Day 2: Computation, Cognition, and Stanford’s Self Driving Car

Day 2 of SAILORS was action packed as it was filled with numerous activities ranging from lectures to hands on activities to live demos.

The day kicked off with a breakfast and lecture from Professor Noah Goodman, who introduced computation and cognition to the students. A tutorial on inductive reasoning followed Professor Goodman’s lecture, and campers had the opportunity to follow along on laptops during this session.


After a meet and greet lunch with AI professors and students, campers engaged in a personal growth session on teamwork. Students were presented with a challenge: to try to keep a volleyball from touching the ground as long as possible. The girls succeeded by using a strategy they invented which involved sitting with their legs extended to prevent the ball from touching the ground.

PicMonkey Collage

A live demo from an autonomous car followed the personal growth session. Campers had the opportunity to find out how the car was built and were allowed to ask questions.

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The day concluded with a session with the research projects. We hope everybody had fun and learned a lot during day 2, and we can’t wait for day 3 and the rest of the week!

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