Course Overview

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the way we live, study, work, and interact with technology. This summer program offers an immersive experience in AI application development, equipping students with the knowledge and skills to develop, and deploy AI-powered applications in various domains, from healthcare and finance to entertainment and social media. Through a combination of hands-on projects, lectures, and collaborative learning, students will gain a deep understanding of AI technologies and their practical applications.

This course is designed for high school students who are passionate about AI and want to gain practical skills in AI application development. It will prepare students to embark on a journey into the exciting world of AI and make a significant impact on the future of technology. Students will also be well-versed in the ethical considerations of AI development, setting the foundation for responsible and innovative AI solutions.

Join us this summer for a transformative learning experience in AI application development.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a solid understanding of what AI is and its various applications.
  • Gain practical experience in developing basic machine learning models using Python and relevant libraries.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of supervised and unsupervised learning.
  • Learn how to collect, clean, and preprocess data for AI applications.
  • Apply this knowledge to build and deploy simple AI projects, such as predictive models.
  • Explore the ethical considerations and potential biases in AI applications.
  • Understand the importance of designing AI systems responsibly.

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 156

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $4,095
  • Commuter: $3,166

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session II: Monday, July 22 – Friday, August 2, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Required Supplies/Knowledge

All students are required to have their own laptops with a minimum of 8 GB RAM for handling larger datasets and complex models and a solid-State Drive (SSD) with at least 256 GB of storage for faster data access and model training.

Students should also have basic programming knowledge (Python preferred but not required), and a strong desire to learn and explore the world of AI.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

A typical day might include a structured schedule with a mix of lectures, classroom activities, hands-on coding, project work, and breaks for relaxation and reflection.

During a classroom instruction time block, there will be a field trip to AI industry where students are introduced to AI professionals and career opportunities.

Instructor Bio

Priyantha Kumarawadu

Dr. Priyantha Kumarawadu is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department at Syracuse University. His research interests broadly lie in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and Internet-of-Things (IoT), focusing on the application of deep learning and AI algorithms in developing new methodologies for real-time decision making to solve challenging real-world problems. Building deep learning-based software to make real world impact in the areas of health, agriculture, and education is one of the primary objectives of his research. He further extends his research to explore the impact of artificial intelligence in social, economic and cultural context, and the usage of machine learning to secure IoT infrastructures in various application domains such as smart homes, smart health, and smart wearables.

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