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This program is tentative and subject to change.

Sat 23 Mar 2024 14:10 - 14:35 at Meeting Rooms B110-112 - AI in K-12

As conversational AI apps such as Siri and Alexa become ubiquitous among children, the CS education community has begun leveraging this popularity as a potential opportunity to attract young learners to AI, CS, and STEM learning. However, teaching conversational AI to K-12 learners remains challenging and unexplored due in part to the abstract and complex nature of some conversational AI concepts, such as intents and training phrases. One promising approach to teaching complex topics in engaging ways is through unplugged activities, which have been shown to be highly effective in fostering CS conceptual understanding without using computers. Research efforts are underway toward developing unplugged activities for teaching AI, but few thus far have focused on conversational AI. This experience report describes the design and iterative refinement of a series of novel unplugged activities for a conversational AI summer camp for middle school learners. We discuss learner responses and lessons learned through our implementation of these unplugged activities. Our hope is that these insights support CS education researchers in making conversational AI learning more engaging and accessible to all learners.

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Sat 23 Mar

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13:45 - 15:00
13:45
25m
Talk
Scratch-NB: A Scratch Extension for Introducing K-12 Learners to Supervised Machine Learning
Papers
Patricio Quiroz Department of Computer Science, University of Chile, Francisco J. Gutierrez Department of Computer Science, University of Chile
14:10
25m
Talk
Artificial Intelligence Unplugged: Designing Unplugged Activities for a Conversational AI Summer Camp
Papers
Yukyeong Song University of Florida, Xiaoyi Tian University of Florida, Nandika Regatti University of Florida, Gloria Ashiya Katuka University of Florida, Kristy Elizabeth Boyer University of Florida, Maya Israel University of Florida
14:35
25m
Talk
Teaching AI to K-12 Learners: Lessons, Issues, and GuidancePCI Best Paper
Papers
Shuchi Grover Looking Glass Ventures / Stanford University