International Institutes - Workshops

Participants work on a hands-on laboratory experiment.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes provides workshops that are exploratory in nature and are taught in a seminar-style setting that emphasizes participation, interaction, communication, and developing critical thinking skills. Instructors bring their particular areas of expertise to provide insight into a variety of academic and professional fields.

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Artificial Intelligence

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Artificial Intelligence

This class is a fun, challenging, and fast-paced introduction to Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field that has a long history but is still constantly and actively growing and changing. In this workshop, the students learn the basics of modern AI.

Business and Entrepreneurship

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Business and Entrepreneurship

What is entrepreneurship and how do you create a successful startup? How do you develop an innovative idea into a business opportunity? This workshop presents an introduction to entrepreneurial thinking based on ideas developed at Stanford and practical experiences in Silicon Valley, California. This workshop provides a toolkit to create value, to identify opportunity and market need, and teaches methods to test new ideas. Students will learn about important processes and thinking skills that are critical to the success of innovative enterprises.

Creative Writing

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Creative Writing

This is a workshop in creativity and in writing and how the two can work together to jumpstart the imagination. No experience in the writing of poems, stories, or personal essays is necessary - just a willingness to write, collaborate, and take risks.

Decision Science

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Decision Science

Participants will learn a framework for making better decisions, Decision Quality, developed by individuals at Stanford, used in business and government, and relevant for their personal use. The style of the session is interactive. A simulation of team decision making puts participants on a Decision Adventure that is developed with a decision demonstration illustrating approaches to uncertainty and complexity. The tools introduced can be applied to the Global Solutions Project to improve and demonstrate critical thinking, collaboration and communication of results.

Design Thinking

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Design Thinking

Design Thinking takes the complex challenge of generating appropriate, innovative concepts, breaking the process into simple, discrete, additive steps, which build upon each other to rapidly create appropriate, socially-useful solutions.  Adding the ‘visual’ component allows this class’s collaborative teams to evaluate and solve project problems in a new graphic language—always in a fun, thought-provoking manner.  Along the way, we’ll encourage individual students to self-answer the burning question;-- “Where do strong ideas originate?", then apply those skills to the Global Solutions Project.

Game Design

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Game Design

The workshop will take participants from zero experience in game development to building a simple game they can share with their friends and families.  Many people are interested in designing games, but do not know how to start. This workshop is useful in showing people what the first steps are and demystifying the black box of game development. It can even spark interest in coding due to the tangible nature of the results. Depending on the participant background the workshop can involve some coding.

Leadership

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Leadership

Every great initiative has a leader. Most leaders learn through trial and error and sometimes make mistakes that cost companies millions or even billions of dollars. Effective leaders accomplish what others thought was impossible, often because they can see what's possible even though others don't see it. In this course students learn essential skills needed to be an effective leader and will walk away with a leadership toolkit where they can build and develop their leadership skills when they go home. Participants will learn how to develop their inner game in order to influence their outer game.

Math and Logic

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Math and Logic

This workshop covers a broad array of mathematical and applied mathematical topics.  Participants will have the opportunity to challenge themselves to creatively solve problems like they have never done before. This gives a good view at different ways to think about math which will uniquely challenge participants.

Nature, Nurture, and Epigenetics

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Nature, Nurture, and Epigenetics

In this workshop, Nature, Nurture, and Epigenetics: you may be born with your genes but you can still change them, we will discuss the way our genome interfaces with environment through the field of epigenetics. Participants will be introduced to the regulatory mechanisms that determine how a gene functions and how it can translate to human disease and mental health outcomes.

Neuroscience

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Neuroscience

This workshop focuses on understanding brain structure (from the network to the cellular level), brain functioning (what happens in the brain when it's working), and the relationship between the two. We will examine relevant brain structure and discuss how cognitive neuroscientists approach understanding brain function. We will also discuss tools and methods used to modulate brain functioning.

Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age

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Participants take a variety of workshops during Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes.  Participants are not able to select workshops.  This is intended to provide an example of a possible workshop topic.

Sample Workshop: Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age

Images tell stories. Especially since photography is more easily accessible today than ever before, learning how to use imagery to tell and share our stories can become one of the most essential ingredients in communication that transcends language.  This workshop is designed to improve participants visual story-telling skills and involves a short field trip on campus to shoot photos, typically, to the iconic Hoover Tower.

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