A project to develop an artificial intelligence curriculum for grades K-12 headed by David Touretzky, a research professor in the Computer Science Department, will be featured in the National Science Foundation-funded 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase, which will be online May 5–12.
The video, "Sparking AI Curiosity With the AI4K12 Initiative," looks at how to engage K-12 students by introducing them to Five Big Ideas in AI.
"AI technologies are all around us," Touretzky said. "From facial recognition to voice assistants to self-driving cars, AI has become part of our everyday lives. Children need to understand how these technologies work, and how they will shape their futures. The STEM for All Video Showcase is a great way for us to reach out to teachers who want to incorporate AI into their curriculum."
Touretzky leads the AI for K-12 Initiative (AI4K12), which was established by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Computer Science Teachers Association to determine what students should know about AI and be able to do with it. AI4K12 has received NSF support.
Now in its sixth year, the annual video showcase will feature more than 170 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching that have been funded by the NSF and other federal agencies. During the weeklong event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online and vote for their favorites.
Last year's STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had over 76,000 unique visitors from 181 countries. The showcase is hosted by the Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), in partnership with a number of governmental agencies and education groups.