The Accelerated Learning Academy offers four tracks: Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Applied Mathematics, Medical Science and Artificial Intelligence & Technology. All workshop topics below are subject to change.

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Biomedical Engineering and Technology Track

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field, so it has many applications to the traditional engineering disciplines, including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science. Each workshop in the Biomedical Engineering and Technology track will provide students with a brief introduction to a traditional engineering discipline, applications to biomedical engineering and the human body, and emphasize the use of technology. Each workshop will include a brief lecture, group activities, and hands-on demonstrations. Each workshop will also include real-world applications. To expose students to new ideas, career paths relevant to each workshop topic will also be discussed.

Workshop I: Mechanics

December 13-15, 2019       
Discover how Newton’s Laws relate to the design and analysis of simple machines and truss structures. Create structures to accomplish simple tasks and satisfy unique loading conditions! Explore how these principles can be applied to the ultimate machine – the human body!

Workshop II: Electronics & Technology

February 28 - March 1, 2020 
Explore how electronics, mechanical engineering and technology improve the everyday lives of people with medical conditions.

Workshop III: Materials Science

April 24-26, 2020
Experience how material properties dictate their functionality and application to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Learn how engineers evaluate and craft bioengineered scaffolds for tissue and bone replacement and repair.


Applied Mathematics Track

Mathematics, like other theoretical and applied fields, is based on observation and theorization. Through observation and hands on learning you will develop and further extend your knowledge and become aware of how to facilitate mathematics learning. Learn how to apply simple mathematical calculations to daily life and different areas of science, including chemistry, biology and physics. 


Workshop I: Mathematical Models in Everyday Life                       

December 13-15, 2019
Examine how both complex and simple processes can be easily undestood, evaluated using algebra and applied to everyday life. Build and test a functional model of mathematical designs.

Addtional Workshop: Chromatography and Separation
Apply simple mathematical calculations to chemical reations. Explore the foundation of the separation process including the process of absorption and chromatograhy.

Workshop II: Mathematical Modeling for Environmental Science

February 28 - March 1, 2020 
Use equations to build and solve models that exactly or approximately model a behavior. By developing equations, students will determine the long-term behavior of a system, and apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems by modeling the behavior of ecological systems.

Addtional Workshop: Fluid Dynamics
Explore the foundation of fluid motion including the mathematical connection to viscosity and flow resistance in liquids.

Workshop III: Games of Chance: Mathematical Modeling and Probability

April 24-26, 2020
Decisions. Decisions. Explore how to develop and use models for decision making and problem solving. 

Addtional Workshop: Energy & Thermodynamics
Explore the foundation of energy/work and the mathematical connection to the laws of thermodynamics in nature for conversion of work/energy.


Medical Science Track

Medical Sciences encompasses basic sciences of medicine, medical specialties and other interdisciplinary fields dedicated to understanding animal/human health, as well as diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions.  Although many challenges still exist, significant progress and advances over the years in medical sciences has improved human health, and we are now living longer.  The medical science workshops provides an introduction to different areas of biology and science to provide a broader understanding of biological systems and advancements in science.

Workshop I: Proteins                                    
December 13-15, 2019

From building amino acids to muscle, students will investigate a range of biological processes. Then, examine the intricacies of proteins, their versatility and importance in genetics. 

Workshop II: Metabolism & Pharmacology

February 28 - March 1, 2020 
Explore biology and chemistry, particularly the chemical processes related to living organisms. Discover how to relate the chemical structure and origin of a drug to its biological function.

Workshop III: Clinical & Translational Science          

April 24-26, 2020
Analyze novel gene editing tools and ethical issues associated with such tools. Explore pre-regulatory medicine and drug discovery, from concept to marketplace. Learn about clinical trial design, the Food & Drug Administration's role in regulation, and emerging issues in global health.


Artificial Intelligence & Technology Track

Voice-powered personal assistants like Siri and Alexa, personalized streaming recommendations, chess-playing computers, self-driving cars, cybersecurity software and applications, brain-computer interfaces, and smart technology all have one thing in common- they are based on artificial intelligence (AI). It is a branch of computer science that explores how devices and machines can learn from experience, adjust to new inputs, and perform human-like tasks. Many of these technologies are designed to perform specific tasks by processing large amounts of data and learning according to patterns in the data. Each workshop will include discussions and hands-on applications.

Workshop I: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

December 13-15, 2019       
Discover the inner workings of artificial intelligence? Can a computer pass for a human by simulating human-like behaviors (i.e. computer vision, speech recognition, gesture recognition). Explore how to use Python and analyze the intricacies of a Google Search.

Workshop II: Machines that Predict the Future

February 28 - March 1, 2020 
Today we have access to unprecedented amounts of data that can be used in artificial intelligence algorithms to teach machines how to learn and predict potential outcomes. In this workshop, we'll explore public data records and online visualization tools to see how how public data is being used to help machines make predictions about what you'll buy, where you'll work and even how long you might live.

Workshop III: Computer Vision

April 24-26, 2020
Ever wonder how J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) is able to "see" and interpret the hand gestures Tony Stark uses to control his computer and smart home? Or how an autonomous vehicle is able to quickly detect and react to obstacles in its path? In this workshop, we'll discover how computers are trained to interpret and understand the visual world. 

Successful program completion requires attendance at all three program sessions for students’ selected track. Each session will take place from Friday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m.