Discover STEM (Ages 10-12)

Oxford Royale Academy's award-winning Discover STEM Summer School 2022 at Uppingham School, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why Discover STEM?

Join “Discover STEM” and begin your adventure into the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

You’ll investigate a new key question each week, such as ‘Can technology and engineering alone help us achieve sustainable cities?’ and ‘What skills would enable you to survive on a remote Indian Ocean island?’. Discover STEM will encourage you to explore information critically and develop your STEM skills, including applying scientific knowledge, understanding a range of different technologies, and applying mathematical skills.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Designed for fun, this STEM themed adventure provides safety and structure in a prestigious boarding school environment that will strengthen social skills and build foundational academic skills.
  • One of our most popular Junior Courses, “Discover STEM” provides fun and exciting challenges that strengthen basic STEM skills like critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and conducting research.
  • Learn to perform proper experiments, evaluate your results and present your findings as you and your peers work against the clock to escape the jungle.

What’s included?

  • Residential in a prestigious British boarding school: Uppingham School.
  • Safe and fun learning and living environment.
  • Make new friends in a truly international environment.
  • Enjoyable cultural programme, including activities and excursions.
  • Improve your English by interacting with native English speakers.
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme included.
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate.
  • Maximum of 15 students per class.
  • 16+ hours of teaching and guest talks per week.
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations.
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What you will learn

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Gained insight into the fields of forensic science, mechanical and structural engineering, physics, and biology.
  • Learned how to formulate and justify your own opinions.
  • Explored the relationship between STEM principles and daily life.
  • Developed collaboration and critical thinking skills as you work with your peers to solve challenges and design solutions.

Click here to see the Key Questions

Great For Students Thinking About

  • Applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Finding new friends and strengthening social skills
  • Using scientific knowledge and practices to solve challenges

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

5 reasons to choose the Junior Summer School for ages 8-12

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Summer at a UK boarding school

Students on our Junior Summer School live and study in the superb and inspiring surroundings of Uppingham School (Uppingham), one of the UK's finest and most prestigious boarding schools. Uppingham has state-of-the-art facilities for learning, sports, and relaxation, and offers a warm and safe environment in which to live and learn. Students are guaranteed a warm, welcoming, and comfortable stay in unparalleled grounds and buildings.

Friends from all over the world!

At the Oxford Royale Junior Summer School, we pride ourselves on our international community. Students on all of our programmes are encouraged to learn about each other’s cultures and backgrounds – both in lessons and while partaking in our rich and varied extracurricular programme. Many students make lifelong friends while partaking on our summer courses and often return year on year to catch up, try out new subjects, and most importantly, have fun. Those on our Junior English Programme also benefit from shared excursions and activities with native and fluent English speakers, boosting their conversational ability and confidence.

A head start to educational success

Be inspired by our Junior Summer School programmes which are tailored to the intellectually curious child. Our expert course development and teaching staff combine academic excellence with a real sense of fun – our aim is to send each student home with a renewed enthusiasm for their school subjects! Classes are interactive, with carefully crafted lesson plans and intellectually stimulating materials. Students have full academic freedom to explore subjects beyond the standard school curriculum under the expert guidance of leading teaching staff.

An action-packed timetable of activities

On our Junior Summer School, we never forget that you're on holiday! Students benefit from a number of age-appropriate exciting workshops, fascinating classroom projects, fun games, a wide range of sports activities, and thrilling trips around the UK's historic landmarks. We do our utmost to ensure that every child’s timetable is as action-packed and full of fun as possible. Make sure you buckle up for an unforgettable summer!

Inspiring Junior Summer School courses

Our Fantastic Futures! (ages 8-9) and Discover Arts and Discover STEM (ages 10-12) programmes explore the Arts and Sciences through a different weekly ‘key question’. As well as our academic programmes, we offer a Junior English Programme, enabling students aged 8-12 to develop their language skills in a fully immersive environment. This programme is differentiated by ability and integrates perfectly with our extra-curricular activities, giving non-native speakers a real head start in the language, perfect for if they decide to study in an English-speaking country in the future.

Useful Information

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What to Pack

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Pastoral Care

Over 15 years of delivering world-class summer programmes, we have established robust processes and structures to ensure all of our over 25,000 students have been well looked after during their stay with ORA. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of pastoral care we provide to our students

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

Medical Care and Insurance

We are absolutely committed to your safety and wellbeing as our number one priority. Students must be comprehensively insured for their time with us - click to find suggested policy details, along with further information about our medical policies and procedures designed to keep you safe.

Hear from our students

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Doreen, Taiwan

The Medicine course gave me the opportunity to meet people from around the world with the same passion as me. My new friends and I were able to discuss and exchange information to support each other...

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Sara, Greece

Year after year the allure of Oxford Royale has pulled me back. I met many different people during my first two weeks from different cultures and backgrounds.

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Mifta, Indonesia

I decided to return because I fell in love with Oxford, the gardens, the old buildings, the good books…

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Carolina, Qatar

I found the Oxford Royale course online, saved the link as ‘life saving course.’ What I needed the most was help with my UCAS application, but I also wanted to challenge myself intellectually and learn new things

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Yoosuf, Maldives

This summer school has taught me many things, including the basics of engineering, which will most definitely help me in my future – academically and professionally.

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Wisam, Sudan

Oxford Royale Academy creates a small family-like community that makes everyone feel welcome and cared for. All in all, my experience at Oxford Royale is something that I will always remember and be grateful for.

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Vannakhone, Laos

I gained so much knowledge and experience from this trip; it showed me things that are totally different to my home country. Now I’m very interested in studying at a UK university in the future.

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Taonga, Zambia

This experience was life-changing in so many good ways. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me realise that ‘the world is my oyster’. I highly recommend this program to students who would like a memorable international experience without limits.

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