Springfield, Ohio – The second meeting of the 2010-11 Wittenberg Saturday Science program is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, featuring a presentation titled “Artificial Intelligence in Game Playing” by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Steven Bogaerts.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. Eight academic departments – biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology – are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.
While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors.
On Oct. 9, Bogaerts will lead a discussion about fundamental concepts in the design of a computer game player. Many computer games that we are familiar with use artificial intelligence to compete against human counterparts.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs, and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.
There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to http://www.wittenberg.edu/science-outreach. For more information, e-mails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ryan Maurer