Ag Data Science Camp

Geared towards high school students interested in pursuing a career in data science or agricultural technology, the Ag Data Science Camp will provide students with experience-driven learning opportunities to develop an interest, as well as confidence, in working with data.

Over the five days, students will reside in on-campus housing while participating in a series of workshops, exercises and tutorials that are aimed to build familiarity and hands-on competence with the approaches, tools, and analytical techniques relevant to harnessing the power of data on critical issues related to food and agriculture.

 

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Ag Data Science Camp

August 9 - 13, 2021
Olds College

The Ag Data Science Camp is an exciting free summer camp being offered for the first time to high school students during the week of August 9 to 13, 2021 on the Olds College campus.

Ag Data Science Camp

Geared towards students interested in pursuing a career in data science or agricultural technology, the Ag Data Science Camp will provide them with experience-driven learning opportunities to develop an interest, as well as confidence, in working with ag data. Guided by instructors from the Agriculture Technology programs offered at Olds College, students will have the opportunity to gain insight on how to leverage the latest technology to enhance food production and increase productivity. 

Over the five days, students will reside in on-campus housing while participating in a series of workshops, exercises and tutorials that are aimed to build familiarity and hands-on competence with the approaches, tools, and analytical techniques relevant to harnessing the power of data on critical issues related to food and agriculture. 

*Due to the ongoing pandemic, students and staff may require a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination, and the camp may operate under a social distancing protocol.

Who is this camp for?

The Ag Data Science Camp is suited for any student interested in technology, agriculture agronomy, agriculture machinery management, or the data sciences. With only 20 spots available, space is limited. Students interested in applying for the summer camp should be on-track to achieve:

  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 55% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
  • 50% or better in Two of Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Physics 20 or Science 20, OR one of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30 or Science 30

What will you learn?

Over the five days, students will reside in on-campus housing while participating in a series of workshops, exercises and tutorials that are aimed to build familiarity and hands-on competence with the approaches, tools, and analytical techniques relevant to harnessing the power of data on critical issues related to food and agriculture

Investing in Future Careers

Preparing students for entry into careers that bridge the gap between agriculture and data sciences.

Critical Thinking and Data Literacy

Programming focused on scientific principles that prepare students to collect, manage, evaluate and apply data in a critical manner.

Experiential Learning

Facilitates communication and problem-solving learning opportunities through hands-on activities.

Industry and Academic Collaboration

Instructors, speakers and camp counsellors from industry, academia and peer groups.

On-Campus Life

Students experience life on-campus, including the Olds College Smart Farm and the Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands.

AgSmart Demonstration and Exposition 2021

Coinciding with the camp on campus, students have the opportunity to attend AgSmart, a hands-on demonstration and education exposition focused on technology and data across the agriculture sector. 

Speakers and Instructors

Students will participate in workshops from data science industry speakers and instructors:

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Ag Data Science Camp Instructor Tomas Nilsson

Instructor, Werklund School of Agriculture Technology


Tomas Nilsson is a faculty member at the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology at Olds College. He teaches courses in agribusiness, agricultural economics, ag-tech entrepreneurship and global development. His research interest includes precision agriculture technologies and the broader societal impacts of agricultural production.

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Ag Data Science Camp Instructor Nicole Zukiwsky

Instructor, Werklund School of Agriculture Technology


Nicole is an instructor who teaches livestock production courses at Olds College. Prior to her time at Olds College, Nicole received a BSc in Agriculture and a MSc in Poultry Science from the University of Alberta where she gained expertise in animal science, precision livestock technologies, and data management.

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Ag Data Science Camp Speaker Jess Filetau

Director Of Operations at Raven Bay

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Ag Data Science Camp Speaker Brandi Gutfriend

Sales Consultant at Tableau Software

How to apply

  1. Write a short essay on why you want to attend the Ag Data Science Camp. Highlight any experiences you’ve had that would contribute to your success in the camp. Share your vision of how using new technologies and data benefits the future of agriculture. 250 word minimum.

  2. Have your school guidance counselor or administrator complete the School Endorsement form.

  3. Submit your application by completing the Ag Data Science Camp Application Form

Apply for the Ag Data Science Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for submitting my application?

Monday, June 7, 2021 11:59 p.m.

Are there prerequisites to apply?

With only 20 spots available, space is limited. Students interested in applying for the summer camp should be in grades 11-12 and on-track to achieve:

  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 55% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
  • 50% or better in Two of Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Physics 20 or Science 20, OR one of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30 or Science 30
How will I be notified if I have been accepted?

You will be notified of your application status via email no later than June 12, 2021.

How will applicants be selected to participate?

Applicants will be selected based on their short essay, along with meeting the minimum recommended on-track criteria and the endorsement from their school administrator.

What grades must students be in to apply to the camp?

Successful applicants would ideally be in grades 10-12.

Will the camp be offered online if new public health measures are implemented?

No. We feel the learning experience is best achieved  on campus. Should increased public health measures be implemented, we will postpone the camp until the summer of 2022. 

For Parents

Where will my child be sleeping?

Students will be assigned to single private rooms in Centennial Village, Olds Colleges on-campus student housing. To view the rooms, visit choc.ca

Is there a day camp only option i.e. no overnight stay?

Yes. We recognize that some families may prefer a day camp option.

Sample Daily Schedule

8 a.m. Breakfast (on-campus dining hall) or day camper option drop-off

9 a.m. Daily Overview – Outline learning objectives for the day, reflect on previous day’s lessons

9:30 a.m. Morning Workshop: Create a Data Gathering Plan

12 p.m. Lunch (on-campus dining hall)

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshop: Working with Data-Science and Research Methodology

6 p.m. Dinner (on-campus dining hall)

7 p.m. Evening Activity: Tour of the Wetlands

10:15 p.m. Bedtime (on-campus housing) or day camper option pick-up

What if my child has specific dietary needs?

We recognize that some students may have specific dietary needs. Please indicate any food allergies your child may have in their application form.

How much does the camp cost?

There is no cost for your child to attend the Ag Data Science Camp. Your child will be provided food and accommodation free of charge.

  

For more information, contact:

Clare Janitz
Manager, Conference Services
403.559.6477
cjanitz@oldscollege.ca