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Teen Science Cafe: Deep Space AI—Navigating Swarms of Small Satellites Beyond Earth Orbit with Neural Networks

Thursday, February 25, 2021 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Academy of Science – Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited. FREE and OPEN to all middle and high school students in grades 6-12! Scroll down for registration form below. Pre-registration for Junior Academy of Science members ONLY through Friday, February 12. General registration for all opens Saturday, February 13. Deadline to register is Thursday, Feb 25, 4p.m., CST. Look for Cafe login information in your email confirmation.

Click Here to learn about the Junior Academy of Science and how to become a member.

PLEASE NOTE: A separate liability waiver must also be completed by a parent/guardian for each attending teen. (Click orange button in registration form to complete and sign required waiver.)


NOTE: Please plan to log into Zoom at 5:50 p.m., CST, 10 minutes before the Cafe start time! You will be placed in a Waiting Room before being allowed access to the Cafe.

6:00 pm – 6:20 pm: Cafe Orientation and Icebreaker
6:20 pm – 7:00 pm: Featured Cafe Speaker Presentation
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Interactive Virtual Activity | Q & A and Cafe Wrap-Up


As humanity again reaches for deep space with lunar and Martian missions on the horizon, there is a need for advanced spacecraft navigation techniques. Machine vision and artificial intelligence can help make spacecraft in deep space more autonomous and enable them to navigate without the use of Earth-based systems. Join us in this interactive virtual Teen Science Café to learn about satellites in deep space and train a neural network to recognize different objects in space.


Jill Davis, Ph.D. Student, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology; 2019-2020 Amelia Earhart Zonta International Fellow; 2020 U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholar

Jill grew up in Republic Missouri and graduated from Republic High School in 2013. From devouring volumes of sci-fi literature, filled with technological and philosophical perplexities, she knew she wanted to be a part of humanity’s terrifying and exciting future in space. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering at Missouri S&T. Her research focuses on the development of novel guidance and navigation methods that will enable swarms and formations of small satellites to undertake challenging new missions. Ms. Davis is a Zonta International 2019-2020 Amelia Earhart Fellow and a 2020 Department of Defense SMART Scholar. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking, running, mountain climbing, and disc golfing.

Deep Space AI is a Gateway Teen Science Cafe Event of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis presented in partnership with the Girls Can STEM Series initiative of The Academy of Science and the Zonta Club of St. Louis. Teen Science Cafe is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.


Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
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