SPARC helps talented high school students apply their quantitative thinking skills to their lives and the world.
In summer 2013-2016, SPARC generally ran for the first two weeks of August in Berkeley, California. For summer 2017, SPARC will be in a similar time and place, to be announced here when plans are finalized.
The curriculum covers topics from causal modeling and probability to game theory and cognitive science. But the focus of SPARC is on applying the same quantitative and rigorous spirit outside of the classroom. How can we understand our own reasoning and behavior? How can we think more clearly and better achieve our goals?
Even when the content is challenging, the atmosphere is relaxed and centered on experiences. Classes are small and discussion-based, activities range from programming labs to prediction markets, and invited speakers include academics, companies, and philanthropists.
Perhaps most importantly, SPARC students are surrounded by a community of thoughtful students, junior counselors, guests, and instructors. For many participants, discussing and sharing ideas outside of class is the most important part of SPARC.
The program is free for all admitted students.