The PrimaryAI project originates from one primary question: how can we draw from children’s conceptions and ideas to teach about AI? In this context, we have been engaging children alongside a cohort of teacher co-designers to investigate deeply engaging learning experiences integrating artificial intelligence and life science for upper elementary students with immersive problem-based learning. By leveraging an iterative design, development, and refinement process, we integrate AI-science curriculum and immersive problem-based learning environment to introduce AI concepts and ethics into upper elementary science classrooms. PrimaryAI enables students to collaboratively learn about AI by engaging in problem-based learning in which they solve science problems with AI tools designed specifically to support upper elementary students in inquiry-based science adventures.
The PrimaryAI project has three major thrusts:
- Design and iteratively refine the PrimaryAI curriculum and immersive problem-based learning environment that integrates artificial intelligence with life science for upper elementary students.
Create the PrimaryAI professional development model for teachers that integrates artificial intelligence and life science education.
Provide a social and cognitive account of upper-elementary students learning about artificial intelligence and life science through immersive problem-based learning.