Seven Reasons why Elementary, Middle, and High School Students Should Learn AI

  • We typically start by showing students examples of AI in their daily life, examples they see in movies, how companies like Amazon and Netflix use AI to make recommendations, and how information can be used to learn patterns and make new predictions. We tell them about how these AIs work in the back (at a high level), what information is used to train the AI, how it is built and tested, etc.
  • Students then build a simple AI (such as one that can predict whether they are Happy or Sad based on sentences they type). With modern tools, this can be done on any web browser in about 10 minutes. All of our students build their first working AI system in their first class.
  • They then interact with the AI, and understand its strengths and flaws. They then retrain the AI to be better. Along the way they learn concepts of how AI works, how to measure how well it works, and how to make it work better.
  • If you decide to be a doctor, you can use your understanding of AI to appreciate new trends in medicine and AI assistants from diagnostics to surgery.
  • If you decide to pursue law, you can better appreciate how AI and automation are leading to new regulations on fairness, transparency and privacy.
  • If you decide to join the tech field, AI is now one of the most in-demand skills for professionals in all tech roles.
  • Seeing an AI improve when you give it more examples
  • Teaching an AI to learn your perspective
  • Seeing that the AI can learn patterns in data that you did not even see were there!
  • Trying to break it or trick it into making mistakes
  • Then adding more examples so that it will get smarter and harder to trick!
  • Building AIs to compete in games or with other AIs and win!

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Nisha Talagala

Nisha Talagala

I am a software engineer by training and an expert in artificial intelligence. I am also a mom! I teach coding and tech to kids from grades 4-12.