Teams of high school & college students around the US, using math & programming skills to explore intriguing questions

Questions that point to the future

What can we learn about piano skill from practice data?

Can Machine Learning identify bone marrow components better than a human can?

In what ways might animal intelligence be superior to human intelligence?

Statistically, does Jupiter really shield Earth from asteroids?

I think the most important thing that companies do wrong… is usually that they miss the future. I try to focus on that and say, ‘What is that future really going to be, and how do we create it, and how do we cause our organization to really focus on that and drive that at a really high rate?'”

Larry Page, CEO at Alphabet & Co-Founder of Google
During an interview at TED2014 with Charlie Rose

We’re fostering early accomplishment in STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math)

i.e. High schoolers & Undergraduates contributing to original works and products

We begin with a substantive problem, study the prior art & devise plausible solutions

Form collaborative teams of students, each developing unique narrow & deep skills

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) productively apply & direct student effort

Partner with SMEs & Businesses to bring real, useful products to market

It’s a Win – Win – Win – Win Situation

Students

Learn to apply math & software engineering in a collaborative team

Teachers & Parents

Unlock student potential to solve real engineering challenges with mentorship

SMEs & Businesses

Develop math-intensive software via more available, yet well-trained students

Economic Developers

Build STEAM talent pipelines, businesses, and jobs in your community or region

Stories from Students

“Applying software engineering principles and practices in high school via Augment™ Training gave me real examples of my career prospects if I pursued math and computer science in college and as a profession — and the peace of mind that I really would enjoy it!”

Belanie Nagiel

CSci Student, Duke University

“Augment’s training methods, procedures, and techniques not only grew my programming capabilities, but also gave me the ability to apply computer science to the world around me. The skills I learned through Augment’s training program are valuable and unforgettable as I continue developing in the field of software engineering.”

Shishir Reddy

CSci Student, UC Irvine

“Through Augment I came to realize that problems, regardless of if they are programming tasks or research questions, can all be approached in a systematic and efficient manner. By emphasizing an understanding of the learning process, Augment™ training enabled me to consciously observe my learning and modify my practices accordingly.”

Alex Krotz

Chemistry Student, Caltech

“Big Data and Machine Learning are two of the hottest areas in technology today. During my time at Augment, I gained the opportunity to experiment, research, and develop programs that directly connect these fields together. The techniques and procedures that I learned during the training program were not ephemeral, momentary ideals; they are still being used and applied in my everyday projects and experiments. Augment provided an invaluable research environment and inspired me to specialize in Machine Learning and Data Science.

Kevin Lin

EE/CS Student, UC Berkeley

“With Augment, I gained the ability to analyze and improve my own patterns of learning. My mentorship and training in software engineering has given me a level of experience that most people my age aren’t offered, and it’s been invaluable in the classroom and at work.

Jacob Elafandi

Math Student, U of MN

“With Augment, I began to internalize an engineering discipline of software, which prepared me for a summer programming job in high school. Early accomplishments helped confirm my goal to pursue a career in computer science.”

Jacob Snyder

CSci Student, Caltech

Through Augment™ Training, I have begun to explore the infinite capabilities of software, while also gaining perspective on how to integrate computer science with other engineering disciplines. What Augment is doing at the high school level seems to be unprecedented, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Carter Herman

Student, Maple Grove HS

While working with Augment, I developed several eLearning applications. The programming skills I learned were invaluable in my college courses (e.g. Signals & Systems) and opened doors to work with professors, processing data from their research. And I gained mentors who helped me grow as a young engineer by providing me with meaningful feedback and good questions.

David Jedynak

EE Student, NDSU

Augment gave me the unique opportunity to not only learn to program, but an experience with real life simulations that could contribute to actual studies. As a high schooler, this is such an invaluable and unique chance to actually begin to impact the scientific world.”

Annie Snyder

Student, Edina HS

…from Parents

“Jacob and Annie have benefited greatly from working at Augment and learning not only the mechanics of using Mathematica, but also efficient and proper coding practices. Both of these skills will be invaluable to them as they will likely pursue careers in math, science and engineering.

John Snyder

Father of Jacob & Annie, Edina MN

…from SMEs

“I have 30+ years of ideation and prototyping in creating learning pathways and eLearning applications.  Augment enables me to continue expanding on ideas in cooperation with some of the most inquisitive and productive young people in the country, while also fulfilling my responsibility to provide mentorship and guidance to the next generation.”

Gary Jedynak

Innovator, eLearning Applications

Augment™ Training Presentations

Wolfram Tech Conference 2017

  • Eric Nelson – Augment Founder & CEO (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Three (3) Augment™ trainees from Abby’s Advanced Math Topics class at TPHS

Wolfram Tech Conference 2016

  • Eric Nelson – Augment Founder & CEO (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Abby Brown – Pioneer Math teacher at Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, CA)
  • Four (4) Augment™ trainees from Abby’s Advanced Math Topics class at TPHS

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Augment™ Training Library

Envisioning the Future of Software Engineering

Envisioning the Future of Software Engineering

Software Engineering, Why and What by D Parnas (2013)

Software Engineering, Why and What by D Parnas (2013)

Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software by M Shaw

Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software by M Shaw

A Mathematician’s Lament by P Lockhart

A Mathematician’s Lament by P Lockhart

The Progressive Nature of Learning in Mathematics by W Brownell

The Progressive Nature of Learning in Mathematics by W Brownell

Using SMPLs to learn Math

Using SMPLs to learn Math

Simulating the effects of employee training

Simulating the effects of employee training

Why Mathematica wins as a first programming language

Why Mathematica wins as a first programming language

Cooperative Learning — Beyond working in groups by K. Tanner

Cooperative Learning — Beyond working in groups by K. Tanner

Jigsawed learning

Jigsawed learning

The Practices of Collaboration by T. Phaneuf

The Practices of Collaboration by T. Phaneuf

Why we need roughly 100x more software than we have

Why we need roughly 100x more software than we have

Understanding by Design by G. Wiggins

Understanding by Design by G. Wiggins

BASA: Predicting future performance based on present behaviors

BASA: Predicting future performance based on present behaviors

The developmental stages of expertise by G. Jedynak

The developmental stages of expertise by G. Jedynak

Building a collaborative learning team

Building a collaborative learning team

Benner’s Novice-Expert Model by M. Adiong

Benner’s Novice-Expert Model by M. Adiong

Assessing Expertise by G. Jedynak

Assessing Expertise by G. Jedynak

How to know your costs in software development

How to know your costs in software development

Collaborative software production teams

Collaborative software production teams

The difference mentors make

The difference mentors make

Patterns of comprehension success

Patterns of comprehension success

Prototyping in Mathematica

Prototyping in Mathematica

Designing for Glance-visibility

Designing for Glance-visibility

Using apps to assess understanding

Using apps to assess understanding