Ag Data Science Camp

July 31 - August 4, 2023

Explore how data and technology can help transform the future of agriculture. Discover how you can build a more sustainable future by harnessing the power of data informed decision making.

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Ag Data Science Camp

July 31 - August 4, 2023

Applications Now Open

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2023

Limited spots available!

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Explore how data and technology can help transform the future of agriculture.

Discover how you can build a more sustainable future by harnessing the power of data-informed decision making.

Ag Data Science Camp is a free five day overnight camp offered to approved high school students going into grades 11 and 12 interested in transforming the future of agriculture through data science and technology.

Presented by Olds College of Agriculture & Technology, the camp introduces career paths in the emerging fields of precision agriculture, data science and ag technology. 

Guided by instructors from the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology at Olds College, campers will be exposed to the principles of

  • data literacy,
  • informed decision making and,
  • emerging agriculture technologies

and explore career paths in the emerging fields of:

  • precision agriculture
  • data science,
  • ag technology. 

through engaging classroom discussions, demonstrations, & guest lectures. They'll also produce a final project demonstrating their new data informed decision making skills to solve an existing agricultural challenge to share with a panel of industry professionals.

Experience life as an #OldsCollege student living in residence at Centennial Village. Explore what the campus has to offer, including the Olds College Smart Farm, Learning Commons, Student Dining Hall, and Botanic Gardens & Wetlands. 

Sample Day Schedule

7:30 a.m.  - Breakfast at the Student Dining Hall

8:30 a.m. - Industry Guest Speaker

9:30 a.m.  - Lesson #1: Food and Agriculture

10:30 p.m. - AgSmart Tour

12:30 p.m.  - Lunch at the Student Dining Hall

1:30 p.m.- Lesson #2: Data Collection

2:30 p.m. - Break

3 p.m. - Project Group Work

5 p.m.  - Dinner at the Student Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.  - Evening Activity

8:30 p.m.  - Quiet time/bed time at Centennial Village

AgSmart 2023

As part of your camp curriculum, campers will enjoy two afternoons exploring AgSmart 2023, an outdoor educational agriculture expo featuring live equipment and technology demonstrations, educational sessions and exhibits discussing emerging trends in the agriculture industry. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for submitting my application?
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 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 entering 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

What grade level must students be in to apply to the camp?
Successful applicants would ideally be entering grade 11 or 12 in fall 2023, or are set to graduate grade 12 in June 2023.

How will I be notified if I have been accepted?
You will be notified of your application status via email no later than June 30, 2023.

How will applicants be selected to participate?
Applicants will be selected based on their short essay or video, along with meeting the minimum recommended on-track criteria and the endorsement from their school administrator.

Where will my child be sleeping?
Students will be assigned to single private rooms in Centennial Village, Olds Colleges on-campus student residence.

Is there a day camp only option i.e. no overnight stay? 
Yes. We recognize that some families may prefer a day camp option. If you wish for your child to forgo the overnight option, please email Clare Janitz, upon submitting the application.

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.

Who do I contact for more information?
Clare Jantz, Manager, Conference Services