Designed for the iPad and iPhone, Ingressis a free immersive Augmented Reality (AR) game produced by Niantic Labs, a division of Google. The story setup is that the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has discovered a new form of matter called Exotic Matter (XM, for short). XM, which has the power to control human thought, is constantly leaking into our world via various portals. The world is divided into two factions over who should control these XM portals, and it is up to the player to choose a side and help that side achieve victory. The game incorporates real-world locations and landmarks as portals using geo-location-based AR, in combination with an arsenal of tools to hack and take over portals, and a constant stream of social interaction. 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.