TechCamp@POLIMI is the first project in Italy aimed at introducing high school students to university-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) courses. These are intensive, hands-on courses, conducted in English, lasting one week each and held after the end of the school year (from June 10, 2024, to June 21, 2024) at the Città Studi and Bovisa campuses of the Politecnico di Milano.
Registrations for TechCamp@POLIMI are open from 15 February, 2024, to 31 March, 2024. High school students, starting from the end of the second year in five-year degree programs or the first year in four-year ones, can enroll online through the website https://techcamp.polimi.it/ .
In the 2024 edition, there will be 350 available places and 77 full scholarships covering the participation costs. The courses, all lasting one week, with the majority repeated over two weeks, will focus on six highly relevant STEM themes: Artificial Intelligence, Green Energy, Cybersecurity, Coding, Robotics, Mobility - Race Car Dynamics e Mobility - Intelligent and Autonomous Vehicles.
The courses are all in English and designed and taught by professors, researchers, and PhD students from the Politecnico di Milano, conducted in the university's classrooms.
On Tuesday, February 6, at 6 PM CET, there will be a preview of the TechCamp@POLIMI 2024 courses in an online presentation with the instructors. You can register here.
It will be possible to attend the meeting by connecting to this Webex link.
Here all the courses in detail:
AI BOOTCAMP – Artificial neural networks and computer vision
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is omnipresent, found in our mobile phones as well as in vehicles. Thanks to neural networks, AI can now comprehend many aspects of the world around us.
Neural networks, a computer mechanism inspired by the human brain, can learn complex tasks from examples. Today, neural networks are becoming the most powerful models of artificial intelligence when it comes to understanding images, texts, or sounds.
The course will focus on images, introducing computer vision and artificial intelligence techniques for classifying images – a seemingly simple yet perhaps the most significant visual task.
GREEN ENERGY – Green energy: pillars and dreams
The discussion about transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energies is widespread, seemingly within reach, and yet progress appears to be slow. Why isn't the ecological transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies happening tomorrow? What are the obstacles preventing it?
In this course, , we will aim to answer these questions in a technical and scientific manner. The focus will be on the three primary sources of energy: water, sunlight, and wind. The course will cover key topics related to the potential use of renewable energies, ranging from machines and systems for energy conversion to storage systems, addressing issues related to grid management along the way.
CYBERSECURITY - Cybersecurity and hacking: doing the unexpected
The world around us is permeated by technology, particularly by computer science. The systems we use daily, on which we depend, are complex. Making them function correctly is a complex task. Moreover, very often, extremely powerful and versatile systems are not fully exploited, or they have potentials that remain untapped.
Contrary to what is often communicated by the media, hacking is the ability – and art – of making technological and non-technological systems do things for which they were not intended. In a sense, it is the ability to understand them "better" than those who designed them.
MOBILITY – Race car dynamics
Covering a distance in the shortest possible time, and above all, crossing the finish line ahead of other vehicles: this is the goal of a racing car. Motorsport competitions pose a challenge not only for the drivers but also for engineers, who are constantly seeking new ideas to push technology to its limits and extract the maximum potential from the vehicle. The course aims to provide fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and, in light of these principles, explain how the chassis, tires, suspension, engine, and aerodynamics all contribute to determining the overall performance.
MOBILITY – Towards Autonomous Vehicles
Tesla, Apple, Google, and many others are trying. Will autonomous vehicles be the future? What intelligence is behind these vehicles? In the course, designed and prepared by faculty from the Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering, we will aim to answer some of these questions in a technical and scientific manner. The main tasks that an autonomous vehicle must solve will be addressed. Students will have the opportunity to experience a real, small autonomous vehicle.
Robotics: the art of intelligent motion
The course aims to introduce participants to the concepts of robots and programming. Various stimulating questions will be addressed: What is a robot? What movements can it perform? How can we describe its motion? How can we make it move as we wish? What does it mean to program a robot? Basic tools will be provided to answer these questions. Participants will also have the opportunity to program a real robot and observe the results of their programming.
CODING – Python, a language for inventors of worlds
The course will introduce Python, a powerful language for exploration and programming that will provide students with exciting possibilities: programming the objects around them, simulating aspects of human intelligence, writing video games, processing images, and synthesizing music. Above all, they will become familiar with a powerful way to extend their thoughts and gain a clearer idea of what is possible with computers.
TechCamp@POLIMI, born from the idea of Silvia Strada and Mara Tanelli, professors at the Politecnico di Milano, and Francesca Sibella, is organized by the Politecnico di Milano in collaboration with Fondazione Politecnico.
Enrollment in a weekly course costs €800, and all students who have applied for admission will be evaluated as potential recipients of a scholarship.
If accomodation and meals are desired, an agreement has been established with a city hostel, and participants will need to arrange this independently.