During this project, we had the opportunity to try out teaching materials on three topics with the students:
1. Self-driving with computer vision;
2. Machine learning agents in the field of game design;
3. Robotic arm and computer vision.
It was decided to incorporate the materials as a form of additional extracurricular activities.
In September-October, 2021 we carried out registration for activities. Pilot lessons started in November.
We distributed all the material to the students through the Microsoft Teams platform, where students could also upload additional videos, comments and share their insights.
We have introduced Python Programming Elementary from Cisco academy course for those with no experience with this programming language.
A better understanding of the project material was supported by the videos offered by the partners from YouTube.
Pilot group consisted of the twelfth grade students of various ages and high school graduates as well as adults from continuing vocational training groups. All these students had prior programming experience, mainly in web development.
New-additional spring admissions groups have also joined. Those pupils who were active in this project from the beginning to the end of testing took part in an AI hackathon in Kaunas. Lithuanian team won second place.
Computer vision use in school, industry, everyday live, have always remained the most interesting topic for students who participated in this project.
While waiting for the robotic equipment to arrive, we tested introductory theoretical lessons on all three topics, had a lot of discussions with students, and watched a lot of educational videos on the topic. It was then possible to complete the topic of Machine learning Agents as it did not require hardware, only software (Unity).
In February-March, with the arrival of the equipment, it was possible to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the testing lessons. Pupils tested the DoBot Robotic arm with all the possibilities with their involvement: drawing, printing with 3D, flange with camera and conveyor belt. Students were also actively involved in installing and operating the JetBot. We constructed a model of city traffic and trained the model to recognize signs.
The AI pilot course was a really interesting opportunity not only for students, but also for our teachers!
Information prepared by teachers at KITM