Machine Learning Summer Camps for High School Students – Live on Campus in July 2022

For the fifth year in a row the University of Minnesota is hosting the Machine Learning (ML) Summer Camps for high school students in July. The four different camps will be held on campus this summer for the first time in two years! The ML Camps are co-hosted by the School of Mathematics-MCFAM (Minnesota Center for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics) and The School of Statistics-IRSA (Institute for Research in Statistics and its Applications). Generous donors of the camps include the School of Mathematics’ Institute for Applied Mathematics (IMA), the Travelers Companies and MinneAnalytics.

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. At the end of each day, campers meet with guest speakers and gain insight on ML methods and
careers from practitioners’ companies such as Target, Travelers, and 3M. 

Registration for the camp is filling up fast so anyone interested should sign up soon. The All Girls Basic ML Camp is a popular option for girls who want to attend a camp with friends and gain a new and relevant project-based learning experience. One of the Advanced ML Camps, introducing campers to Deep Learning, is full. The Advanced Mathematical Biology ML Camp still has space for more campers and will give them exposure to predicting the impacts of dangerous viruses using mathematical modeling and ML.

All Girls Basic ML Camp runs from July 11-15

Girls who are interested in working on projects together with their friends or family, can join a fun and fascinating week on the beautiful East Bank of campus at the University of Minnesota.

The types of projects campers will work on include: determining whether a wild mushroom is poisonous or edible and predicting whether or not a person will be searched after being stopped based on factors like race, gender, location, and closest police precinct. In past camps girls have been pleased with their experiences. One All Girls Basic ML camper said “In general, I definitely learned a lot and it was amazing to meet new people who shared diverse backgrounds but also similar interests."

Advanced All Genders ML Mathematical Biology Camp held from July 25-29 

Dr. Jasmine Foo, a U of MN Mathematics professor and Post Doc, Dr. Anna Kraut, will lead this camp. During the advanced Math-Biology week campers will learn how mathematical models can help to answer important questions in biology and medicine. They will also work on computer simulations for epidemics to understand how viruses (flu, Ebola, corona) spread in a population and how a local outbreak can evolve into a worldwide pandemic. Campers will use machine learning to quantify their models based on existing data.  The projects they will focus on study the effects of different interventions and answer questions like “How does the initial virus load affect the severity of an infection?”  

To be eligible for the advanced Math Biology camp, students must have some experience with ML already or have taken one of the basic ML camps going on the weeks of July 11-15 (All Girls Camp) and July 18-22 (All Genders Camp).