iRobot: Teaching an Evaluated, Competencies-Based Introductory Artificial Intelligence Class in Highschools

Harald Burgsteiner, Martin Kandlhofer, Gerald Steinbauer

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Profound knowledge about at least the fundamentals of Arti-
ficial Intelligence (AI) will become increasingly important for careers in
science and engineering. Therefore we present an innovative educational
project teaching fundamental concepts of artificial intelligence at high
school level. We developed a high school AI-course (called “iRobot”) deal-
ing with major topics of AI and computer science (automatons, agent
systems, data structures, search algorithms, graphs, problem solving by
searching, planning, machine learning) according to suggestions in the
current literature. The course was divided into seven weekly teaching
units of two hours each, comprising both theoretical and hands-on com-
ponents. We conducted and empirically evaluated a pilot project in a
representative Austrian high school. The results of the evaluation show
that the participating students have become familiar with the concepts
included in the course and the various topics addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-223
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event39th Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence: KI 2016 - University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
Duration: 26 Sep 201630 Sep 2016

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