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Accelerated Learning Academy: The Breakdown


The Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) is split into 2 SEPARATE programs depending on the grade of the student. Each ALA program occurs for 3 weekends at Princeton University. 


1. The Accelerated Learning Academy for 8th & 9th graders.
This program offers four tracks: Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence & Technology, Biomedical Engineering and Technology, and Medical Science



Dates:

February 23-25, 2024
March 22-24, 2024
April 19-21, 2024

Friday evenings-Sunday afternoons
Students participate in all 3 weekends. 




2. The Accelerated Learning Academy for 10th & 11th graders
This program offers four tracks: Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence & Technology, Biomedical Engineering and Technology, and Medical Science



Dates:
February 9-11, 2024
March 1-3, 2024
April 5-7, 2024
Friday evenings-Sunday afternoons
Students participate in all 3 weekends. 



 

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The Accelerated Learning Academy (for 8th & 9th Graders)
All workshop topics beow are subject to change.
Successful program completion requires attendance at all three program sessions for students' selected track.

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Biomedical Engineering and Technology Track (ALA 8-9)

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. Please note, that students in this track are required to bring a laptop to each weekend workshop.

Workshop I: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering

February 23-25, 2024       
Explore the latest technological trends and the diverse fields of biomedical engineering
such as bio-instrumentation; biomaterials; biomedical imaging; biomechanics; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; rehabilitation engineering; and more!

Workshop II: Biomedical Engineering Innovations

March 22-24, 2024
Discover the current uses of 3D bio-printing, and develop your own 3D bio-printed design! Investigate some of the major biomedical engineering innovations that changed the scenario of medicine and healthcare worldwide, such as artificial hearts, camera pills, robotic-assisted surgery, bionic contact lenses, and more!

Workshop III: Biomedical Imaging and Biomimicry

April 19-21, 2024
Delve into the many powerful techniques for biomedical imaging from computerized tomography (CT) and photoacoustic imaging (PAI) to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Then utilize biomimicry, and inspiration from nature, to develop research ideas to improve medicine and healthcare.



Applied Mathematics Track (ALA 8-9)

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: How Math Explains the World                       

February 23-25, 2024      
Explore and apply the rules of Algebra to problems related to daily phenomena. Utilize mathematical formulas to describe physical experiments that you will perform at home. Probabilistic events, motion, and force - investigate these topics and more during this workshop.

Workshop II: The Rate of Change of Functions

March 22-24, 2024
Should you get a medium pizza or a large pizza? Why do the costs of video games fluctuate? Investigate the most powerful rules in Calculus! Then use these rules to describe the rate of change of functions and predict their future values using artistic experiments.  

Workshop III: In the World of Logarithms and Exponentials

April 19-21, 2024
Discover the wonders of logarithm and exponential functions as well as their algebraic properties. Use these functions to describe everyday events, such as growth and decay, and the Richter scale for earthquakes! 


Medical Science Track (ALA 8-9)

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 have improved human health, and we are now living longer.  The medical science workshops provide an introduction to different areas of biology and science to provide a broader understanding of biological systems and advancements in science. 

Updated December 2023:

Workshop I: Cells & Genes                                  

February 23-25, 2024        
Learn the fundamentals of biology through the exploration of cells and cellular identity. Investigate how cells manage gene expression for survival and encompass complex living organisms. Discover the diversity of life, genes, their expression, and the different components that comprise the cell.

Workshop II: Natural Selection & Chemistry

March 22-24, 2024
Explore the connection between biology and chemistry to understand molecule interactions and medicine. Analyze the major types of molecules – their components, their functions, and their interactions. Investigate the nature of natural selection - the drivers of evolution.

Workshop III: Life as Information         

April 19-21, 2024
Embrace the central goal of researchers, to improve human health-span and lifespans. Discover the role of information, its storage, how it is maintained, and how it is inherited to understand the underlying causes of many diseases. Learn about model systems and their applications to health, medicine, and current approaches that are used to diagnose and treat genetic disorders.


Artificial Intelligence & Technology Track (ALA 8-9)

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. Please note, that students in this track are required to bring a laptop to each weekend workshop.

Updated December 2023:

Workshop I: Intro to Artificial Intelligence & Python Programming

February 23-25, 2024       
What is artificial intelligence (AI) and how do we use AI? Delve into Python coding and programming. Learn about ethics involved in the field and conduct practical applications of artificial intelligence using Python.

Workshop II: Natural Language Processing

March 22-24, 2024

Explore how computers interpret, manupulate , and understand human language. Apply natural language processing when encoding and decoding different models.

Workshop III: Advanced Applications of Artificial Intelligence

April 19-21, 2024
Explore more complex applications of artificial intelligence. How do computers "see" the world as we do? How do computers recognize distinct images? Engage in image segmentation and object detection exercises to apply these advanced concepts.


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The Accelerated Learning Academy (for 10th & 11th Graders)

All workshop topics below are subject to change.
Successful program completion requires attendance at all three program sessions for students’ selected track. 



Related Videos

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Biomedical Engineering and Technology Track (ALA 10-11)

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. Please note, that students in this track are required to bring a laptop to each weekend workshop.

Workshop I: Electricity & the Brain's Neurological Network

February 9-11, 2024       
Explore the intersection of electrical and mechanical systems and design your own neural network!

Workshop II: The Structure of the Ear & the Physics of Sound Waves

March 1-3, 2024 
Investigate the relationship between the physiological structure of the ear, the physics of sound waves, and devices used for the enhancement of hearing and the creation of music.

Workshop III: Muscle Movement & Tissue Engineering Using Advanced Manufacturing

April 5-7, 2024

Investigate biomechanics and how the muscular system produces human movement. Discover how and why muscles work in pairs and tissue engineering using bioprinting repair of muscles and organs.


Applied Mathematics Track (ALA 10-11)

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:  Origami for Mathematics & Engineering     
February 9-11. 2024

Explore the connection between origami and topics, such as geometry, protein folding, and product engineering. Create models and prototypes to explain the math behind the structures you'll build.

Workshop II: Physics and Chemistry of Color

March 1-3, 2024 
Explore the mathematics of light and its applications in science,
engineering, and art. Conduct experiments to visualize processes, such as absorbance and fluorescence. Use principles of physics, math, and chemistry to showcase how we perceive color.

Workshop III: Fundamentals of Material Science

April 5-7, 2024
Material science draws from physics, chemistry, and math for the understanding of properties, design, and structure of materials as well as their broader applications. Learn about the properties of common materials, like metals, polymers, ceramics, and
crystals. Discover how material science research contributes to
advancements in fields such as manufacturing, optoelectronics, and quantum computing.



Medical Science Track (ALA 10-11)

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 have improved human health, and we are now living longer.  The medical science workshops provide an introduction to different areas of biology and science to provide a broader understanding of biological systems and advancements in science. Please note, that students in this track are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to each weekend workshop.

Updated December 2023:

Workshop I: The Central Dogma: From DNA to Proteins

February 9-11, 2024

Explore the foundations of genetic information: what is it, how is it stored, and how is it used. Investigate the many mechanisms that regulate gene expression, and delve into genomic organization, including operons and metabolic clustering of genes.   

Workshop II: Mutations & Genetic Diseases

March 1-3, 2024 
Investigate the molecular causes and effects of DNA damage on protein function and disease. Explore small-scale and large-scale cellular mutations that occur and the few mechanisms that can repair this damage. Discover why the etiology of cancer in humans is complex and why this disease is challenging to treat.  

Workshop III: Genetic Engineering    

April 5-7, 2024
Dive into the current state of genetic engineering. Analyze foundational approaches that include restriction enzymes and cloning. Then explore cutting-edge techniques that are used throughout the sciences, such as PCR and RNA-Sequencing. Finish this workshop experience by balancing these practical considerations with discussions of ethical considerations for genetic engineering. 


Artificial Intelligence & Technology Track (ALA 10-11)

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. Please note, that students in this track are required to bring a laptop to each weekend workshop.

The Artificial Intelligence & Technology Track is designed for students with little to no programming experience. 

Updated December 2023:

Workshop I: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

February 9-11, 2024       
Discover the inner workings of artificial intelligence and the foundations for machine learning. Can a computer pass for a human by simulating human-like behaviors (i.e. image recognition)? Teach a computer to perform this task utilizing Python programming.

Workshop II: Neural Networks & Generative AI

March 1-3, 2024 
Explore how large language models, a generative artificial intelligence model, use neural networks for content generation. Create your own functioning chatbots and delve into the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.

Workshop III: Deep Learning

April 5-7, 2024
Explore different ways that machine learning "teaches" computers to mimic our learning styles. Delve into unsupervised and supervised learning applications. Investigate machine learning, AI for IT operations, and software development life cycle processes. Investigate the processes utilized in real-life applications, both in product and in end-user organizations.

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