AI for Kids (Illustrated) Character Design Competition
Open for submissions

Deadline: 30 April 2021

AI for Kids (AI4K)®

AI for Kids (AI4K) introduces AI in a blended learning format to school children aged between 9 to 12 years old. We will be launch our NEW extended curriculum for children aged 7 to 9 years old in Q4 2021. They will be taught machine learning concepts, computational thinking, and finally use Microsoft’s Azure Cognitive Services to build a basic AI application.

AI4K Programme Structure

For Children Aged 7 - 9 years old

Stay tuned in Q4 2021 for new content...

For Children Aged 9 - 12 years old

AI4K (Illustrated)

We will extending the curriculum to lower primary students. To help more students gain an exposure to AI, we have developed the AI4K (Illustrated) Edition

In this edition, we will be developing an electronic book (e-book) which will provide a basic introduction to AI in a fun and engaging way. The expected launch of the book will be in Q4 2021.

AI4K (Illustrated) Character Design Competition

AISG invites all school going children, aged 7 – 12 years old,  to participate in our e-book character design competition. Submissions from this competition may be used for creating characters in the e-book. Be part of the story and start drawing today!

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Singaporean/ Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Aged 7 – 12 years old

Competition Description

What you need to do: Select one character – Daisy or any of her friends. Submit a drawing and description of it (max 20 words). Note that all characters are non-human.

Storyline: It is Daisy’s first day of school and she needs to find her classroom, fast! She meets 5 friends along the way. Each friend has an AI ability that helps her get to her classroom.

Features of characters

Main character (Daisy)

A small robot which is always excited

Friend 1

Special mouth that translates languages

Friend 2

Big eyes that can recognise objects

Friend 3

Big ears that can hear sounds from afar

Friend 4

A vehicle that moves really fast

Friend 5

Special hands which can feel its surroundings

Prizes: Top 10 entries will stand to win vouchers of up to SGD250!
A virtual art exhibition will be held in June 2021 to showcase the top student submissions.

Submission

Submission format: 

  • A4/A3 size
  • In colour
  • JPG/JPEG/PNG/PDF format
  • Please upload 1 character per file
  • If you wish to submit multiple characters, please fill up the submission form again

Closing date: 30 April 2021. 

Submission Form

AI4K(Illustrated)

Parent's Information

Child/Ward Information

To submit for more than 1 child/ward, you are required to submit the form again.
Name of school must be spelt out in full.

Teacher's Information

Name of school must be spelt out in full.
Format: Designation, Department

Submission (Parents)

Maximum upload size: 50MB
Format: JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF
Please indicate the name of character in your child/ward's drawing.
Checkboxes *
1. This competition is open to all Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident students aged 7 to 12 years old studying in a local primary school at the time of application.

2. Students must submit their drawings in common image file formats (jpeg, jpg, png, pdf etc) only, through this link - https://aisingapore.org/ai4k. The file size of the drawing must not exceed 50MB.

3. The drawings must be uploaded through the link provided by AISG before 30/04/2021, 23:59 hours (“Competition Deadline”).

4. Students can use the following tools to draw the character.
a. Online drawing applications
b. Poster/acrylic/watercolour paint
c. Crayons
d. Colour pencils
e. Any other art materials

5. The drawings must be original and drawn by your child / ward / student only. Parents and teachers can assist in providing feedback and suggestions to your child / ward / student but you must refrain from helping your child / ward / student in drawing the character.

6. Copyright to the drawing vests in the creator. You agree to give AISG exclusive rights to use the drawing in AISG’s electronic book.

7. Competition results will be announced within 30 days of the competition closing date. The judges decision shall be final and binding.

8. AISG retains the rights to release the winning entries and winners names in the local media (both offline and online media).

9. AISG will use the personal data collected from for the purpose of the competition and shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the personal data received from you is protected from unauthorized access, loss or misuse.

10. Breach of any of the terms and conditions by the student / ward or parent / guardian / teacher will result in disqualification / withdrawal of the drawing from the competition and the prize, if any, to be forfeited.

11. You undertake to indemnify, defend and hold harmless NUS against any and all losses, damages, claims or liabilities that NUS may suffer due to infringement of third party rights in the drawing submitted to the competition.

Submission (Teachers)

Teachers should compile student submissions (drawing and descriptions) into a .zip folder. Descriptions can include interesting characteristics or how your student created this character.

Images should be in JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF format and the corresponding description should be submitted in doc, docx, pdf format.

Please rename images and corresponding description using StudentName_Drawing and StudentName_Description.

Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
List of students' information (name, level, school name) in csv format.
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
Images should be in JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF format and the corresponding description should be submitted in doc, docx, pdf format.
Please indicate the name of character in each drawing.
Checkboxes *
1. This competition is open to all Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident students aged 7 to 12 years old studying in a local primary school at the time of application.

2. Students must submit their drawings in common image file formats (jpeg, jpg, png, pdf etc) only, through this link - https://aisingapore.org/ai4k. The file size of the drawing must not exceed 50MB.

3. The drawings must be uploaded through the link provided by AISG before 30/04/2021, 23:59 hours (“Competition Deadline”).

4. Students can use the following tools to draw the character.
a. Online drawing applications
b. Poster/acrylic/watercolour paint
c. Crayons
d. Colour pencils
e. Any other art materials

5. The drawings must be original and drawn by your child/ward only. Parents and teachers can assist in providing feedback and suggestions to your child/ward but you must refrain from helping your child / ward / student in drawing the character.

6. Copyright to the drawing vests in the creator. You agree to give AISG exclusive rights to use the drawing in AISG’s electronic book.

7. Competition results will be announced within 30 days of the competition closing date. The judges decision shall be final and binding.

8. AISG retains the rights to release the winning entries and winners names in the local media (both offline and online media).

9. AISG will use the personal data collected from for the purpose of the competition and shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the personal data received from you is protected from unauthorized access, loss or misuse.

10. Breach of any of the terms and conditions by the student / ward or parent / guardian / teacher will result in disqualification / withdrawal of the drawing from the competition and the prize, if any, to be forfeited.

11. You undertake to indemnify, defend and hold harmless NUS against any and all losses, damages, claims or liabilities that NUS may suffer due to infringement of third party rights in the drawing submitted to the competition.

AI4K Certified Instructors

Certified Instructors are trained facilitators who can teach the full AI4K curriculum and deliver the learning outcomes.

AI Singapore works with its Certified Training Partner, AI Learning Lab, to conduct regular AI4K Train-the-Trainer (TTT) courses.   The primary audiences are MOE school teachers and ICT facilitators so that our school can develop internal capabilities and resources to have the means and flexibility to teach AI for our students anytime.

AI Singapore also accepts 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 participation of AI4K boot camps to their cohorts.

AI Singapore hopes to achieve the goal of having every MOE upper primary school students in Singapore to learn about AI.

Benefits

  • Exclusive access to AI for Kids Slides + Lesson Plans
  • Microsoft Azure accounts for use in AI4K lessons, valid for two (2) years.
  • "AI4K Certified Instructor" Certificate

Certification Process

AI4K Train-the-Trainer Course

The AI4K Train-the-Trainer (TTT) course comprises of a two-day TTT session and one full participation at a organized AI4K public bootcamp with actual student participants.  This course is conducted only by AI Singapore’s certified partner and qualified instructors.

The two-day session will teach trainees the AI4K curriculum and the hands-on activities.  Trainees will be tasked to present independently and be peer-reviewed and graded by the Master Trainer before passing this session.

Trainees will then be required to participate in at least one AI4K public bootcamp, either as hands-on facilitators or lesson presenters, before graduatiing.

Graduated trainees will receive a AI4K™ Certified Instructor” certificate, as well as the licensed AI4K™ instructional materials and resources to conduct AI4K™ – branded workshops within MOE primary schools. 

The course fee is SGD 480 (excl. GST) and the certification is only valid for 2 years.

Update 29 April 2020 :  At the current moment,  AI Singapore is not organizing the Train-the-Train Course which needs to be conducted face-to-face.  If  you have interest, please write to us ai4k@aisingapore.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

About AI4K

What is AI4K ?

AI for Kids (AI4K)™ is a programme to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) to primary 4-6 school children through a blended learning approach with online, classroom and hands-on activities. The curriculum is designed by AI Singapore in partnership with NUS High School of Maths and Science. It teaches participants machine learning concepts and how to use popular tools such as Scratch and Azure Cognitive Services to build basic AI applications.

Who is AI4K for?

AI4K curriculum is designed for upper primary school children in mind (10-12 years old). Having said that, if your child is interested to learn, there is no restriction to age! Happy learning!

AI4K (Illustrated) Character Design Competition

Eligibility

My child is not within the competition age range, can he/she participate in this competition?

No. This competition is for primary school students aged 7 – 12 years old only.

My child is homeschooled, can he / she participate in the competition?

Yes. Please indicate ‘Homeschool’ as the name of school in your application.

If my child is a foreigner, can my child participate?

No. This competition is for Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents only.

Submissions

Is there an application fee for the competition?

No.

Can my child’s character description be more than 20 words?

No. The description of your child/ward’s character should be within the words limit.

What is the minimum number of words allowed?

The minimum word limit is 5 words.

Can I submit multiple entries?

Yes. You will need to re-submit the form. Please adhere to the submission format.

Is there a limit on the number of submissions from the same child?

No, there is no limit.

Is there a requirement for the art medium used?

No. Your child/ward may use art materials like paint, pastels or crayons for their artwork. Drawings created on a digital medium/app(i.e. Paint, Sketchpad) are also acceptable but the artwork must be drawn by your child/ward.

Can I submit a hardcopy instead?

No. You may wish to scan your child/ward’s artwork and upload the softcopy in our application form.

Can I submit a photo of my child’s drawing instead if I don’t have a scanner?

Yes. Please ensure that your child/ward’s artwork is clearly shown and adheres to the submission format.

We have submitted a character previously and my child would like to improve the character design, how can we do so?

You may submit the improved design as another entry, we will review all entries.

Use of submitted characters

If my child’s character is chosen, will it be shown in the storybook?

We may use your child/ward’s character directly or indirectly, depending on final design of the book, AI Singapore reserves the rights to decide on the design and use of all characters in the e-book.

Where can I purchase the electronic book?

The book is scheduled to launch in Q4 2021. More information will be released upon launch.

AI4K Certified Instructor Programme

What is a Certified Instructor?

This is a certificate awarded to participants who pass our AI4K Train-the-Trainer course. As a certified instructor, you will have full access to our AI4K lesson and materials and be qualified to teach AI4K™-branded workshop in the primary school you are volunteering in.

What is Train-the-Trainer (TTT)?

This is a 2-day course conducted by our Certified Training Partner.  Trainees will learn AI4K curriculum, be able to present and conduct the hands-on activities independently. The trainees will be peer-reviewed and graded by Master Trainer.

How long is the TTT Session?

The duration of the session is 2 days long (6 hours per day). You are required to attend all 2 days, and pass the assessment and peer reviews, and facilitate at least 1 AI4K™ public bootcamp in order to be certified.

I am currently working and cannot attend the TTT Course. Should I still apply?

In order to qualify as an AI4K Certified Instructor, you are required to attend all TTT session.  Some TTT may be conducted on weekends.  If you are interested in upcoming schedules, please sign up for our mailing list to stay updated.

Do I need to pay for the TTT?

Yes, the fee is SGD 480 (excluding GST).

Can I use my SkillsFuture credits to apply?

Not at the moment.

Does it mean that I will get accepted into a Primary School of my choice with Phase 2B?

No.  AI4K™ Certified Instructor Programme is not related to MOE Parent Volunteer Scheme.

Eligibility

Who can apply to this programme?

Anyone working or living in Singapore who has interest to join the TTT course.

I am not a Singapore citizen, can I apply?

Please contact us at ai4k@aisingapore.org to indicate your interest. 

I am not a parent but would like to volunteer. Should I apply?

This programme is suitable for Singapore-based parents who are currently volunteering or wish to participate parent volunteering in MOE schools soon.

Certification

If I cannot attend 1 out of 3 days of the TTT workshop, can I attend that day in the next session?

No, you are not allowed to replace any lesson and 100% attendance is required to be certified. 

How long is this AI4K™ Certified Instructor certificate valid for?

It is valid for 2 years.

Others

Can I arrange dedicated sessions for my school's teachers / parent support group to attend the TTT course?

Yes, the school must commit to a minimum class size of 10 participants (TTT course fee applies).

Will I be able to conduct AI4K™ Bootcamp outside primary schools on my own after my certification?

No. However, AISG can organize the session with you as the lead trainer.