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The Introduction of Artificial Intelligence in Middle School

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Saturday, December 5, 9:30–10:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

David Lockett  
Denise Wright  

This session will introduce educators to the concept of artificial intelligence and how it is taught in the middle school classroom. Attendees will be exposed to real life examples and how they interact with AI. Participants will learn about resources/technology that supports teaching AI.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to :

1) Define Artificial Intelligence
2) Describe real life examples of AI
3) Discuss the five concept of what students should know when teaching AI.
4) Use and preview examples of AI middle school resources


Content and activities: What content will be presented and/or in what activities will the audience participate?

The definition of AI, the five main concepts of teaching AI, and activities to teach AI,
Cozmo Robot, Spark Fun Jet Bot

Time: How much time will be spent on each content component?

The definition of AI, the five main concepts of teaching AI, and activities to teach AI, ( 20 minutes)

Activity Exploration ( 30 minutes)
Cozmo Robot, Spark Fun Jet Bot

Supporting research

Travel Grant Received for November 2019 to attend Artificial Intelligence Symposium in Arlington, Virginia, from the Association to Advance Artificial Intelligence, by Denise Wright , will be attending conference :

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David Lockett, School of Applied Computational Sciences

David Lockett has served as an elementary and middle STEM and Computer Science teacher 15 years. As a national leader in STEM, leading both statewide and national initiatives. Lockett’s philosophy of “STEM for ALL” has been at the heart of his STEM outreach and advocacy work. He is currently an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.

Denise Wright, Horry County Schools

Denise Wright, is a STEM Educator in Myrtle Beach, SC . She is a member of ISTE STEM , IVC leadership teams, volunteers for NASA as a Solar System Ambassador, piloted a distance learning telescope to be used in classrooms across South Carolina, and founded the amateur astronomy group, Grand Strand Astronomers in her local community. Denise, was recently appointed to the National Astronomy Educator Coordinators Team with the IAU and attended the 2018 launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe. Her passions include astronomy, artificial intelligence, and learning about emerging technologies. She is an author for NSTA's Science Scope. Her column is called "The Online Teacher."

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