Entering 10 – 11

A.I. 4 All-Artificial Intelligence for Real-Life Problem Solving

AI4ALL is a scholarship application registration process and not available for public purchase. Funding is provided in full to those accepted to the program. Accepting applications until midnight April 10, 2023!

Are you curious about the future of artificial intelligence (AI)? Explore cutting-edge AI technologies and concepts! Learn about ongoing artificial intelligence research from Berkeley scientists and experts. Then, develop your own skills in hands-on workshops on coding, creating a machine learning model, and mathematical concepts underpinning AI.

This program is a partnership between The Lawrence and the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab, and was designed specifically to serve BIPOC, female, and/or first-generation college students. A special application process is being used to apply for this program. No prerequisite coursework is required. If you would like to start or continue your path to becoming one of the AI developers of tomorrow, please apply.

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Camp Info

Dates: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, 07/24/2023 – 07/28/2023

Location: Soda Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Housing: No on-campus housing available.

Food: Lunch is provided.

Program Tuition: $0 – AI4ALL is a scholarship program and not available for public purchase. Accepting applications until midnight April 10, 2023!

A Day in the Life

Our days begin with a guest lecturer, usually a UC Berkeley AI or Computer Science (CS)  professor, describing the research that they do with AI systems. These one-hour lectures usually focus on either providing a high-level overview of how certain AI systems work on a technical level and the problems they are trying to solve, or how those systems interact with society and social systems and the affordances, limitations, and deleterious outcomes of such interactions.

After these lectures and Q&A with the professors, we engage in a quick interactive and kinesthetic activity related to the day’s learning objectives that also gets us on our feet and engaging socially with one another. Afterward, we engage in a participatory lecture: that is, a lecture that is broken into smaller pieces with individual and group tasks interspersed to provide opportunities to engage with the content being lectured about.

These participatory lectures cover the basics of the pertinent AI concepts that are foundational to the project work aspects of the program. After this work, we take an hour break for lunch and socialization; sometimes graduate and undergraduate students join us to mingle and talk with us about studying AI and CS at the college level.

Upon returning from lunch, we turn our attention to either: (1) foundational technical skill development or (2) project work. That is, earlier in the week, most afternoons are spent on introductory Python programming knowledge, hands-on experience developing machine-learning models, and building an understanding of mathematical concepts underlying AI systems.

Later in the week, these skills and knowledge sets are applied to real-world AI problems under the mentorship of AI graduate students. Participants will also visit robotics labs that focus on human-compatible AI and will meet with the respective faculty and graduate students in those labs.

Staff Bio

UC Berkeley AI graduate students will teach the course, and there will be guest lectures from multiple AI and computer science (CS) faculty.

Tim Hurt is a science curriculum developer and researcher at the Lawrence Hall of Science. He has been an educator for the past 10 years, has experience teaching all grades K–12, and has led UC Berkeley’s AI4ALL since 2019. He has developed curricula for grades K–12 with materials covering physics, engineering, and space science. He currently works on projects related to developing and researching AI exhibits for the Lawrence Hall of Science museum floor. Tim has an undergraduate degree in Physics from University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Information and Data Science from University of California, Berkeley.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in this Teen Research Program?

AI4ALL aims to, and does consistently, recruit and retain Bay Area high school youth entering grades 10 and 11 from marginalized communities and of identities that are underrepresented in the current AI workforce. The goal is to bring these youth into AI career pathways.

How will I know if I qualify?

Specifically, AI4ALL focuses its Summer Program recruitment efforts on youth from groups historically excluded from AI. In general, UC Berkeley’s AI4ALL program seeks to serve at least 20 local Bay Area youth every summer for our 1-week program.

What has the group make-up been in previous years?

As an example of the outcomes of marginalized regions recruitment efforts, the 2021 cohort selected for UC Berkeley’s AI4ALL program of a total of 30 youth was: 66% female, as well as 27% Black or African American, 40% Hispanic or Latine, and 14% South/Southeast Asian.