Pupils today already encounter Artificial Intelligence in their daily lives. In the future, they will heavily have to deal with all the possibilities, challenges, and problems of AI-technologies. Thus, it is important to us that we start a dialogue with them about these consequences.
Our practice partner Wissenschaft im Dialog ("Science in Dialogue") has already initiated two nationwide school projects which aim to introduce pupils to the dimensions of AI in science and society and allow them a competent handling of AI-technologies.
I’m a Scientist: AI Edition
I'm a Scientist is an online program which enables a direct interaction between pupils and scientist from the area of artificial intelligence.
Pupils in their 5th year of school and higher enter into dialogue with scientists through live-chats and a questioning function. Through this, pupils get introduced to the work day of scientists, learn what relations current research has to their day-to-day life and furthermore, that scientists are normal humans with hobbies and a favorite food as well. The idea for I’m a scientist originated in the United Kingdom.
Junior AI Coffee Shops
Junior AI Coffee Shops are talking rounds organized by pupils with experts in AI research. The initiative from the teenagers is at the forefront here: they research, organize, moderate, and make important decisions.
The focus of Junior AI Coffee Shops is less on the technical achievements or details and more on the societal consequences of AI research. Aside from a short impulse presentation, the coffee shops include discussions led by students and world-coffee-shop-elements which the entire school community can partake in.