Accelerated Learning Academy: The Breakdown


The Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) is split into 2 SEPARATE programs depening on the grade of the student. Due to COVID-19, both ALA programs will be held online, via a web conferencing platform.

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



Dates:

March 12-14, 2021
April 9-11, 2021
May 14-16, 2021


Time Frame:
Fridays: 6 PM - 9 PM EST
Saturdays: 9 AM - 3 PM EST 
Sundays: 10 AM - 1 PM EST
All time frames includes intermittent breaks to prevent screen fatigue. Saturdays also include a lunch break.



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


Dates:
January 8-10, 2021
February 26-28, 2021
April 23-25, 2021 

Time Frame:
Fridays: 6 PM - 9 PM EST
Saturdays: 9 AM - 3 PM EST 
Sundays: 10 AM - 1 PM EST
All time frames includes intermittent breaks to prevent screen fatigue. Saturdays also include a lunch break.

 


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The Accelerated Learning Academy (for 8th & 9th Graders)
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 ALA program for 8th & 9th graders will be held online, via a web conferencing platform.

Materials Policy 

For ALA STEM Tracks that require students to have physical materials while participating in the online workshops at home, participants and guardians will be emailed a materials list and accompanying policy in advance - complete with website links for personal purchasing of each item. The total cost of materials aims not exceed $25 per weekend workshop. Upon electronic submission of receipts, the Institute will reimburse families via Visa electronic gift card.

All workshop topics below are subject to change. 

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: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering

March 12-14, 2021       
Explore the latest techological trends and the diverse fields of biomedical engineering
such as bioinstrumentation; biomaterials; biomedical imaging; biomechanics; cellular, tissue and
genetic engineering; rehabilitation engineering; and more.

Workshop II: Biomedical Engineering Innovations 

April 9-11, 2021
Investigate some of the major biomedical engineering innovations that changed the scenario of medicine and healthcare worldwide, such as AbioCor Artificial Heart, Bio-Artificial Liver, Camera Pill, Bionic Contact Lens, iLIMB Bionic Hand, Robots Helping Perform Surgeries, and EyeWriter.

Workshop III: Biomedical Imaging

May 14-16, 2021
Biomedical imaging has developed from simple uses of X-rays for diagnosis of fractures and
detection of foreign bodies into a compendium of powerful techniques. Discover different imaging modalities such as X-rays, computerized tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), photoacoustic imaging (PAI), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission
tomography  (PET).


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 and Scaling                       

March 12-14, 2021       
Will I ever use math in my everyday life? Discover how to use mathematical models using everyday objects to help answer this question and make decisions. 

Workshop II: Mathematical Models in Scientific Data

April 9-11, 2021
Investigate real scientific data to understand trends. Plot real data and discuss the linear, exponential and inverse trends that arise. Calculate our environmental impact by creatng experiments using mathematical modes to prove compelling arguments for global change.

Workshop III: Probability and Optimization

May 14-16, 2021
Why won't my Instagram load? Discover how mathematical optimization can be useful in everyone's life. Some examples include planning the perfect class schedule, and rationing your monthly data usage. Also, calculate the odds of real scenarios, such as winning the lottery or playing a game of "Go Fish."


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: Scientific Inquiry and Themes in Biology                                  

March 12-14, 2021        
Learn the the fundamentals of biology through an exploration of the scientific method.  Embrace your ability to think like a scientist, design an experiment, and apply problem solving skills to critically analyze information in a practical way. Explore the different sub-disciplines that comprise biology, learning about the different approaches that can be utilized in order to address pressing issues in the field. Get ready for group discussions, case study analysis and an experiment from the comfort of your own home.

Workshop II: A Tour of the Cell: The Fundamental Unit of Life

April 9-11, 2021
Investigate the different components that comprise a cell, and the different cells that make up complex living organisms. Explore how the specialization of cells that gives rise to life as we know it through a series of lectures, discussions and readings. Perform a lab exercise to isolate your own genomic DNA for comparison of this fundamental molecule to that found in plants.

Workshop III: Applications of Biology to Human Health          

May 14-16, 2021
Discover how research in many organisms is interconnected to identifying and treating disease. Learn about model systems, notable findings, and their applications to health and medicine. 


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

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 ALA program for 8th & 9th graders will be held online via a web conferencing platform.

Materials Policy 

For ALA STEM Tracks that require students to have physical materials while participating in the online workshops at home, participants and guardians will be emailed a materials list and accompanying policy in advance - complete with website links for personal purchasing of each item. The total cost of materials aims not exceed $25 per weekend workshop. Upon electronic submission of receipts, the Institute will reimburse families via Visa electronic gift card.

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: Engineering Mechanics & Fluid Dynamics of the Heart

January 8-10, 2021       
Delve deep into the intricacies of cardiovascular system. Discover how mathematical and computer programming software can be used to engineer a heart and model the fluid flow. 

Workshop II: Electricity & the Brain's Neurological Network

February 26-28, 2021 
Explore the intersection of electrical and mechanical systems and design your own neural network! 

Workshop III: Neurological Function and the Blood Brain Barrier

April 23-25, 2021
Investigate the connection between brain function and neuroscience as well as the blood brain barrier and endothelial cells. Explore the internal drug delivery system. Participate in design challenges aimed to assess material permeability and protection of the brain against pathogens! 


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 Modeling & Scale                  
January 8-10, 2021

How can we see bacteria using microscopes? Could King Kong really exist? What would the world really be like for Ant man? In this class we will explore how scale helps us understand both the smaller and larger world around us, and whether is used properly in fantasy movies and TV shows.

Addtional Workshop: Projectile Motion: Mathematical Concepts and Practical Implications
Explore how projectile motion is involved in many practical scenarios such as kicking a soccer ball, throwing a basketball etc. Partake in interactive discussions and activities on the mathematics of projectile motion.

Workshop II: Math & Music

February 28-10, 2021 
What do math and music have in common? We will use mathematical models and physics to understand problems such as: how does sound travel, and how do different instruments produce their own unique
sound?

Addtional Workshop: Symmetry & Group Theory in Physics & Chemistry
Discover the wonders of symmetry and group theory that are used in interdisciplinary sciences. Using the model of molecular shapes, students will be investigate these concepts. 

Workshop III: Visualizing Math and Science

April 23-25, 2021
Learn how to effectively make graphs and plots for real scientific data sets. Perform your own experiment and make your own visuals, and discuss how visuals can be misleading.

Addtional Workshop: Mathematics in Analytical Chemistry
Experience the different analytical techniques in chemistry, such as volumetric analysis, acid-base titrations etc. Learn how basic arithmetic operations are crucial in analytical chemistry to solve several practical problems. 


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: Genetic Engineering & Gene Therapy
January 8-10, 2021

Investigate the relationship between an organism's genotype and phenotype. Explore the technologies and practical implications used for gene therapy and the treatment of disease. 

Workshop II: Cellular Biology of Cancer & Aging

February 26-28, 2021 
Discover the relationships between cellular health, dysfunction and disease. Use computer based labs and diagnostics to apply your knowledge to the etiology of cancer progression, aging, and the molecular hallmarks of researched conditions. 

Workshop III: Medical Biotechnology and Applications          

April 23-25, 2021
Delve into medical biotechnology of all types - including disease detection, animal models of disease, individual genomics, precision and regenerative medicine, as well as forensic analysis. Perform computer based diagnostic analysis to interpret genomic markers using polymerase chain reaction to identify markers for diseases used in diagnosis. 

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: Storytelling in Gaming 

January 8-10, 2021       
Discover the basics of storytelling and how it can be used to help create an engaging video game. Explore storyboarding techniques and begin instruction on the C# (C sharp) programming language.

Workshop II: Intro to Game Design

February 26-28, 2021 
Transition your stories into a conceptual design, which will be used to create prototype games. Create interactive content using the Unity platform and run tests to evaluate the feasibility of your game designs against develoment timelines.

Workshop III: Game Development

April 23-25, 2021
Begin development on one demo that encompasses the value of your game concept. Use Unity to develop a game with the ultimate goal of including multiple characters, levels, simple game mechanics and/or responsive behavior that will contribute to rich and enjoyable gameplay.

Successful program completion requires attendance at all three program online sessions for students’ selected track.