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Fri 22 Mar 2024 10:45 - 11:10 at Meeting Rooms B110-112 - K-12: AI, NLP, and Data Literacy Chair(s): Ke Yang

Machine learning (ML) systems are increasingly in use in society. For young learners to be informed citizens and have full career potential it is important for them to understand these concepts. To support this learning, we created “ChemAIstry,” an interactive software tool for children which demonstrates training and classification in machine learning. Students select which everyday items are safe to bring into a chemistry lab (e.g., lab coat, safety glasses, and pizza). These selections serve as training input for a decision tree classifier. After training, students see how the trained model performs in classifying new objects. ChemAIstry was tested with 40 students (aged 7 to 14 years) at a public K–8 school. The software captured student selections during training; we analyzed these interactions to yield a ``correspondence score,'' a measure of student understanding of the classification task. We screen-recorded student use of the software and audio-recorded our conversations with them during this use. Our analysis indicates that students were able to understand the concept of model training, including that items were subsequently classified based on their training input. More than half of the student trials indicated that students correctly understood the task. This suggests ChemAIstry was effective in introducing students to these ideas in machine learning. We recommend continued development of this approach and related tools in K–8 education.

Fri 22 Mar

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10:45 - 12:00
K-12: AI, NLP, and Data LiteracyPapers at Meeting Rooms B110-112
Chair(s): Ke Yang University of Texas at San Antonio
10:45
25m
Talk
ChemAIstry: A Novel Software Tool for Teaching Model Training in K-8 EducationK12
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Fred Martin University of Texas at San Antonio, Vaishali Mahipal University of Massachusetts Lowell, Garima Jain University of Massachusetts Lowell, Srija Ghosh University of Massachusetts Lowell, Ismaila Temitayo Sanusi University of Eastern Finland
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11:10
25m
Talk
Integrating Natural Language Processing in Middle School Science Classrooms: An Experience ReportERT Best PaperK12
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Gloria Ashiya Katuka University of Florida, Srijita Chakraburty Indiana University, Hyejeong Lee Indiana University, Sunny Dhama University of Florida, Toni Earle-Randell University of Florida, Mehmet Celepkolu University of Florida, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer University of Florida, Krista Glazewski North Carolina State University, Cindy Hmelo-Silver Indiana University, Tom McKlin The Findings Group
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11:35
25m
Talk
Empowering Digital Natives: InstaClone - a Novel Approach to Data Literacy Education in the Age of Social MediaGlobal
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Anna Hartl Technical University of Munich, Elena Starke Technical University of Munich, Angelina Voggenreiter Technical University of Munich, Doris Holzberger Technical University of Munich, Tilman Michaeli TU Munich, Jürgen Pfeffer Technical University of Munich
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