Getting Started (Beginner)

footsteps in sand

CONGRATULATIONS!

You have taken the first step!

Are you ready to change the world with technology?

Are you ready to learn?

You will learn how to make a project that can be helpful to others using technology.

Are you ready to fix problems?

Climate change

drought
volunteers at food drive

Volunteer opportunities

Helping people with disabilities

girl helping man in wheelchair
slum

Poverty

LET'S START!

Many women before you made a difference in the world of computers

Emma Yang

“It was almost like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, I suddenly felt that I could have super powers through coding, it was magical! I started to realize that coding can really change the world, whether it’s a tool, an education app or a health tracking device. All of them have the potential to change people’s lives.”

WHAT WILL YOU CREATE?

You (and your teammates) will find a problem in your community to solve.

How will you solve it?
 
With either of these below:

Scratch project

Learn how to code and create a project using the Scratch platform.

The project should help fix the problem you decide to solve for your Technovation project.

phone with apps

Mobile App

Learn to create a mobile app using MIT App Inventor.

The app should should help to solve your community problem..

checklist

You will submit:

  1. Project name and 100 word description
  2. Pitch video – all about the problem you are solving and how
  3. Technical video – how you made your project and how it works 
  4. Team photo and summary about your team
  5. Your source code  – the code behind your project or app
  6. Learning Journey essay with 2-6 pictures that describe your Technovation journey

More information can be found here  -> (click me!)

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

You’ll have the help of your parents

mentor helping girls code

and mentors to guide you

And of course, your teammates!

group of girls jumping

If you need more inspiration, check out this Video Diary from Technovation Girls!

How Does AI Work?

Let’s start to explore how Artificial Intelligence actually works!

There are THREE parts to Artificial Intelligence. 

DATASET

PATTERNS

PREDICTION

DATASET
  • → Past videos you’ve watched
  • → Videos other people watch
  • → What you were just watching
PATTERNS
  • → Find videos that are watched by people who are similar to you
  • → Find videos that other people watched after they watched the video you just watched
PREDICTION
  • → What videos you might watch

This video is all about the first part, datasets.

Now think how you and your family create data every day using your computer or smartphone. 


Write down your ideas. 

  • Every Google search
  • Words you type into emails
  • Every question you ask Alexa/Siri/OK Google
  • Connected devices – each time you turn on lights, change room temperature
  • Taps you make on your cell phone
  • Anything you buy online
  • Songs you listen to
  • Steps you take walking with your phone
  • Videos you watch

This next video talks about the next parts of AI – patterns and predictions.

How does Youtube suggest videos for you to watch?

What are the datasetpatterns, and predictions for Youtube?

DATASET
  • → Past videos you’ve watched
  • → Videos other people watch
  • → What you were just watching
PATTERNS
  • → Find videos that are watched by people who are similar to you
  • → Find videos that other people watched after they watched the video you just watched
PREDICTION
  • → What videos you might watch

ACTIVITY 1: HOW DOES AI WORK?

Download and fill out the worksheet

Stop and Discuss

Based on the How does AI Work? Activity:

  1. What did you learn about the data?
  2. Did anything surprise you?
  3. Was it hard to figure out which data the AI technology used? Why or why not?
two girls talking

What is AI?

This video will get you thinking about artificial intelligence, and how to tell whether something is AI or not.

Let’s play a game to see if we can tell what uses AI… and why!

DIRECTIONS

For each example, choose which one uses AI … and why! 


Base your answers on the questions below.

  • Does it understand or sense things?
  • Can it learn over time?
  • Can it make decisions?
  • Can it interact with humans?
  • Can it do it on its own or is it following commands?

EXAMPLE

Pick which one you think uses AI.

This alarm clock is set to go off every morning at 6:30am.

alarm clock

This smartwatch can recognize voice commands, monitor your activities and health and give you updates on your day.

This alarm clock is set to go off every morning at 6:30am. 
NOT AI!

alarm clock

This smartwatch can recognize voice commands, monitor your activities and health and give you updates on your day.   AI

READY? LET'S START!

QUESTION 1

Pick which one you think uses AI.

Vacuum

dog being vacuumed

Roomba

cat riding a roomba

Vacuum not AI

dog being vacuumed

Roomba AI

cat riding a roomba

QUESTION 2

Pick which one you think uses AI.

Remote controlled cards

remote controlled cars racing

BMW i3 parking assistant

auto-assist car parking
image courtesy car-rev-daily.com

Remote controlled cards not AI

remote controlled cars racing

BMW i3 parking assistant AI

auto-assist car parking
image courtesy car-rev-daily.com

QUESTION 3

Pick which one you think uses AI.

Prosthetic that responds to user’s thoughts

man lifting objects with prosthetic arm

Prosthetic that responds to user’s movement

woman dancing with prosthetic leg

Prosthetic that responds to user’s thoughts   AI

man lifting objects with prosthetic arm

Prosthetic that responds to user’s movement Not AI

woman dancing with prosthetic leg

QUESTION 4

Pick which one you think uses AI.

Email predictor

Spell checker

spell checker

Email predictor  AI

Spell checker Not AI

spell checker

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

This video shows how AI can help people in many ways. It also shows how AI can be harmful to humans in some ways

Identifying a Problem to Solve

Let’s start to explore problems you might solve for your Technovation project. 

 
Let’s start with YOU!
 
It helps to stop and think about your values.
 
What is important to you, and to your family?

ACTIVITY 1: YOUR VALUES

Download the file and fill out the worksheet

You’ve thought about your values and what is important to you. Now you might start to think about problems that affect people in your community.

ACTIVITY 2: PROBLEMS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Download the file and fill out the worksheet

If you need more inspiration, check out the videos below!

Further Learning: Exploring UN SDG’s

If you’d like to explore further, the video below explains the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) as another way to look at problems you might want to solve.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization started in 1945. It is "One place where the world's nations can gather together, discuss common problems and find shared solutions."
Learn more

ACTIVITY 2: PROBLEMS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Download the file and fill out the worksheet

ACTIVITY: EXPLORING UN SDG'S

Download the file and fill out the worksheet

Using AI to Solve Problems

Our world is changing rapldly.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is

becoming a bigger and bigger

part of it!

 

Lots of people are hard at work, developing solutions to many other problems using AI.

WHAT CAN AI DO?

Here are some examples!

Keep you healthy

Explore space with the Mars Rover

Beat humans at games

Drive cars

Stop and Discuss

Where do you see or use AI in your daily life?

two girls talking
youtube logo

Youtube

suggests videos to watch

Texting

suggests words as you type

Alexa

Amazon Alexa

understands what you say to it

snapchat filters

Snapchat

adds filters to your face

Does anything here spark an idea for your team?

Can AI be a solution to your problem?