Summer Camp Mission

The Data Science and Technology Summer Camp provides pre-college students with a college-level learning experience to generate interest in the Data Science and Technology disciplines, and to help students become competent workforce members in the knowledge-driven economy. Specific objectives include:

  • To engage middle and high school students in designing technology-driven innovations;
  • To teach the state-of-the-art technology and data science analytical principles to support evidence-based decision making;
  • To make students aware of security and privacy issues in a digital society;
  • To ready students for the next generation knowledge work force.


The Data Science and Technology Summer Camp is designed to introduce students to designing innovation smart city solutions to challenging societal problems, such as businesses, transportation, health, energy, etc. Students will play the role of a data scientist to build the smart city solutions. Students will identify an array of data sets in different sizes and formats, with the overarching goal to build a smart and secure city. Students will learn to apply data science principles, analytical techniques and technology innovations to generate insightful and actionable knowledge from raw data to support decision making. In addition, students will learn about data security and privacy issue in data analyses. We will discuss the technical, personal, and policy solutions to address the security and privacy issues of sharing and analyzing data.

In order to achieve our goals, we apply the following principles:

  • Problem-Oriented Approach: Students will address locally relevant specific problems to ensure that the learning is relevant to their lives. They will learn how to analyze the problems from diverse stakeholders' perspectives and their differing requirements.
  • Value-Driven Research: Students will research relevant data sets and learn analysis techniques and technologies to be used to create maximum value for the purpose of solving the specified problems.
  • Technology-driven Approach: Students will study and use computer applications and software tools to create value by applying analytical techniques to the available data sets. Instructors and college student mentors will help students to learn the necessary concepts and computer tools. Students will receive hands-on training in basic application software such as word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint, as well as advanced visualization tools.
  • Mentoring-Based Approach: Students will be led by college student mentors. The mentors will instruct and guide them when solving their problems, making sure to stress the creative and fun sides of the process. They will coach the students how to interact with their colleagues through a problem-centered approach to learning.
  • Collaborative Team Approach: The students will form project teams to design problem solutions. Each student will play a role in the team. The team is led by mentors. On the last day of camp, students will have an opportunity to share their camp activities and experience with teachers, parents, relatives and friends through a multimedia presentation, which will be open to the public.

Summer Camp Eligibility

Selection for the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Students entering high school or attending high school (grades 9-12) in Staten Island
  • A strong interest in problem solving, data, statistics or technology
  • Recommendations from teachers and/or counselors
  • Preference is given to underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic, and Native American)