Educating a New Generation of AI Developers | AI News | Intel Software

September 26, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski

I’m David Shaw, and
this is AI News. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. This time, we talk
about the challenges with AI technologies,
and how it’s impacting the world so quickly. How do we keep up
with everything, and keep innovating
on new fronts to drive this expanding market? The answer lies in
educational opportunities for the next generation the
AI Digital Literacy Project is a curriculum designed to
capture the imaginations of young people. It equips them with
programming and design skills to use AI in innovative ways. Oliver Chen, a technical
marketing engineer at Intel, developed a curriculum that
offers a path to rewarding work and lifelong careers in AI. He provides customer
support for AI products, and is a strong proponent of
educating students in STEM. In addition, he contributes to
numerous programs and projects to get young people
energized and motivated. This curriculum helps teach
coding skills to first timers. It was part of an engagement
with the Sacramento public library, and funded
by a grant sponsored by Intel called Winners of Wonder. The library is using
this curriculum to provide students in the
South Natomas area of Sacramento with coding skills. The project is part of
the library’s initiative, known as the South Natomas
Innovation Station, designed to boost
digital literacy, and provide useful
skills to the community. The curriculum is also being
used by the NorCal Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts Order
of the Arrow National Honor Society, two groups that
are based in rural areas. A key component of the project
is the Intel Movidius neural compute stick, and it
complements the AI curriculum that Oliver developed. Through added extensions,
students coding with scratch can take their education
a step further. They begin exploring the
possibilities offered by deep learning applications
and a familiar programming environment. What other ways do you
think we can expand education opportunities in AI? Let us know what you think,
and I’ll see you next week.