Welcome to Week 9 of Full STEAM Ahead! This package was put together by the members of MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group and MIT CSAIL’s App Inventor team as part of MIT’s larger effort to Democratize AI Education. The materials in this package include materials for students in grades K-12 who have a wide range of programming and AI experience. Students and their families will have the opportunity to explore the AI systems they use every day, learn more about the ethical implications of AI systems, and get the chance to create their own apps that use AI models to recognize images and audio clips.

Have you ever watched a video that YouTube recommended to you? Have you ever used a Snapchat filter to add dog ears to your head? Have you ever asked Alexa or Siri a question? If so, you have used artificial intelligence! Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a computer system that performs tasks such as visual perception, speech recognition, and decision-making. It not only powers some of the technologies that we are familiar with, but is used in fields such as healthcare and space exploration. Through the activities in this package, learners will be able to:

  • Identify AI systems that are used every day
  • Think deeply about the data that powers AI technologies
  • Design AI systems that take multiple perspectives into account
  • Create apps that contain models that recognize images and audio

If you enjoy the materials here, please check out some of our other resources and materials at aieducation.mit.edu.


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