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Widening the Horizon of FL High School Students

PHOTO: Vanguard High School student Maddie Eller with Ying Zhang (L) and Dr. Erik Deumens (R).

Experiences shared by the students in the 2018 Gator Computing Program (GCP) will stay with them long after the summer ends.

“I knew I wanted to do a summer program at UF, and this one sounded really interesting,” said Maddie Eller of Vanguard High School in Ocala (pictured, with UFIT’s Ying Zhang and Dr. Erik Deumens). “I chose GCP because it gave me the widest amount of topics to choose from for my future career.”

This year’s schedule featured 15 talks from a noted physicist, a leading renal transplant surgeon, and several eminent scholars in the fields of pathology, anesthesiology, statistics, biology and engineering–all of whom are part of UF’s faculty. For 2018, UFIT added on-site visits to augmented reality and AI labs in addition to the extremely popular lab visits from last year. GCP participants also took hands-on coding classes led by faculty, staff, and students.

An annual program highlight is the GCP Symposium that concludes the two-week program, when family and friends are invited to see and hear students discuss their projects. This year, students used the Blender, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino applications for their projects. The GCP Symposium (featuring the student presentations) is online.