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Get Hands-On with AI and Robotics

When: May 18, 2022, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Ave, Suite A , Pittsburgh, PA

AI (artificial intelligence) is an intelligence multiplier the same way that industrial machines are muscle multipliers. As our AI gets better, it will allow people to do more, faster and better, in just about every field of work. Though the development of new AI methods remains the province of highly trained researchers, all of us are already interacting with AI daily, and so it’s important for everyone, and especially our students, to develop an understanding of how AI works and how to use it well.

The goal of this workshop is to get hands-on experience working with AI. You will learn about the types of AI models used to detect objects in images by training an AI model to detect different stuffed animals. You’ll then use this model to control a Finch Robot that does simple tasks based on the code you’ve written. You’ll walk away with a lesson that can be completed in as few as 3 class sessions in any middle or high school computer science class. The lesson itself does not require access to a Finch Robot. No previous experience with AI or robotics is expected, though we do recommend some experience with blocks-based coding.

Please bring a laptop with a working camera and any stuffed animals you have access to. We’ll provide robots, extra stuffed animals, and an afternoon snack!

This workshop is limited to the first 25 registrants.


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