AAAI Publications, Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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IRobot: Teaching the Basics of Artificial Intelligence in High Schools
Harald Burgsteiner, Martin Kandlhofer, Gerald Steinbauer

Last modified: 2016-03-05


Profound knowledge about Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become increasingly important for careers in science and engineering. Therefore an innovative educational project teaching fundamental concepts of AI at high school level will be presented in this paper. We developed an AI-course covering major topics (problem solving, search, planning, graphs, datastructures, automata, agent systems, machine learning) which comprises both theoretical and hands-on components. A pilot project was conducted and empirically evaluated. Results of the evaluation show that the participating pupils have become familiar with those concepts and the various topics addressed. Results and lessons learned from this project form the basis for further projects in different schools which intend to integrate AI in future secondary science education.


Artificial Intelligence; Computer Science Education; Teaching AI

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