We are asking for you to please consider volunteering some of your time this semester to mentor students at the State College Area High School in preparation for them to attend NACLO.
What is NACLO?
The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving these puzzles, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.
Should you be interested in volunteering, it would require that SCASD have background checks/clearances on file for those individuals. I’m more than willing to assist anyone interested with obtaining the appropriate clearances and ensuring that all paperwork is sent to the school. The CLS is willing to reimburse any fees associated with obtaining clearances.
This would be a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in this community outreach initiative. Please let me know at your convenience if you’d be willing to help out. More information about this event is available on their website http://nacloweb.org/. Any additional questions may be directed to Frances Blanchette, Karen Miller, or Matt Carlson as they’ve all helped out with this in the past.