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Posted Feb 9, 2019 (Saturday) *******************************************************************************

TOPIC: For Students Interested in doing Artificial Intelligence Project *****************************

This webpage is notes from the Director for those students who have registered but have not yet completed their application - ie their interview questions & short interview video per the DLG application webpage. This Director’s Notes web page will be password protected after the Feb 24 deadline.

Only students who have applied and been accepted to the DLG Summer-at-Discovery’s Edge (SADE) program will then have access to this web page.

Today’s post is for those students who are interested in being considered for our program’s MOST challenging summer project — developing a video game that teaches itself how to play … using AI.

We need to identify those students before the Feb 24 deadline so that we can help them get a headstart getting ready for the summer. The AI project is only offered as a 10-week option.

So if you wish to be considered for this high visibility project then you must do these 2 Steps:

Step 1. as soon as you read this post, send an email to to indicate your interest. Use the following template for your email header, X, Y, and Z will be explained.

DLG AI Project X Y Z PutYourLastNameHere PutYourFirstNameHere

Step 2. separately submit your completed application (interview video, etc) ASAP. The deadline for applying for the Artificial Intelligence project is 11PM Eastern Feb 17 (Sunday).

Back to your email in Step 1 above, replace X, Y, and Z in the template with the following

X = what grade you will be in this Fall 2019 — e.g. X = 12 if 12th grade, X = 13 if you will be a college freshmen, etc… you must be at least 12th grade next Fall to be considered

We regret that we can not make any exceptions for 11th graders. AI is just too challenging. However we will offer an DLG AI Seminar Series open to all to learn AI Fundamentals.

Y = the number of programming languages that you have experience with; e.g. = 2

Z = your ACT score — ACT should be at least 30 to be considered for the AI project.

For a notional Sarah Garcia - a college sophomore in the Fall, who has programmed in 2 programming languages, and has an ACT score for 31, her email would have the following:

DLG AI Project 14 2 31 Garcia Sarah

IMPORTANT — we do NOT ask for ACT, SAT, or GPA for any other SADE project … just for the AI project… because we want to make sure that you have a chance to succeed. Minimum requirement of 12th grade, at least 2 programming languages, and ACT of at least 30 is simply to make sure that students have the minimum amount of maturity, programming experience, and demonstrated ability to learn fast — that is crucial for a successful AI project in just 10 weeks.

This project is the ONLY project this summer that has this stringent of a pre-requisites.

REMEMBER: we must receive completed application BEFORE 11PM Eastern Feb 17 (Sunday) if you want to be considered for a summer project in Artificial Intelligence.

So recapping: you must (1) send us your DLG AI email right now plus (2) submit your interview application a week early if you wish to be considered for the Artificial Intelligence project.

Everyone else has until the normal Feb 24th deadline to complete their application so that we can start project selection and team formation for the remaining projects areas shortly afterwards.

Posted Feb 8, 2019 (Friday) **********************************************************************************

TOPIC: SADE is a Senior Capstone like Experience *****************************************************

Today’s post is designed to help students planning to apply to our summer program get a better understanding of the opportunity being offered and the uniquely rewarding experience that it is meant to be.

Today’s post lays the foundation for tomorrow’s post — which will specifically be for those students interested in being considered for Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects. This summer’s AI projects will be DLG’s most technically (and professionally) challenging project this summer.

Tomorrow’s post will go into some of the specifics and EARLY preparation that is required if you want to be considered for the AI summer projects.

We call our summer program Summer-at-Discovery’s-Edge (SADE). The experience primarily targets the last 2 years of high school and the first 2 years of college to give students the opportunity to accelerate their technical and professional development. We do this through an experience that mimics a college senior capstone or senior design project.

A senior capstone or senior design project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students, typically during their final year of an undergraduate engineering or computer science program.

So a SADE student will get an experience that is clearly meant to give them a 2 to 3 year head start on their peers after successfully completely a 10-week SADE project. A 10-week SADE project is designed to help strengthen your resume for future paid internships and employment.

The following paragraphs of today’s post are lifted from various websites that define and describe capstones so that students can appreciate the unique opportunity that SADE is offering.

Although the experience can vary from college to college and program to program, in general students are assigned a project topic or area that interests them, conduct research on the subject, maintain a portfolio of findings or results, create a prototype demonstrating their learning or conclusions (a paper, short film, or multimedia presentation, for example), and give an oral presentation on the project to a panel of peers or professionals who collectively evaluate its quality. A SADE 10-week project mimics that senior capstone experience.

Capstone projects are generally designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting—i.e., skills that will help prepare them for college, modern careers, and adult life.

You will “learn how to learn” through a DLG SADE project - a powerful(!) skill to develop.

In most cases, the projects are also interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills or investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge.

Capstone projects also tend to encourage students to connect their projects to community issues or problems - to help make this world a better place, and to integrate outside-of-school learning experiences, including activities such as interviews, scientific observations, or internships.

Posted Feb 6, 2019 ********************************************************************************************

TOPIC: Conference Call Again This Sunday - Optional ************************************************

I am offering to hold a conference call 2 times this Sunday (Feb 10) at 4PM and 9PM East Coast time for the new students that registered this past week. LIke last week, the 30 minute conference call is not mandatory however we will discuss our DLG program, the projects, and our plans plus process.

If you attended the conference call last week, you do not need to attend this one. It is being offered to the students who registered this past week and to students that were not able to call into a conference call last week. Again - this conference call is voluntary. It is simply for those who want to get a head start on getting ready for the summer program which will start in early June.

We will keep the call to 30 minutes but I will stay on the line to answer questions. Like last time, a meeting summary will be due before 11PM East Coast time the next day (in this case Feb 11).

Don't forget that even though you registered for the program, you MUST submit the rest of the application before the deadline to answer the interview questions in a short interview video. The full instructions are on the application web page. The link is at the top of the DLG home page.

IMPORTANT: the 11PM EST, Feb 24 deadline is a hard deadline - it is non-negotiable. If we receive your application at 11:01PM, we will regrettably reject your application. So please don’t think that sending it at 10:59PM means you beat the deadline. If it doesn’t get to us through the internet until 11:01PM, please know that we will not be able to accept your application. We learned the hard way that deadlines have to be deadlines if this program is to be successful.

For the conference calls: 30 minutes before the scheduled conference call that you plan to attend, you will send a confirmation text to phone number (XXX) XXX-XXXX — the actual phone number will be provided to everyone in an email that I will send tonight to all that have registered.

Your 30 minute confirmation text to me will read something like this:

Dr. Williams, this is YourFirstName YourLastName confirming that I will be attending the conference call in 30 minutes. Then add any question you’d like answered in the conference right here.

and then don't forget to then dial into the conference phone line 3 minutes before the start of the conference call that you plan to attend. The conference phone line and access code are:

Dial-in number (US): (YYY) YYY-YYYY and Access code:  ZZZZZZ

will be provided in the same email I send tonight with the ph # for confirmation text. When you dial the conference phone number and you get a busy signal, it means you entered number incorrectly — that has happened to me before. Simply try again but pay close attention to the phone number.

Don’t Be Confused: you will send confirmation text to phone number (XXX) XXX-XXXX but you will dial into the conference phone line (YYY) YYY-YYYY. The two numbers are NOT the same.

Posted Feb 5, 2019 ********************************************************************************************

TOPIC: General Information - firm deadline to complete application is Feb 24th ****************

After Feb 24, this web-page will be password protected to restrict access only to students admitted into the program. This web page will then be used for Director Notes to the Students to make sure DLG students are kept in the loop on all important program matters.

We completed the first round of conference calls on Sunday for students who registered to go over the program, project, and process. Students who registered must still apply to be selected.

We also answered questions sent in by students in their 30 minute confirmation text. As noted in past emails, these conference calls are NOT mandatory but offered simply as a courtesy.

IMPORTANT: Deadline for receiving the application is Feb 24, 2019. Late submittals will be rejected. Application web page has details: (1) short interview questions (2) short interview video

The 5 main project areas are artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, wearable technology, cybersecurity, and the engineering of 3D printed drones. Students will work together on teams. Students can apply for 5-week baseline experience or the 10-week more technical experience.

AI is the MOST challenging project. It is offered only as a 10-week program. Two minimum requirements to be considered for this project were discussed in the phone call.

Details for how to get ready for an awesome(!) summer experience will go out to the students selected from the applications received by the Feb 24 deadline.

We will assign projects & form project teams in March by first getting our avatars and meeting in our 3D virtual campus so that we can hit ground … sprinting when the program starts in early June.

They will be real-world projects tackling real-world problems using real-world processes. Students who take full ownership of this unique summer experience will have a 2-3 year jumpstart on their peers in building up a truly compelling resume for future college and job applications.

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