By Sam Piha
Dr. Eliza Du is the CEO and co-founder of Integem. Integem creates a cutting-edge AI-driven Holographic AR platform and educational programs, empowering people, including young students, to design and innovate using future technologies. We interviewed her to learn more about AI. We also developed a briefing paper on AI and afterschool which can be viewed here.
Q: Can you define AI?
A: Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think and learn like a human. It encompasses a variety of technologies, including machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics. [No changes needed, your definition is clear and concise.]
Q: Can you describe AI literacy offerings in your program?
A: Our program offers a comprehensive AI education, covering topics from the basics of how AI works to advanced project-based learning. This includes courses on machine learning, AI application design, robotics, Augmented Reality (AR), and ethical considerations surrounding AI.
Q: Are there partners you have enlisted?
A: We have collaborated with numerous AI companies and platforms, including the Google AI platform, NVIDIA AI hardware, ChatGPT, and the IBM AI Cloud platform, among others. These partnerships enrich our curriculum and provide students with exposure to real-world AI tools and systems
Q: Do you use a curriculum developed by others or have you created your own?
A: Our group of Ph.D. level engineers along with experienced K-12 educators work together and develop our own comprehensive, tailored curriculum that emphasizes hands-on AI experiences and projects. This curriculum is continually updated to reflect the latest advancements in AI technology and pedagogy.
Q: Are there any resources you recommend for other afterschool programs that are interested in this?
A: We are eager to collaborate with afterschool programs and provide them with curricula and teacher training to teach AI to their students. We offer turnkey-ready AI curricula with hands-on projects for students ages 5-18. No prior knowledge is needed for either teachers or students. We can train the teachers starting from the basics, empowering them to effectively teach AI.
Q: Does your organization offer curriculum or training to prepare afterschool staff to have AI discussions?
A: Yes, we offer professional development and training programs for school and afterschool program staff, ensuring that they are well-prepared to guide students through the complexities of AI in an engaging and informative manner.
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