K–12


Love of anime prompts young Filipinos to pursue Japanese studies in select high schools

The Japan Times

The Filipino Department of Education started offering the Japanese language and culture program to high school students in 2009, together with Spanish and French, to prepare young Filipinos for both local and international opportunities that would require communicative competence in a second foreign language, after English. When the education department decided to introduce the Japanese program, it partnered with Japan Foundation Manila to train Filipino teachers, a task that proved challenging. Franza and Chee of Makati Science High School won third place, representing their school as a pair, during a Japanese quiz bee earlier this year. Agreeing that the program helps foster better relations between the Philippines and Japan, Education Secretary Briones said, "Young people connect to young people, everywhere.


Dean Kamen: "The magic is out there!"

MIT News

Two superstars in the world of engineering -- Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway transporter and the stair-climbing wheelchair iBot, and Woodie Flowers, MIT professor emeritus and former host of PBS' "Scientific American Frontiers" -- in back-to-back talks to students at MIT last week touted the fun, satisfaction, and potential for global impact that careers in engineering can provide. The talks, called Inspiring Engineering, preceded the annual head-to-head robotic competition that is the culmination of the mechanical engineering class 2.007 (Design and Manufacturing I). Both speakers described the history and remarkable growth and popularity of the robotic competition for high-school students called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which Kamen and Flowers co-founded in 1992. These research institutions, Kamen said, in many cases have already developed such regenerative technologies in laboratory-scale tests, including work that could lead to 3-D "printing" of entire organs for transplantation, but they have not been able to cross the chasm that separates promising research from actual commercial production.


US Offers $500,000 Purse in Artificial Intelligence Contest

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"This challenge will pose a representative question to be answered by respondents using a completely automated system to sift through text reports and generate a finished intelligence product," the release stated on Tuesday. The purse consists of a top prize of $100,000 and multiple prizes of $30,000 for submissions from teams of high school students, the release explained. Entrants with the highest ranked submissions will be required to submit their source codes, the release noted.


Machine Learning for Middle Schoolers--Stephen Wolfram Blog

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So the question now is: can one teach the core concepts of modern machine learning even to middle schoolers? The first thing I discuss is something that doesn't really need all the fanciness of modern neural-net machine learning: it's recognizing what languages text fragments are from: Kids (and other people) can sort of imagine (or discuss in a classroom) how something like this might work--looking words up in dictionaries, etc. Suffice it to say that after discussing explicitly trained functions like TextRecognize and ImageIdentify, I start discussing "unsupervised learning", and things like clustering in feature space. Wolfram Notebook system that lets us put all these pieces together--all these pieces are critical to making it possible to bring modern machine learning to people like middle schoolers.


IBM Watson's Chief Architect Talks Democratizing AI, Starting With Fifth Graders (EdSurge News)

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The mission to make AI consumable is the reason Puri spends his free time coaching a group of fifth-grade girls in Westchester, New York, for the First Lego League robotics competition. "You can put the device on the side of a building, and when it detects motion, it takes a picture," Puri explains, "If the picture is a bird, it identifies the bird species and sends it to Watson. His other daughter, a 10th grader, spends a lot of time studying the intersections of biology and AI. But to get more students on board, Puri thinks educators should engage students with the "fun" applications of AI, before bogging them down with equations.


Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from "Guys With Hoodies"

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From the chair next to her, Melinda Gates affirms this, adding, "If we don't get women and people of color at the table -- real technologists doing the real work -- we will bias systems. I sat down with Gates and Li last week at Stanford University to talk about how to make AI research more appealing to women, why hoodies shouldn't be tech's status symbol, and what it takes to work in AI. It was a pilot program called SAILORS, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach Summer Program. AI4All is focusing on spreading a SAILORS model--the education of AI with humanistic mission to diverse students--to different campuses and companies.


Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from "Guys With Hoodies"

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From the chair next to her, Melinda Gates affirms this, adding, "If we don't get women and people of color at the table -- real technologists doing the real work -- we will bias systems. I sat down with Gates and Li last week at Stanford University to talk about how to make AI research more appealing to women, why hoodies shouldn't be tech's status symbol, and what it takes to work in AI. It was a pilot program called SAILORS, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Outreach Summer Program. AI4All is focusing on spreading a SAILORS model--the education of AI with humanistic mission to diverse students--to different campuses and companies.


How to Embrace AI for Enacting Humanitarian Change

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Last fall, it christened its Center on Artificial Intelligence in Society, dedicated to deploying AI toward humanitarian ends. In particular, it's aiming toward two social entrepreneurship challenges: the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative from the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. A great place to start would be the Grand Challenges for Social Work and the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals. Decision support systems identify high school students who are likely to need additional support to graduate on time.


Robot Kanye will free you from the human labor of listening to the real thing

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Before Kanye West gets to the White House, first, we'll have to survive the robot apocalypse brought about by his A.I.-powered doppelgänger. It's a very real piece of software created by a high school student from West Virginia. Initially, the software simply rearranged 6,000 Kanye rap phrases to create new songs, but now the software has been modified to create original rap lines using the Kanye word bank. On the YouTube Page demonstrating the software's ability, Barrat says, "Excluding the beat; this song was written 100 percent by a deep neural network."


How To Earn Extra Through Tutoring STEM Subjects

Forbes

Tutoring STEM subjects is financially lucrative; they're in-demand skills, and kids and parents are thinking ahead to college majors. Though it depends on experience, location, and demand, it's not uncommon for STEM tutors to make anywhere from $25 to $75 an hour. Since O'Connor is knowledgeable about the industry, today she's sharing some advice about getting started in the tech tutoring space. That is most simply because a STEM-tutor typically stays with a student for the full amount of time they are working on the subject -- a full school year or even multiple years -- while SAT-prep or other type of test-prep tutors work with students for at most six months prior to a test.