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Training America’s Next Generation of AI Leaders

The Pasadena Educational Foundation, Caltech, and JPL teamed up with the Mark Cuban Foundation to host a free, 4-week Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for Pasadena Unified high school students. Program was held at the Caltech campus and featured special guest speakers and lab exercises conducted by JPL mentors: Valentino Constantinou, Chris Mattmann, and Kai Pak. No prior coding experience was required.

Students received hands-on learning experiences in:

  • Computer Vision
  • Natural Language Processing Chatbots
  • Machine Learning
  • And more…

The program aims to increase AI literacy and understanding for students from traditionally underserved populations including students of color, women, and those receiving free and reduced lunch.

2021 bootcamps were held simultaneously in cities across the US with generous support from the following companies:

  •     Addison, TX (Elevate Credit and Headstorm) [DISD & CFBISD]
  •     Dallas, TX (Walmart)
  •     Fort Worth, TX (Elevate Credit)
  •     Plano, TX (Perficient)
  •     Austin, TX (Dell)
  •     Philadelphia, PA (CSL Behring)
  •     Pittsburgh, PA (The Readiness Institute at Penn State)
  •     Atlantic City, NJ (ThoughtSpot)
  •     Providence, RI (Hasbro)
  •     Chicago, IL (McDonald’s)
  •     Birmingham, AL (Protective Life)
  •     Detroit, MI (Argo AI)
  •     Des Moines, IA (Granular)
  •     Pasadena, CA (Pasadena Educational Foundation)