What if students could bring their ideas to life by just saying them out loud? Using the Moatboatapp for iOS, students speak, and the app does what they say. Students can give characters things to do with more than 1,000 objects and actions across 15 unique environments. Using simple sentences, they can add objects and apply actions. For example, they can say, “I need horse” to add a horse into their world. Then they can give the horse something to do by saying, “Horse eat grass” or “Horse jump over fence.” Everything they add becomes part of a working system. By layering multiple objects and actions, they can keep increasing the complexity of their creation. Using the augmented reality (AR) version of Moatboat, students can place their creations onto a real-world table and invite others to join them in a shared experience. In virtual reality (VR), they can stream their experience to a television so others in the room can participate. Cost: Free
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
In spring 2018, Reaktor, an AI and tech partner in Finland, and University of Helsinki came together with the aim of helping people be empowered, not threatened, by artificial intelligence. Together, they built Elements of AI to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to people from a wide range of backgrounds.