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 four tracks: Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence & Technology, Biomedical Engineering and Technology, and Medical Science


Dates:

March 3-5, 2023
March 31- April 2, 2023
May 5--7, 2023


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 6-8, 2023
February 24-26, 2023
April 21-23, 2023 

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 2023 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 2023 ALA (8-9) WORKSHOP TOPICS BELOW WILL BE UPDATED IN DECEMBER 2022

 

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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. The Workshop Topics Below will be Updated in December 2022.

Workshop I: Intro to Biomedical Engineering

March 3-5, 2023       
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: Advances in Biomedical Engineering 

March 31-April 2, 2023
Investigate some of the major biomedical engineering innovations that changed the scenario of medicine and healthcare worldwide, such as pocket-sized ultrasound devices, a global bio-bank, 3-D digital hearts, cancer diagnosing artificial intelligence, and more! 

Workshop III: Nano-Biotechnology & Medicine

May 5-7, 2023
Discover the current uses of micro- and nano-particles/ materials used by STEM professionals. Develop your own nano-biotechnology design ideas and implementations! 


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. The Workshop Topics Below will be Updated in December 2022.


Workshop I: Mathematical Models and Scaling                       

March 3-5, 2023      
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

March 31-April 2, 2023
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 5-7, 2023
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. The Workshop Topics Below will be Updated in December 2022.

Workshop I: Scientific Inquiry and Themes in Biology                                  

March 3-5, 2023        
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.

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

March 31-April 2, 2023
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 and study of this fundamental molecule.

Workshop III: Applications of Biology to Health & Disease         

May 5-7, 2023
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. Get ready for group discussions, case study analysis and an experiment from the comfort of your own home.

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 Workshop Topics Below will be Updated in December 2022.

Workshop I: A Survey of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Humans

March 3-5, 2023       
Explore the history of artificial intelligence and the frontiers of its current research areas. Examine where humans are in relation to the stages of AI and the research being done in the different domains of AI to push society to the next level of existence. Use Python to build a handwriting recognition tool.

Workshop II: Bring the Machine to the Human

March 31-April 2, 2023
Artificial Intelligence has great potential to assist humans in life-enhancing tasks. However, this requires machines that can communicate at the human level. Analyze human-computer communication by using Python to build and train a chatbot assistant.

Workshop III: Human-Computer Communication: I See, I See

May 5-7, 2023
Building on lessons from the two previous workshops, this workshop explores the methods of human-computer communication. Delve into how machines can learn to interact with humans through gestures. Use a Raspberry Pi to create a device capable of communicating with humans through the use of hand signals.

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

Due to COVID-19, the 2023 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: Electricity & the Brain's Neurological Network

January 6-8, 2023       
Explore the intersection of electrical and mechanical systems and design your own neural network!

Workshop II: Neurological Function and the Blood-Brain Barrier

February 24-26, 2023 
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! 

Workshop III: Engineering Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics of the Heart

April 21-23, 2023

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


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:  How Sweet It Is: Math and Chemistry in the Kitchen               
January 6-8, 2023

How are science and math related to cooking? How do chefs use the principles of the scientific method in their everyday lives? In this workshop, we will explore chemical reactions and their applications to cooking and baking to understand the science behind our favorite foods and meals.

Workshop II: Math & Physics of Carnival Games

February 24-26, 2023 
How can you optimize your chance of winning at an arcade or carnival game? How many times can you shuffle a deck of cards differently? In this workshop, students will learn how probability, statistics, and physics can help you win (or lose) a game.

Workshop III: Optics and Lasers: Let There Be Light

April 21-23, 2023
What are lasers and how do they work? In this workshop, we will talk about the properties of light and discover the many applications of lasers in science and technology. Principles of quantum mechanics will be introduced to explain how mirrors, lenses, and lasers work.



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: Mendelian and non-Mendelian Inheritance

January 6-8, 2023

Explore the mechanisms that underlie inheritance in eukaryotic organisms. Analyze the work of Gregor Mendel and then delve into foundational topics, such as co-dominance, epistasis and behavior effects on gene expression. Investigate the relationship between aberrant cell division and human genetic disorders.  

Workshop II: Extranuclear and Epigenetic Inheritance

February 24-26, 2023 
Investigate the inheritance of organelles and other cellular structures, such as mitochondrial inheritance and chloroplast inheritance in photosynthetic organisms. Discover how within epigenetics, diet and lifestyle can alter gene expression patterns within cellular lineages. 

Workshop III: Mutations, DNA Repair, and Cancer Genetics          

April 21-23, 2023
Analyze the molecular causes and effects of DNA damage on protein function and disease. Dive into genetic engineering and gene therapy by learning techniques employed by researchers and clinicians. Then explore the etiology and treatment of cancer in humans. 

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 Python

January 6-8, 2023       
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). Learn the basics of computer programming and the benefits of using Python for A.I. Research.

Workshop II: Intro to Data Analysis

February 24-26, 2023 
Apply your newly-developed Python skills and collaborate with your peers to analyze a data set.  In this workshop, we'll use public data records and online visualization tools to find patterns in data and explore what your data analysis reveals about humans and human behavior.

Workshop III: Intro to Natural Language Processing

April 21-23, 2023
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 smart home? Or how automated systems are able to understand your responses? In this workshop, we'll discover how computers are trained to understand various modes of human input to mimic human behavior and intelligence.

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