Discovery STEM Programme
The course consists of 16 lectures. Through interactive discussions, activities, and short homework assignments, you will gain a solid foundation in STEM subjects. You will also complete a STEM project of your choosing linked to solving real world issues; you will receive 1:1 and group help on project design and completion, and present your project to the group at the end of the course.
Cell structure and function, macromolecules, neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease.
Patterns and algebra, statistics.
The design process.
Properties of matter and the periodic table, forensic chemistry, solving crimes.
The basics of programming.
Exploring the universe.
Motion and forces.
Basics of robot design.
Project work & presentation.
You can pick one of 2 paths:
Life Sciences & Natural Sciences
Engineering & Technology
Life Sciences &
Life Sciences are any science that deals with living organisms, their life processes, and their interrelationships, such as biology, medicine, or ecology. Natural Sciences are subjects such as biology, physics, and chemistry in which things that can be seen in nature are studied. The ‘Life Sciences and Natural Sciences Advancement Programme’ looks at how these sciences have been applied in creating innovative responses to some of the world’s life-threatening diseases and threats, from covid to cancer, and species extinctions to conservation. Why are amoeba and nitric acid both important to understand? How do chemistry and biology relate to each other?
Engineering & Technology
What do science and maths, design and technology have in common? They are all required skills for a job in engineering. The ‘Engineering & Technology Advancement Programme’ is for students with a strong interest in any of these areas who want to go deeper in finding out about how these connections can result in world-changing products and innovations in a wide variety of different areas of human life, which is where we begin our journey. What is the difference between mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering?
STEM University Taster
You can pick one of 5 paths:
Biology & Chemistry
Biology & Maths
Chemistry & Maths
Engineering & Maths
Physics & Maths
The Biology taster course is designed to represent the level of studies you might expect if studying a Natural Sciences degree at the University of Cambridge, “Biological and Biomedical Sciences" course, in your first year of studies (Part IA). We cover topics ranging from cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry to physiology and neuroscience. With this quick overview of each topic, you develop skills in finding relevant information, tackling a large amount of knowledge, and developing critical thinking. We discuss what experimental techniques can be used to obtain information about cells and molecules in the current day lab. The course will also cover the latest technologies and discoveries relevant to research models and disease treatments. What to expect? Thinking and working like a real scientist!
The Engineering taster course is modelled on the content taught in the first year of an undergraduate degree in Engineering at a UK University. Starting with an introduction to the wide variety of different areas engineers may encounter, you will then explore areas such as mathematics for engineers, physics for engineers, mechanical and civil engineering, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering and general problem solving.
The Chemistry taster course is modelled on the content taught in the first year of an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at a UK University. It is designed to give an immersive and interactive introduction to the diverse fields of Chemistry. The course consists of 8 lectures. Through interactive discussions, activities, and short homework assignments, students gain a solid foundation in Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Biological, and Physical Chemistry.
The Physics taster course is modelled on the content taught in the first year of an undergraduate degree in Physics at a UK University. You will look closely at topics such as differentiating between scalars and vectors, Newton's Laws of Motion, and applying them to practical examples and problem-solving. You will also explore other topics such as work, energy, and power, electric fields and circuits, as well as particle physics, radioactivity, wave properties and sound waves.
The Maths taster course begins with sessions on first-year university-level linear algebra. Students learn about properties of 2x2 and 3x3 matrices and gain an intuition for how matrices represent transformations of physical systems. We define and build an intuitive understanding of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, which are crucial for studies in applied mathematics, physics, and engineering. The second part of the course builds students’ calculus skills. The primary focus is on taking existing knowledge of differentiation and integration of single-variable polynomial and trigonometric functions, and extending this into functions of two and three variables. These skills are applied to 2D and 3D problems in physics and engineering, such as finding the centre of mass of objects. As in the first part of the course, we build a visual intuition of the concepts along the way; there will be little memorisation or heavy text-based work. This is to help students understand the purpose and applications of what they are learning.