Our Representative Mme Liliana Carillo was in Madrid to have a discussion around the European Erasmus+ project proposal “Fostering Artificial Intelligence at Schools”. The leader of the project is the
(1) University Rey Juan Carlos, and the partners of the project are:
2. Autonomous Province of Trento
3. Artificial Intelligence Lab of the Free University of Brussels (VUB)
4. She Lead Digital.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have heavily irrupted in society, bringing new applications and possibilities while introducing some ethical problems. Governments and institutions around the world are working on the challenges posed by AI in all aspects, from the economy to education. Therefore, introducing AI-related content at school and exploring how this kind of content can be taught becomes of major importance for the future of Europe.
Together with INTEF, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training responsible for the integration of ICT and Teacher Training in the non-university educational stages, we have developed some educational resources based on the Scratch block-programming language. The output of the project would be to offer high-quality learning materials and experiences for educators and learners on AI and ML, supported by easy-to-use web-based software tools. We expect from potential partners to have experience in the topic of AI and/or IT education, contacts with schools and teachers to gain experience to adapt and enhance the materials and software created by the project.
With this project, we intend to contribute to the introduction of teaching of AI at non-university levels by offering an educational platform and high-quality teaching materials.
We aim to develop an educational platform that serves to effectively teach ML and that also contributes to the promotion of computational thinking. This platform would include an application to build ML models, libraries and/or extensions for languages such as Scratch and Python that use such models. The platform will also offer educational resources that facilitate the use of the ML platform and the learning process.
We expect to build an operational version of the educational platform for teaching ML, disseminate it and provide training on its use in a set of primary/secondary schools and analyze and evaluate the results obtained on the development of computational thinking through AI activities.