Language Magazine: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Early Grades Curriculum

Language Magazine shares the news about the new AI curriculum, “Thinking with KIBO: Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Early Grades”. About the curriculum, they write:

“Thinking with KIBO” is a free curriculum from KinderLab Robotics, a leader in pre-K–5 STEAM robotics, designed to help students understand how AI tools work and think critically about those tools.

Designed for students in grades 1–3, each of the lessons allows students to explore fundamental ideas about AI through activities with the hands-on and screen-free KIBO robot. Thinking with KIBO engages with computer science concepts alongside evolving content standards in artificial intelligence. The curriculum was designed as a five-to-six-week unit in computer science or technology/media classes, afterschool programs, enrichment centers, libraries, makerspaces, and more.

Thinking with KIBO is aligned with the draft AI4K12 curriculum guidelines, which explore the “five big ideas in AI”: sensing, representation and reasoning, learning, natural interaction, and social impact. These guidelines, a collaboration between the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), frame AI education as an important component of K–12 computer science education.

KinderLab’s new curriculum centers on teaching children how AI works. Featuring four 60-minute lessons and a fifth lesson that can be extended from one to two hours, the core learning objectives of the new curriculum help students understand these key aspects of AI.”

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