Seth Bonder Summer Camp in Computational and Data Science

Seth Bonder Summer Camp in Computational and Data Science

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Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering

College of Engineering, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | July 23-27, 2018

The Seth Bonder Summer Camp in Computational and Data Science for Engineering is intended for high school students interested in engineering who have no or minimal background in data science and computer programming. The camp only requires that participants are able to use a browser and have the desire to learn computational and data science through meaningful and exciting applications, in machine learning, optimization, computational social science, and genomics. See the pictures of the 2017 edition.

The camp uses Snap!, a visual programming language that is easy to learn. Key concepts underlying computational thinking and data science are introduced in the context of relevant applications. The camp will combine lectures with significant lab time, during which students will develop compelling Snap! programs.

(Programming using Snap)

The camp is supervised by Pascal Van Hentenryck and an army of amazing graduate and undergraduate students in computer science and industrial and operations engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. They share a passion for teaching, technology, and the applications of technology for societal benefits. The camp is partly supported by a generous gift from the Seth Bonder Foundation. It is based on a course Pascal designed and taught at the Australian National University in the beautiful country of Australia in 2015. The course was intended for college students with no background in computer science.

You will…

  • learn the Snap! programming language;
  • discover computation and data science;
  • see how data science is changing social science, medicine, biology, and engineering;
  • guess the mood of people from their tweets;
  • solve Sudoku effortlessly;
  • diagnose diseases from symptoms;

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You only need…

  • a desire to learn and have fun
  • the ability to use basic algebra
  • the ability to use a web browser 🙂


The Application page for 2018 will open February 23, 2018.