The Museum of London has joined forces with TV channel HISTORY to develop Streetmuseum: Londinium, a freeiOS app that directs students to locations from Roman London where they can “excavate” finds, using their fingers to dig and gradually reveal ancient artifacts where they were originally found. (iPhone users can remove dirt by blowing into their microphone.) Key sites, such as the Amphitheatre and Temple of Mithras, are brought to life through augmented reality video (iPhone only), showing scenes of Roman London overlaid onto a modern view. A soundscape to the Roman capital is also included, so students can listen to the hustle and bustle of the forum or the clamor of the Boudican rebellion. In addition, a map of Roman London, compiled and produced by Museum of London Archaeology, has been superimposed onto a modern map of London. Students can use the slider to see how the city has changed over the last 2,000 years.
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.