High school students invited to explore machine learning at U of M Machine Learning Summer Camps

For the fifth year in a row the University of Minnesota is hosting Machine Learning (ML) Summer Camps for high school students in July. The camps will be live on campus this summer for the first time in two years! They are co-hosted by the School of Mathematics-MCFAM and The School of Statistics-IRSA. MinneAnalytics is proud to sponsor this program.

Campers in 11th and 12th grade benefit from a mix of formal instruction modules where they explore ML concepts and techniques, balanced with Python coding in small teams. They work on a variety of ML projects, including things like predicting who gets searched after a police stop, diagnosing breast cancer from x-rays, or who will win a video game.

At the end of each day, campers meet with guest speakers and gain insight on ML methods and careers from practitioners in local companies such as Optum, US Bank, Travelers, and 3M. Campers always say they are very excited by the opportunity to connect with other high school students who share their same interests.

MCFAM Assistant Professor Dr. Gary Hatfield has served as director of these camps for the past two years. “We are able to build young students’ interest and capability in the field of machine learning which is so important for our world today,” he says. “It is especially gratifying that we’ll be back on campus this summer so we can keep the STEM learning-momentum going for these highly engaged kids.”

MinneAnalytics members can volunteer at camp or register their kids as attendees. Any members who wish to make a gift to this event can do so by clicking on the Make a Gift button on the camp website.

Camp Dates

July 11-15: Girls Only (Girl-Identified, nonbinary, transgender girls)
July 18-22: All Genders
July 25-29: Intro to Deep Learning – All Genders
July 25-29: Advanced Math-Biology – All Genders

For all the details, visit University of Minnesota Machine Learning Summer Camps website.

If you’d like to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Dr. Gary Hatfield at garyh@umn.edu.

Generous sponsors of the camps include the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), MinneAnalytics, and The Travelers Companies, among others.