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Unlocking the Future: High School Students Dive into Cutting-Edge Technologies at Boise State University

In a world driven by technological advancements, the importance of exposing high students to the latest innovations cannot be overstated. Recently, a group of students from Borah High School embarked on an eye-opening field trip to Boise State University, delving into the realms of large language models, robotics, cybersecurity, and the exciting world of esports. This immersive experience not only broadened their horizons but also ignited a spark of curiosity about the possibilities that lie ahead in their academic and professional futures.

Image of the high school students listening to a lecture about ChatGPT in a classroom.


Machine Learning

The day kicked off with a fascinating exploration into the realm of large language models (LLM) and robotics.  The students had the opportunity to witness firsthand the power of artificial intelligence as they interacted with cutting-edge language models, programming, and how robotics is making waves in fields such as healthcare, manufacturing, and space exploration. Hands-on activities allowed them to control robots and experience the thrill of bringing machines to life.

Image of a group of high school students learning about block programming on a Cosmo robot.



Cybersecurity Workshop

In an era where digital connectivity is ubiquitous, understanding the importance of cybersecurity is crucial. The students participated in a workshop led by Computer Science faculty who demonstrated the significance of protecting information in a hyper-connected world. From ethical hacking to understanding the anatomy of cyber attacks, the students gained valuable insights into the measures required to secure our digital future.

Image of the high school students about cyber security in Boise State's computer lab.


Unleashing the Gaming World – The Local Esports Team

Esports, a rapidly growing industry, took center stage as the students discovered the world of competitive gaming. The university’s esports team shared their experiences, training routines, and the strategic elements that go into competitive gaming. The students even had the chance to participate in a mock esports match, witnessing the skill, coordination, and dedication required to succeed in this dynamic field.

Image of a student playing a game on a computer at Boise State's ESport's center.

As we stand at the forefront of a technological revolution, exposing students to the latest advancements is essential for shaping the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. The high school students who visited Boise State University not only broadened their understanding of technology but also discovered the exciting possibilities that await them in the ever-evolving landscape of AI, robotics, cybersecurity, and esports. The students had an outstanding time with one student saying  “This was the best day I’ve had in the past two years I’ve spent at Borah.”