Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp Expands the World of Computer Science

The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Outreach Summer (SAILORS) program was born in 2014 when then-Ph.D. student Olga Russakovsky was in search of a way to make an impact outside of writing another research paper. What she and Fei-Fei Li, director of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, created was a two-week summer day camp for 10th grade girls centered on how artificial intelligence can change the world. This July marked the second year of the program. “It seems like a lot of girls are interested in these fields, but then drop out as their education progresses,” says Russakovsky. “We created a camp centered around teaching AI from a humanist prospective.” Russakovsky, who is now a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, says the camp aimed to address three things: the lack…


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