Youth Backstage launch May 19
The annual Cathcart Spring Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, will be the scene of the formal launch of this scheme before it is extended around the country. Twenty-five young people will shadow event teams for a day, participate in tours and team-building exercises, help decorate the stage, and prepare for a full-scale banquet for hundreds of guests. The scheme aims to give event organisers aged 11 to 18 experience of running any event from arts to sport. Prom tickets from tel: 020 7589 8212; Youth Backstage information from Louise Burton, tel: 020 8275 9422.
Interpret Shakespeare May 19-October 11
The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon is running sessions on Interpeting Shakespeare for secondary students, led by RSC Learning and members of the acting company and production teams. Plays being explored are: Twelfth Night, May 19June 9, A Midsummer Night's Dream, May 26June 16 (all between 11am and 12.15pm), The Comedy of Errors, October 4, and As You Like It, October 11 (both at 5.15-6.15pm). Cost: pound;3.
Tel: 0870 060 6644 www.rsc.org.uk
Language and literacy June
Forthcoming courses being held by the National Centre for Language and Literacy at Reading University include: Brain-friendly touch and movement for language, literacy and learning, June 15; Reading problems: reading challenges, June 22; Extending writing through creativity, June 29. Fees range from pound;85 to pound;110 for members (includes lunch).
Tel: 0118 378 8820www.ncll.org.uk
Robotic mouse race June 11
Micromouse, an annual micro-robotic competition, takes place at the University of Central England's Technology Innovation Centre, Millennium Point, Birmingham. Around 70 micro-robotic enthusiasts from schools and colleges in the UK and overseas are expected to compete for a solid brass "cheese" trophy. The three classes are Maze-Solver; Non-Contact Wall-Follower and Contact Wall-Follower.
Tel: 0121 331 5400 www.tic.ac.ukmicromouse
Cat protection challenge
The Cats Protection charity's free Business Challenge CD-Rom for ages 14-16 provides interactive support for developing a marketing plan to raise funds for a new Cat Adoption Centre. Competition closing date July 31.