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For ambitious and curious young people who wish to study

Science, Engineering or Maths at university

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STEM doesn't have to be boring

Our innovative project-based curriculum encourages young people to discover how the world is constructed through conducting practical experiments, solving non-trivial problems and creating their own products. Students get an engaging introduction to advanced STEM topics that go well beyond the school curriculum and support applications for STEM subjects at top universities.

We also run STEM engagement events at schools, provide free STEM education resources and run competitions for young people.

Who are we?

Oxbridge Inspire is founded by researchers from top institutions who believe strongly that STEM education can be improved by engaging young people in topical real-world problems.

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The Mathematics behind Cryptography

Cambridge, 16-20 July

Learn about cyphers through history and learn the mathematics underpinning modern encryption.

For 14-18-year-olds with a keen interest in Mathematics, puzzles and problem-solving. More advanced students have the opportunity to tackle degree-level mathematical problems.

Topics covered: Modular Arithmetic, Combinatorics, Number Theory, Algorithms, RSA algorithm

University Support Package

Includes review of personal statement and a mock interview either by skype or in person.

PART 1

Ciphers through history, modular arithmetic

  • Encoding and decoding
  • Substitution and transposition
  • Vigenère
  • Public keys and secrets
  • Modular arithmetic

PART 2

Enigma, factorisation, primes

  • Enigma
  • Bombes and computational code cracking
  • Primes, Euler's totient function, Fermat's little theorem

PART 3

RSA, modern cryptography

  • RSA and testing for primes
  • Implications of quantum computing
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Ethics of cryptography

Engineering and Physics with Autonomous Cars

Cambridge, 30 July - 3 August

Learn important STEM and design prinicples by making your own autonomous car.

For 14-18-year-olds with a keen interest in STEM subjects and hoping to pursue STEM subjects at degree level.

Domains/Topics covered: Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Programming, Linear algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Electricity, Kinematics, General relativity, Special relativity.

University Support Package

Includes review of personal statement and a mock interview either by skype or in person.

DAY 1

Morning

How autonomous cars work

  • Hardware and software systems
  • Key challenges of autonomy
  • Simulation

Afternoon

Design specifications

  • Problem decomposition and formalisation of decision-making
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Processors and sensors
  • Formalising decision-making and encoding rules

DAY 2

Morning

Fixed speed control

  • Circuit design
  • Specifying circuits with circuit diagrams
  • Energy conversion and the mechanics of motors

Afternoon

Variable speed control

  • Transistors and semi-conductors
  • Linear and saturation regions of transistors
  • Tuning motor speed with transistor switching rate calculations

DAY 3

Detecting obstacles

  • Ultrasound and infrared proximity sensing
  • Sensing ranges and fields of view
  • Radio and light detection and ranging sensor technology
  • Camera-based sensing and visual processing
  • Localisation by filtering for multiple sensors

DAY 4

Programmatic control

  • Loops and control structures
  • Path planning algorithms (Dijkstra, A*)
  • Tuning behaviour through manipulating thresholds
  • Handling unexpected events and errors

DAY 5

Morning

GPS

  • Satellite Technology
  • Trilateration, spherical geometry and the haversine formula

Afternoon

Competition

  • Will your car survive the race?

School Engagement

We would like to engage as many schools as possible in our mission to improve STEM education for young people.

Exhibition of Ideas

An Exhibition of Ideas encourages serious conversations between students, teachers and industry. Please contact us directly if you wish us to run an Exhibition of Ideas event at your school.

Words used by participants to describe our first Exhibition of Ideas

Writing Competition

We are currently running a writing competition for 13-18-year-olds. We would like to receive articles on any STEM topic, anything from a STEM-related project the student has recently embarked on, to a discussion piece on a STEM-related issue. Each article should be between 400 and 500 words in length.

Anyone who enters an Oxbridge Inspire competition will be automatically subscribed to receive updates and resources, as well as being rewarded with a lifetime discount on Oxbridge Inspire courses. The winner's article will be published on our online platform. Register here if you wish to participate.

All articles will need to be electronically submitted via our email address below with the subject line 'Summer 2018 Writing Competition'. Students may submit up to three articles. The deadline for article submission is Friday 25th May.

Contact us

Email contact@oxbridgeinspire.com
Phone +44 (0)7546 616068
Oxbridge Inspire
The Bradfield Centre,
184 Cambridge Science Park
Milton Road
Cambridge, CB4 0GF