SFU Invent the Future program reaches more students than ever before

July 30, 2020

For the third consecutive year, SFU’s School of Computing Science hosted the Invent the Future: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scholars Program. From July 13-24, 36 female high school students explored the world of AI by learning from researchers in the field, participating in workshops, and working on AI projects with other participants and the help of mentors.

Given the challenges due to COVID-19, this year’s program took place virtually rather than at SFU’s Burnaby campus. Despite this, the goals of the program never changed. In fact, moving the program to an online format allowed Invent the Future to expand upon its vision and scope.

“We wanted to maintain four main goals of our program: building community, meeting role models, gaining expertise in AI and developing a portfolio project,” says program co-director and computing science professor Angelica Lim. To ensure the program was accessible for all participants, the organizers provided laptops to those who needed it.

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