Entering Grades 10 – 12

Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (BAIR) High School Summer Program

Week of July 8-12, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
UC Berkeley Campus

Are you interested in the inner workings of Artificial Intelligence? In this free program, students entering grades 10–12 will explore cutting-edge AI technologies, concepts, and ethics as they learn about ongoing artificial intelligence research from Berkeley scientists and experts.

This is a unique opportunity designed for and offered to students entering grades 10-12 who have had limited access to STEM mentors and experiences outside of school, who may be the first generation in their family to attend college, and who demonstrate financial need. We especially encourage teens from groups underrepresented in the field of artificial intelligence to apply, including those who identify as: female, Black/African American, Latine, Native American or Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

This free program is available by application only.

Students learn about AI with their instructor.

Program Info

The entire program will take place on campus at BAIR Lab, where students participate in daily guest lectures and activities guided by BAIR Lab researchers, and select visits to research labs. Participants experience life on a college campus, including lunch provided daily at UC Berkeley dining halls and a campus tour.

The BAIR Lab High School Summer Program is made possible through the generous support of BAIR Labs and their ongoing partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science. It is a unique opportunity designed for and offered to students who have had limited access to STEM mentors and experiences outside of school, who may be the first generation in their family to attend college, and who demonstrate financial need. 

The Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab brings together UC Berkeley researchers across the areas of computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, planning, control, and robotics. BAIR includes over 50 faculty and more than 300 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers pursuing research on fundamental advances in many areas as well as cross-cutting themes, such as multimodal deep learning, human compatible AI, and connecting AI with other scientific disciplines and the humanities.

Participation in this program is by application and acceptance only. This program is not available for public purchase and there is no optional residential add-on available. We partner with local school STEM teachers, advisers, and administrations, as well as youth leadership and other out of school organizations to support recruitment efforts.

Important Dates

April 30, 2024

Applications due by midnight.

May 6, 2024

Award communications start.

May 27, 2024

Acceptance of award due by midnight.

July 8, 2024

Program begins.

July 12, 2024

Program ends.

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 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. Then, 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 the lecture, 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. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

This program recruits and accepts Bay Area high school youth entering grades 10–12 who have had limited access to STEM mentors and experiences outside of school, who may be the first generation in their family to attend college, and who demonstrate financial need. The goal is to bring youth who have limited access to STEM into AI college and career pathways. 

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

The 2021-23 participants in this program were approximately 66% female, 20% Black or African American, 40% Hispanic or Latine, and 20% Southeast Asian. We encourage teens from groups underrepresented in the field of artificial intelligence to apply.

How do I apply?

This free program is by application and acceptance only. This program is not available for public purchase. You can apply here through a Google form.

How to Apply

Application forms are due by Tuesday, April 30, 2024 midnight.