AI for Kids (AI4K)™, meant for children aged between 10 to 12 years old, is a programme created by AI Singapore that aligns with our philosophy to “Grow Our Own Timber”. After completing our public boot camps during the June school holidays in 2019, several Singapore primary schools approached us to help conduct additional AI4K boot camps in their schools.
We step up to help the schools develop their capabilities and resources so that they will, in future, have the means and flexibility to teach AI for the students at their own pace.
With Facebook coming in for the second time as official AI4K™ programme sponsor, we kicked off Phase II in late October 2019, with the aim to train MOE school teachers and their ICT facilitators to be certified as AI4K Instructors. We further accept parent volunteers, those intending to be and those who are already in the schools’ Parent Support Groups, to be trained – so that they can play a part to help the schools scale the outreach of the boot camps.
An AI for Everyone™ (Parent Volunteers Edition) workshop was held on 26th October 2019 to announce Phase II and invite parents to apply. Four schools also announced their support during the workshop:
- Wellington primary
- Southview primary
- Yuneng primary
- St Gabriel primary
The first Train-the-Trainer (TTT) session was held in Yuneng Primary in early November with 15 teachers. Subsequent TTT sessions trained more teachers and parents who have applied from the workshop. Facebook hosted the second TTT session at their South Beach Tower office.
AI4K™ Master Trainer – Darren TAN
Facebook’s South Beach Tower office
As part of their training, trainees conduct or facilitate at least one public AI4K™ boot camps organized by AI Singapore, before graduating. We arranged 4 boot camps for Phase II – 9th and 14th December 2019, and 5th and 12th January 2020.
Public Bootcamps at Singapore National Libraries
AI4K™ Phase II was completed at the end of March 2020, and today we have certified AI4K instructor teams across Singapore in 22 primary schools.
Trained Teachers or ICT trainers:
• Ai Tong School
• Canberra Primary
• Chongfu School
• Kong Hwa School
• Nan Chiau Primary
• Pei Chun Public School
• Poi Ching School
• Qihua Primary
• Southview Primary
• St. Gabriel Primary School
• Tao Nan School
• Temasek Primary
• Waterway Primary
• Wellington Primary
• Yuneng Primary
Trained Parent Volunteers and/or Parent Support Groups:
• Frontier Primary School
• Jiemin Primary Ximin Primary
• Nanyang Primary
• Princess Elizabeth Primary
• Red Swastika School
• Tanjong Katong Primary
We sincerely acknowledge the tremendous support from all the schools and trainees in making AI4K™ Phase II a success, and especially our programme sponsor Facebook.
Some comments from the graduated participants: