Transformative Technologies

Pre-Collegiate Summer Immersion Program coming Summer 2020!

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Seattle University’s Summer Immersion program welcomes competitive high school juniors and seniors looking for an opportunity to explore the ethics of machine learning technologies. Students will spend two weeks learning about transformative technologies, and have the experience of applying what they learn during visits to local tech industry leaders.  Students will leave the program with an understanding of the basic principles of machine learning, analytics, and artificial intelligence. Students will also develop a legal and ethical framework to think about how to optimize such technologies so they contribute to human well-being.

In addition to the course in Transformative Technologies, students will participate in a Leadership Boot Camp where they will engage in activities designed to promote self-awareness and skills that will support them in the college application/admission process, including personal essay design and college interviewing.

And of course, the program would not be complete without the fun cultural experience of summertime in Seattle!  We will explore Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill, the Space Needle, and Seattle Center, including the Museum of Pop Culture and more.

  • The course is for entering Juniors and Seniors (16~18 years old)
  • 3 college credits may be earned for U.S. High School students 

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Seattle University, Seattle, WA


Coming Summer 2020!


Transformative Technologies

This course will examine the opportunities and challenges introduced by machine learning technologies such as autonomous cars and chatbots through the perspectives of the law and ethical values.

Topics Covered

  • Types and uses of algorithms
  • Basic programming for algorithms (no background required)
  • Data collection and processing
  • Ethical uses of data
  • Types and uses of machine learning and AI
  • Ethical development of AI

Leadership Bootcamp

  • Leadership Theory and Models
  • Personal Story and Values Assessment
  • College Application/Interview Realities 
  • The 650-word College Personal Statement



Need more information?

Geneva Lasprogata Sedgwick

Director of University Summer Programs