The Science of Light and Optical Illusions

Junior STEM Camp for Reception to Year 3  

19-23 December 2022: Face to Face at Baden-Powell House, SW7 5JS, London


In this fun new camp children discover the world and science of light and colours and the ‘magic’ of optical illusions. Through a variety of practical tasks, experiments and discussions, young scientists and mathematicians will learn about:

  • the nature of light

  • how vision works

  • colours and rainbows

  • mirrors and kaleidoscope

  • the secrets of 3D pictures

Children will also explore perspective drawing and ‘impossible objects’ while designing their own optical illusions. Pupils will build their own kaleidoscopes and will take them home at the end of the camp.

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.  

In Maths and Problem Solving we will be playing games and tackling puzzles, both being essential to early intellectual development. We use these to great effect with this age group to stimulate each child's interest in logic and the real life practicalities of maths. The primary function of any game is to provide a natural learning process, help develop powers of analysis and encourage memorisation of new information. Games also help the development of logical processes and spatial reasoning, while working on numerical puzzles with their peers is an enjoyable way for younger children to grow into a fuller understanding of mathematics.

Coding will be taught during this camp because it helps children develop algorithmical thinking. Working with Scratch, pupils will learn how animations and computer games are programmed, how they carry out ‘instructions’ and what happens when this goes wrong, leading to an understanding of how to ‘debug’.

Learning groups will be very small with a pupil to teacher ratio of 6:1. Groups are tailored for each child’s age and level of experience with the subject to provide appropriate levels of simplicity or complexity.

Format and fees for the junior face to face camp (Reception to Year 3):

  • small groups of similar age and experience. Pupil to teacher ratio is 6 to 1
  • five days from Monday to Friday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm 
  • fees are £450 for all five days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.