Faculty from the Computer Science (CS) department and staff from the Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library (PSC) combined to host 12 computer science Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) camp summer sessions August 8 through August 12.
Hosted in the PSC Visualization Lab (VizLab) and the CS lab in Klamath Hall, SAIL high school campers interactively learned about algorithms, cybersecurity, encryption, 3D design and printing, collecting, evaluating and visualizing data, experimentation by building eco-friendly paper and straw airplanes, game and web application programming, building and programming robot cars, and artificial intelligence and machine learning through hand-written digits. Campers also enjoyed conversations about career and educational paths and opportunities.
Campers and session leaders found the experience exciting and impactful, despite only twelve of the original 20 high school students being in attendance after SAIL cancelled camper residency due to COVID concerns. The CS department is excited to build on this experience and participate in the SAIL program in future years.
The CS SAIL camp was led by Phil Colbert, and sessions were conducted by Phil Colbert (CS), Joseph McLaughlin (CS graduate student), Dean Walton (PSC), Ram Durairajan (CS), Eric Wills (CS), Jee Choi (CS), and Reza Rejaie (CS).
Refer to the UO SAIL website (sail.uoregon.edu) for more information about the SAIL program.
Refer to the PSC Visualization Lab website (library.uoregon.edu/psc-visualization-lab) for more information about the VizLab.