This program is primarily for 1st year and 2nd year undergraduate studentsto include incoming freshmen (student who will start their freshmen year this Fall 2019) who are eager to get a 2-3 year head start on their peers in accelerating the development of their technical and professional skills.

No prior experience is required for most of the projects but there is an assumption that the student candidate thrives on challenges and has the willingness to take ownership of their experience.

Under the Summer-at-Discovery’s Edge (SADE) opportunity, students will:

  • be assigned research opportunities and hands-on experience that will give them a 2-3 year head start over their peers

  • gain real world experience that will strengthen their resume with employable skills

  • create potential professional networking opportunities with other students, mentors, professors, and industry professionals

Some of the projects that our undergraduate students have worked on include, but are not limited to: 

  • Virtual Reality (VR) – work on an avatar team to develop virtual reality projects such as our Moon Base 2044 or to create an AI campus, etc.

    • NOTE: all students will begin by participating in a short “Virtual Reality Academy (VRA)” to gain working knowledge familiarity with DLG’s 3D virtual campus technology before beginning their selected project.

  • Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals - an extremely challenging project-based introduction to Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals for students with strong computer programming background and experience with college-level mathematics. The most technically challenging project we’ve ever offered.

  • Telepresence Robotics - for onsite teams, gain hands-on experience with a humanoid robot. Use of neural headset for thought-controlled robotics.

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals– learn basic cybersecurity and apply it to create a cybersecurity game in virtual world or cyber testbed for ethical hacking.

  • 3D Printed Drone Engineering – gain experience as an avatar in “drone” engineering design principles.

  • Wearable Technologies – explore wearable technologies for medical applications - specifically a heart attack alert shirt.

  • BIG Data Analytics & Forensics - explore Publicly Available Information - processing of unstructured social media such as YouTube, Twitter, websites, etc.

NOTE: every project is team-based and so there must be enough students interested in a particular project areas to form a credible team before the project will be assigned. Virtual Reality projects serve as the go-to foundational project — especially for students who are interested in learning or applying programming skills.

Some of these project areas are offered to high school students on their web page but at a beginner-level appropriate for high school students. These project areas are offered to college students here at much higher, more technically demanding levels as senior-capstone-like projects.

From the available options, we selected the OpenSimulator (“OpenSim”) platform, primarily because it is a free and open-source option. All that is needed to connect to our virtual 3D campus is a suitable computer, internet access, and an approved avatar account.

Two principal tracks are typically available — a 5-week track and a 10-week track as a project-based learning experience. The 10-week track is available for all projects. Some 10-week projects can be re-scoped to be suitable for the 5-week track while others are too technically intense to allow for successful completion in only 5 weeks.

Artificial Intelligence is a project area that is offered as only a 10-week Track while the Virtual Reality is offered as both a 5-week and a 10-week Track.

NOTE: we’ve opened up the summer program for late applicants in June. Consequently, we are offering a 6-week track for June applicants; ie the 5-week track extended by an added week. Because there is a large AI team that started in early June, we are comfortable in offering the AI track as a 6-week track project option for those interested in AI.

The application process for this new 6-week track has opened up with a June 30th deadline - however we strongly encourage students to apply by June 23rd so that they can have a strong early start for their official kick off on July 1st (Monday).

“A meaningful experience.”

"It was with Discovery Lab - Global (DLG) where I recognized and built my competitive professional skill set. I was given the freedom to go out and solve exciting real problems involving Data Analytics. I worked in teams and was able to act as a leader among my peers, as well as collaborate in small sub teams so that we could make progress on the project at hand. Some of my teammates would later become my best friends. Through the internship I also had to communicate clearly and quickly with those around me.  DLG provided me with a meaningful experience and pushed me to develop a competitive skill set."

— Ethan A.