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SJI offers AI bootcamps for high school students

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Do you know a student interested in a career in artificial intelligence? Then these free bootcamps can make them even more excited about the field.

SJI announced on July 6 that its utilities — South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas — would partner with the Mark Cuban Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to host introductory AI bootcamps for high school students this fall.

The half-day bootcamps will take place on four consecutive Saturdays from October 22 through November 12 at the Atlantic City and Union Utilities Headquarters. According to an email from Cleve Bryan, senior communications specialist for SJI, this is the second consecutive year the Folsom-based company has hosted the camps, with the addition of the Elizabethtown Gas 2022 location.

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Founded in 2019, the Mark Cuban Foundation AI Bootcamp is a free national initiative for high school students interested in AI and technology. Students do not need any background in computing, programming, or robotics to apply.

During bootcamps, students will learn what AI is and isn’t, where they already interact with AI, and the ethical implications of AI systems, including social media, smart home assistants, facial recognition and self-driving cars, according to SJI’s announcement.

“At SJI, we are committed to providing local students with meaningful experiences that inspire them to reinvent what’s possible as they chart their future career paths,” said Leonard Brinson Jr., Senior Vice President and Director of information from SJI, in a press release. “We are proud to partner with the Mark Cuban Foundation to expand the AI ​​Bootcamp to our two service territories this year, creating a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”

Applications are open until September 1 and to discover by clicking here.