Previous Courses

Course materials from past years will continue to be available on this page! You are always welcome to explore these virtual classes and challenge yourself to complete the tasks, even though the competitions have now closed. We have also provided links to the winning entries of previous competitions, so you can read some of the excellent work we have received in years past!

2020-21: Why does evolution matter?

Introduction to the course (PDF)

Class 1: Biology and Darwinian evolution (PDF)

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Competition 1.1: The fossil recordRead the winning entries to Competition 1.1
Competition 1.2: Create your own organismRead the winning entries to Competition 1.2
Competition 1.3: Evolution of flightRead the winning entries to Competition 1.3

Class 2: Evolution as a metaphor (PDF)

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Competition 2.1: Language evolutionRead the winning entries to Competition 2.1
Competition 2.2: What even are words anymoreRead the winning entries to Competition 2.2
Competition 2.3: Carolingian minusculeRead the winning entries to Competition 2.3

Class 3: Evolution, science and technology (PDF)

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Competition 3.1: Artificial intelligenceRead the winning entries to Competition 3.1
Competition 3.2: Evolution puzzlesRead the winning entries to Competition 3.2
Competition 3.3: Mathematics of natural selectionRead the winning entries to Competition 3.3

Class 4: Culture and history through the lens of evolution (PDF)

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Competition 4.1: Greek and Roman thinkingRead the winning entries to Competition 4.1
Competition 4.2: PoetryRead the winning entries to Competition 4.2
Competition 4.3: Leisure and technological changeRead the winning entries to Competition 4.3

2019-20: What is the power of a volcano?

Introduction to the course (PDF)

Class 1: Handling volcanic objects (PDF)

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Competition 1.1: Trade in RomeRead the winning entries to Competition 1.1
Competition 1.2: The Role of the historianRead the winning entries to Competition 1.2
Competition 1.3: Telling the timeRead the winning entries to Competition 1.3

Class 2: Volcanoes in the sciences (PDF)

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Competition 2.1: Volcanoes & mass extinctionRead the winning entries to Competition 2.1
Competition 2.2: What’s the price on your head?Read the winning entries to Competition 2.2
Competition 2.3: Make your own volcanoRead the winning entries to Competition 2.3
Competition 2.4: Exploring scaling analysisRead the winning entries to Competition 2.4

Class 3: Explosive creativity (PDF)

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Competition 3.1: Eruptions and transformationsRead the winning entries to Competition 3.1
Competition 3.2: Reading the runesRead the winning entries to Competition 3.2

Final competition: What is the power of a volcano? (PDF)

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Final competitionRead the winning entries for the final competition

Virtual Summer School

2018-19: How to design a successful video game

Welcome to the programme

Issue 1: Are video games bad for you?

Issue 2: Building characters and worlds

Issue 3: Design your own video gameIssue 3 competition winners

Issue 4: What can we learn from video games?Issue 4 competition winners

Issue 5: How to make money from video gamesIssue 5 competition winners

Issue 6: What makes a successful video game?Issue 6 competition winners

Summer School