IS4GT Online Descriptions

June 22-26 and June 29-July 3, 2020

Intensive Study in Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Writing (Grades 6-10)

Creativity is a critical outlet for intellectual thought and possibilities. This science fiction and fantasy course will involve learning to examine, analyze, and investigate short sample texts and will focus primarily on the intensive creation of your own short fiction in this genre.  Where do you want to take us: futuristic societies, magical worlds, mythical lands, or other imaginative places?

**This program will actually be two weeks: June 22-26, 2020 and June 29-July 3, 2020


July 6 - July 10, 2020

Intensive Study in Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (Grades 7-11)

Software developers use many tricks to give their game characters decision-making abilities. This course is for anyone wishing to know more about the algorithms behind common game behavior. The class will introduce a large number of important techniques used by game AI developers from decision theory, game theory and utility theory. The class will also go into the theoretical background behind these techniques.

1. Modeling Individual Decisions; Defining Decision; Deciding What to Decide

2. Analyzing a Single Option: Identifying Factors; Identifying Relationships; Building Connections; and Scoring the Option

3. Comparing Options; Selecting an Option; Testing the Algorithm; Summarizing the Decision Process  

4. Changing a Decision; Monitoring a Decision: Time Frames and the Hybrid Approach