Day 4: Robotics Demos and Field Trip to Computer History Museum

Day 4 began with a relaxed breakfast where the girls had a Q/A session with SAILORS teaching assistant and operation chair Pamela Toman.

Campers then had the opportunity to engage in a lecture about robotics with Dr. Mohammad Khansari. The presentation covered a wide range of topics ranging from the types of robots to the impact of robots in the real world. Many robots, such as haptic touch robots and underwater robots, were also demo-ed during this session. Students had the opportunity not only to learn how these machines worked, but also got to interact with and control the robots.

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After the lecture, the students had another session with their research projects. A field trip to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View followed the research project activities. Prof. Edward Feigenbaum, Penny Nii, and Sue Mickel led tours that taught students everything from the evolution of computers to the development of AI.

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From seeing the Babbage engine, the world’s first automatic computing machine, to learning about notable women in computer science history, like Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and women of ENIAC, the museum trip proved not only to be fun but also educational.


As Day 4 draws to a conclusion, we hope that the campers are just as excited as we are for Day 5!


Day 3: Biomedical Informatics, the Fisher’s Exact Test, and GirlCode

Day 3 of SAILORS kicked off with a breakfast and lecture with Prof. Marina Sirota, who introduced the topic of biomedical informatics to the campers. The students learned about how biomedical data, when used hand in hand with AI, can be utilized to improve the problem solving process in human health.


A tutorial on Fisher’s exact test followed the lecture. The girls learned that this test is used to determine the significance of the association between two characteristics. Students also had the opportunity to try out the test with tutorials on their laptops.

A social lunch with campers of GirlCode, a summer programming camp at Stanford, followed the morning activities. After that, students learned about effective scientific communication. The presenter, PhD student Marius Cătălin Iordan, gave tips on how to deliver great presentation.

Students took notes and practiced techniques on how to give an effective presentation during this activity.

The day concluded with a session with the research projects. Students in the natural language processing project learned about probability with red and green grapes, while self-driving car campers coded their robots to follow a line. Campers in both the genome and the computer vision projects learned new concepts and furthered their skills in Python.

Campers in the natural language processing research project enjoyed a lesson about probability outside.

We can’t wait for day 4, and we hope that the girls are just as excited as we are for the days to come!

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.

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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!

Day 1: Computer Vision, Icebreakers, and more!

Although we have only had one day at SAILORS, the campers have already learned a little about computer vision, dived into their research projects, and acquainted themselves with AI PhD students, professors, and their fellow peers.

The day kicked off with a breakfast and a warm welcome from the AI community. After that, Olga Russakovsky, program director and PhD student, led an engaging discussion exploring the importance of computer vision. Campers were exposed to the techniques robots used to differentiate objects from one another as well as the impact that computer vision could have in the real world.


After the lecture, students embarked upon a tour of the Stanford campus and the engineering buildings. SAILORS staff members delivered entertaining descriptions that were dotted with personal experiences during the tour.


Campers then enjoyed a relaxing lunch outside on the grass, where they had the opportunity not only to get to know each other better but also to converse with AI lab members.


After lunch and the icebreakers, students had their first session of their research projects. These projects aimed to implement AI into real world situations in order to help humans. Research project topics include making hospitals safer with computer vision, assisting disaster relief with natural language processing, decoding DNA and finding meaning in the genome, and predicting the future of personal transportation with self driving cars.

With the conclusion of day one, the mentors and teachers of SAILORS hope that the campers are as excited as they are for day two and the rest of the week!