Using everyday materials like rubber bands, paper cups, and batteries, the challenges introduce AI concepts such as neural networks and self-driving cars. Participants who register for the AI Family Challenge by January 2019 will also have the chance to submit their ideas to participate in the first-ever global AI World Championship taking place May 2019 in Silicon Valley. Iridescent is accepting submissions for the AI World Championship through February 1, 2019.
The first-of-its-kind program aims to expose underrepresented children and their families to cutting-edge technologies and encourages them to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The World Economic Forum estimates that 65 percent of children entering primary school today will work in jobs that don't exist yet, and Iridescent aims to prepare students and families for this shift. A recent study conducted by VeraQuest, commissioned by Iridescent, revealed an overwhelming majority (92%) of parents understand that technology, such as AI, is rapidly advancing and their children need to learn about these new technologies to be prepared for the future.
The AI Family Challenge initiative grew out of seed funding provided by NVIDIA and in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and Patrick J McGovern Foundation.
To learn more about the AI Family Challenge please visit: http://iridescentlearning.org/artificial-intelligence/ai-family-challenge/