INCLUSIVE AI LITERACY

Students and teachers at Dubai Heights Academy (DHA) together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed and are piloting an exciting new project-based curriculum for students from Year 6 to Year 8. This is part of an initial 3 year partnership between DHA and MIT. The program will focus on a very important STEM topic that is transforming society—artificial intelligence (AI). You probably have heard about it in the news and media—both the exciting solutions and applications that it enables, but also concerns about how it might affect people in unintended ways. Today’s reality is that if you are using online web services, mobile apps, smartphones, social media, etc., you are already interacting with AI-powered systems and technologies. We want to prepare students to be ethical designers and conscientious users of AI technologies. The job opportunities for those with competence in AI are already growing rapidly worldwide across diverse industries and markets, and the future is very bright for students who have skills in computational thinking and artificial intelligence.

Computational Thinking

Computational thinking means thinking or solving problems like a computer scientist. However, before a problem can be tackled, the problem itself and the ways in which it could be solved need to be understood. Computational thinking allows us to do this. Computational thinking is essentially a problem-solving process that involves designing solutions that capitalise on the power of computers. Computational thinking is the tool used by computer scientists to approach new problems.

Scratch

Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and website developed by the MIT Media Lab. It is targeted primarily at children aged 8-16 as an educational tool for coding. Users of Scratch can create projects using a block-like interface.

Project based learning

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method where students can gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an authentic engaging and complex question, problem or challenge over an extended period of time.

What’s the latest

Ms. Burrows and MIT consultant Mr. Devasia will be introducing a new AI curriculum module in the Years 6 & 7 classrooms in mid-May. In this Interactive Public Art module, students create an interactive art installation for a classroom by building a unique image recognition model. Working in small groups