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Anderson Institute of Technology to host Mark Cuban Foundation AI bootcamp

Ross Norton //May 5, 2023//

Anderson Institute of Technology to host Mark Cuban Foundation AI bootcamp

Ross Norton //May 5, 2023//

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The Anderson Institute of Technology opened in 2019 and serves students in all of the Anderson County school districts. (Photo/File)The Anderson Institute of Technology will host a free Mark Cuban Foundation Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for high school students this fall. The AI Bootcamp is aimed at underserved high school students and will introduce them to basic AI concepts and skills, according to a news release.

The Anderson Institute of Technology is one of 28 sites selected to host camps across the country this fall.

The bootcamp will be held over four consecutive Saturdays from Oct. 14 to Nov. 4. Student must commit to attending all four sessions to take part. Student and parent applications are online now. Students do not need any prior experience with computer science, programming or robotics to apply and attend, the news release stated.

Topics will include what artificial intelligence is and is not, where students already interact with AI in their own lives, and the ethical implications of AI systems including TikTok recommendations, smart home assistants, facial recognition, and self-driving cars, the release stated. Participants also will learn how Large Language Models like ChatGPT are changing life as we know it by answering questions, telling original stories, and even writing computer code.

Students will benefit from volunteer corporate mentor instructors who are knowledgeable about AI, ML and data science and able to help students quickly understand material normally taught at a collegiate level, according to the release. As part of the 4-hour curriculum each day, students will work with open-source tools to build their own AI applications related to Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Generative AI.

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The Mark Cuban Foundation provides the bootcamp’s curriculum materials, trains corporate volunteer mentors, and recruits and scores applications for local student selected to attend camp. In addition, the Mark Cuban Foundation and the Anderson Institute of Technology work together to provide food, transportation, and access to laptops for students at no-cost throughout the duration of bootcamp.

Founded by Mark Cuban in 2019, the AI Bootcamp initiative has hosted no-cost AI bootcamps for students across several U.S. cities, including Dallas, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Atlantic City. More information is available on the foundation website.