Fordham STEM Bootcamp: Future Leaders of AI

June 24-27, 2024 Rose Hill

This course is closed.

Explore the exciting world of AI and its potential impact on the future in this immersive 4-day summer program. Through a combination of lectures, hands-on activities, guest speaker sessions and a personal interest project, participants will come face to face with the powerful potential of Artificial Intelligence while developing an understanding of specific ways that AI can be harnessed in an area of special interest.

Skills/Learning Outcomes

Students will get to:

  • Learn to code for AI
  • Participate in hands-on projects using AI
  • Meet professionals and students from across the region interested in the same topic

Overall Takeaways

  • What problem can AI help you solve? By working in small groups, you will develop a project that applies AI concepts to address a real-world problem or challenge.
  • Presentation skills: At the last meeting, you will present your project ideas, allowing you to showcase your understanding of AI principles and demonstrate the potential positive impact of AI towards a problem or opportunity of special interest. 

Instructor Bio

Craig Vezina
Craig is the co-founder and CEO of the Spaceship Academy, winner of the Top Tier Impact Awards at the World Economic Forum’s annual convening in Davos. As an international education leader and impact entrepreneur himself, Craig has deep experience helping schools, NGOs & businesses harness the power of innovation for people and planet. 

He is a regular presenter at an array of global education, sustainability and impact events, including SXSW, ChangeNow, EdTechX, the UN Festival of Action.

Craig received his BA from Bowdoin College, MA from Columbia University and doctorate from the Centre des Etudes Diplomatique et Strategique in Paris. 

Course Schedule

  • Morning Session:

    • Welcome and Program Overview
    • Artificial Intelligence: Foundations
    • Historical Context: Evolution of AI

    Afternoon Session:

    • AI vs. Human Intelligence
    • Types of AI: Narrow vs. General
    • Practical Applications of AI in Everyday Life
  • Morning Session:

    • Importance of Ethics in AI
    • Bias and Fairness in AI Algorithms
    • Privacy Concerns and Data Security

    Afternoon Session:

    • Case Studies and Guest Speaker 2: Ethical Dilemmas in AI
    • Group Discussions and Reflection
    • Personal interests: Hands-on Project Work, What tools could you use to build an AI Chat Bot?
  • Morning Session:

    • Overview of Programming Languages in AI
    • Introduction to Python for AI
    • Basic Python Syntax, Variables, Control Structures, Functions, Hands-on Coding Exercises

    Afternoon Session:

    • Guest Speaker 1: AI for Good
  • Morning Session:

    • Impact of AI on Industry and Job Market
    • Forward Horizons : AI in Research and Development

    Afternoon Session:

    • Presentation Prep
    • Guest Speaker 3: AI Frontiers
    • Student Presentations

Course Details

Future Leaders of AI
June 24-27, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Rose Hill Campus
Instructor: Vezina

Course Number: SULA 0110 RP4
CRN: 15868

This non-credit course is open to high school students only.


Residential: $1,650.00
Tuition for the residential program includes the course, course materials, housing, meals, and excursions in and outside of class. Move-in for this program is Sunday, June 23, 2024 and move-out is Friday, June 28, 2024.

Commuter: $1,225.00
Tuition for commuters includes the course, course materials, lunches, and excursions in and outside of class. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Fordham Bookstore, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.


Application deadlines:

This course is closed.

course and housing: April 15, 2024; course only: May 1, 2024. Please note that admission decisions are rolling until the class is full, and course caps are around 20 students. We recommend early application.

Application Requirements: this non-credit course is open to high school students who have completed their first year. The course is recommended for those with a 3.0 or better. No prior experience with the subject matter is required.

To apply, you will need a copy of your high school transcript and your fall report card if the grades are not reflected on your transcript.

If you are applying for housing, a brief letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, coach, instructor, or supervisor, attesting to your maturity and responsibility as a student is required.

Please make note of the course details above because you will select your course as part of your application.


If you are not ready to apply, you can sign up to stay informed about the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy too, or email us with questions!