on renewable sources by noting the risk of global warming and the increasing shortages of fossil fuels.

The principles discussed in the presentation will then be put in action though building a small hydroelectric generator.

We also run Junior Masterclasses for pupils in years 8 and 9.