Accelerated Learning Academy: The Breakdown


The Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) is split into 2 SEPARATE programs depending 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 11-13, 2022
April 8-10, 2022
May 13-15, 2022


Time Frame:
Fridays: 6 PM - 9 PM EST
Saturdays: 9 AM - 3 PM EST 
Sundays: 10 AM - 1 PM EST
All time frames include 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 7-9, 2022
February 25-27, 2022
April 22-24, 2022 

Time Frame:
Fridays: 6 PM - 9 PM EST
Saturdays: 9 AM - 3 PM EST 
Sundays: 10 AM - 1 PM EST
All time frames include 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 2022 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 to exceed $25 per weekend workshop. Upon electronic submission of receipts, the Institute will reimburse families via Visa electronic gift card.
All ALA (8-9) workshop topics below will be updated in late December. 

 

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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: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering

March 11-13, 2022       
Explore the latest technological 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 8-10, 2022
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 13-15, 2022
Biomedical imaging has developed from simple uses of X-rays for the 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 11-13, 2022       
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 8-10, 2022
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 creating experiments using mathematical modes to prove compelling arguments for global change.

Workshop III: Probability and Optimization

May 13-15, 2022
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 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.

Workshop I: Scientific Inquiry and Themes in Biology                                  

March 11-13, 2022        
Learn 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 8-10, 2022
Investigate the different components that comprise a cell, and the different cells that make up complex living organisms. Explore how the specialization of cells 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 13-15, 2022
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 2022 ALA program for 10th & 11th 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 to 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 and the Human Skeletal Systems

January 7-9, 2022       
Delve deep into the fundamental science governing the human skeletal system. Discover how biomedical engineering includes the field of prostheses, or artificial body parts, by building prosthetic limbs! 

Workshop II: Muscle Movement and Tissue Engineering Using Advanced Manufacturing

February 25-27, 2022 
Investigate biomechanics and how the muscular system produces human movement. Explore how muscles work in pairs and tissue engineering using bioprinting repair of muscles and organs.

Workshop III: The Structure of the Ear and the Physics of Sound Waves
April 22-24, 2022

Investigate the relationship between the physiological structure of the ear and the physics of sound waves. Uncover how devices are used for the enhancement of hearing and the creation of music.  


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: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling               
January 7-9, 2022

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.  

Additional Workshop: Light: Waves and Particles in Energy and Color
Explore how light contributes to the world of color around us. Discover how different types of energies can be used to do work in our lives, such as heating up food and powering electronics. 

Workshop II: The TikTok Effect: The Mathematics of Viral Advertising

February 25-27, 2022 
Viral videos and advertising can advertise both good and bad information.  Pinpoint examples of exaggerated or manipulated data found in different media sources. Then create your own marketing campaign!

Additional Workshop: Statistics & Probability
Explore the foundation of statistics as well as probability and the effect of weighted averaging on results. Investigate the usage of probability trends and standard deviations in real-world data sets.

Workshop III: Probability & Economic Models

April 22-24, 2022
Determine why mathematical models for calculating probability and odds are actually empirical models based on observation. Calculate the odds of real scenarios, such as winning the lottery or playing a game of "Go Fish." Discover how economic models are used to make predictions about the future.

Additional Workshop: Projectile Motion & Phase Changes
Calculate vertical and horizontal projectile motion, as seen in everyday activities, such as sports. Investigate projectile motion and its relation to the spread of COVID-19!  


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 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.

Medical Science Workshop Topics Updated: 11/2/2021

Workshop I: Biochemistry of Medicine
January 7-9, 2022

Investigate the fundamentals of biochemistry, including metabolism, energy production, and metabolic disorders. Perform a coenzyme detection assay for Vitamin C, an essential nutrient needed for well-being. 

Workshop II: Cellular Biology & Disease

February 25-27, 2022 
Explore the complexities of the cell with all of its components, and the relationships between cellular health, dysfunction and disease. Utilize case studies to further investigate how cells work together to support and maintain life. 

Workshop III: Forensics & Biotechnology          

April 22-24, 2022
Delve into forensics and biotechnology of all types - including molecular and biochemical techniques and technologies, such as PCR-based approaches used to establish identities from DNA samples. Apply your knowledge by analyzing case studies on actual crimes. 

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. 

The 2022 Artificial Intelligence & Technology Track is designed for students with little to no programming experience. 

Workshop I: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 

January 7-9, 2022       
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 25-27, 2022 
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 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 22-24, 2022
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 online sessions for students’ selected track.