Science and Technology Track

Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? These courses challenge students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions and gain real hands-on experience.

Artificial Intelligence Course
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are hot topics in the world of cybersecurity today. A report from World Economic Forum (WEF) states that the growth of artificial intelligence could create 58 million net new jobs in the next few years! Meet with experts in the artificial intelligence industry to learn more about majors and careers. Learn firsthand what it’s like to work in a world where machines can become reality.
Astronomy Course
Are you fascinated by the stars? The universe is vast and mysterious and this passion can turn into a lifelong career. This summer program for high school students provides hands-on training in astronomical research, with opportunities to learn from professionals in the fields of astronomy and physics and work with state-of-the-art observational equipment. Excursions may include optical labs, observatories or a tour of multiple galaxies (at a planetarium).
Computer Science Course
Spend most of the first week learning block-based programming for Android and iOS operating systems. The exercises and tutorials quickly help students build capacity with coding, abstraction, algorithms and data management within a program. The second week involves active coding in small groups with intense research and collaboration. This approach involves an introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi hardware which allows students to create a mini-project by using the sensors and LED matrix on the Sense HAT technology. This collection of experiential tasks provides a comprehensive experience through a rewarding engineering process resulting in a functioning computational artifact.
Ethics of Technology Course
Technology continues to profoundly shape how we relate to one another, see the world, and accomplish our goals. As several recent controversies have prompted society to question the wisdom of Silicon Valley and technology firms, this hands-on workshop for teens will investigate the ethics of technology. Students will understand the complexities of contemporary science and technology policies as they relate to ethical theories and applications, as well as personal and societal values.

Psychology of Social Media Course
There is a growing literature in psychology and ethical philosophy on the impact of the ‘new’ interactive environment of social media. Of particular interest are two effects: (i) its effects upon us as individuals, and (ii) its effects upon our ability to relate to one another. In this psychology of social media workshop for high school students, we’ll come away with an appreciation of the psychological and social challenges with present trends which make online environments a primary place of human connection.