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Robotics and AI courses in the classroom

Authors: Thomas Gatt, ,
  • Institute: Institute of Information And Communication Technology
  • Symposium: Emerging Technology and Creative Innovation
  • Day: 2 , Session: 1 , Location: Auditorium
  • Session Type: Short 10 min (Early stage research) , Start: 09:40 , End: 09:55

Abstract

MCAST, together with a number of vocational schools in Europe, is currently developing a number of courses related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) where the main goal is to develop AI skills of ICT teachers and pupils in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The project, titled ‘Introducing Artificial Intelligence to Vocational Schools in Europe’ (No. 2020-1-LT01-KA202-078015) and co-funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ KA2 program, aims to conduct research on AI, develop lesson materials and disseminate the project’s intellectual output across VET and other educational sectors in and outside of partner countries. In this presentation, an overview of the course being developed by MCAST titled 'Robotic Arm and Computer Vision' will be given. Students are introduced to topics such as Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning and Deep Learning through practical examples and coding. The robotic arm is then introduced and combined with a trained computer vision AI model, the arm is trained to sort small blocks based on their colour. Throughout this course, students are introduced to all stages of AI model building: data collection, cleaning, augmentation, training and testing. This project is currently being tested in 3 vocational schools in Europe (Malta, Germany and Lithuania) and results are expected to be compiled in mid-2022.