Introduction to Machine Learning

Introduction to Machine Learning
According to jobs website LinkedIn, Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist and Data Scientist are the top emerging jobs for 2020, and colleges are scrambling to add degree programs in these fields. What are AI, machine learning (ML), and data science? These are the ideas and algorithms that enable self-driving cars, and teach music apps like Pandora to predict what music you like. Data scientists program computers to find patterns that humans themselves cannot find.

The core techniques are based on statistics and computer programming. This class, taught by faculty and students from CU's Applied Mathematics and Computer Science departments (and part of CU's new Statistics and Data Science major), is a fast-paced introduction to Python programming, statistics and ML algorithms, and involves hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, concluding with the development of a 20 Questions Game. Curriculum is geared toward advanced high school students, preferably with some prior experience programming.

Due to COVID-19, this year the course will follow a Coursera curriculum, with our instructors presenting and answering questions online. Students may optionally pay for an official Coursera certificate (usually $50).

Open to high school students from any Colorado school
Participants should have prior experience with computer programming

Questions? Contact Dr. Stephen Becker (, 303-492-0662)

*This class will consist of a combination of three synchronous sessions during the day and asynchronous work sessions.

Synchronous sessions will include:
9:00-9:45 a.m. Daily overview, guest speakers
12:30-1:00 p.m. Post-lunch review, guest speakers
2:45-3:00 p.m. Daily wrap-up

Asynchronous sessions will vary from track to track. Instructors will share details 1 week before the camps begin.

*For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.
Ages: High School Only
July 13-17 - 9:00 - 3:00
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