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Ai Through Computational Cameras For K6-K8 Teachers and Students: Preliminary Results From A Virtual Workshop
In the next 50 years, the rise of computing and artificial intelligence (AI) will transform our society and it is clear that students will be forced to engage with AI in their careers. Currently, the United States does not have the infrastructure or capacity in place to support the teaching of AI in the K-12 curriculum. To deal with the above challenges, we introduce the use of visual media as a key bridge technology to engage students in grades 6-8 with AI topics, through a recently NSF funded ITEST program, labeled ImageSTEAM. Specifically, we focus on the idea of a computational camera, which rethinks the sensing interface between the physical world and intelligent machines, and enables students to ponder how sensors and perception fundamentally will augment science and technology in the future. Our 1st workshop (summer 2021) with teachers and students was conducted virtually due to recent pandemic, and the results and experiences will be shared and discussed in the conference.
Acknowledgement: The authors thank the U. S. National Science Foundation for sponsoring the research through a grant NSF-ITEST-1949493.