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Using AI to inspire females to choose fields of study related to STEM [C11]

Actors involved

Teacher and students

Planned activities

  • AI4Females project seeks to promote gender equality in science by creating motivated demonstrators based on Artificial Intelligence of Things. The axes of the project will be focused on:
  • Improving school curricula, including new content regulated and approved that adapts to the competences of professional training.
  • Developing training material for the future that allows students to acquire new knowledge connected with Artificial Intelligence and that can be applied in their future jobs and in the industry.
  • Bringing out the significant role of women in STEM VET schools.
  • Inspiring young girls through role-model education to follow STEM VET schools.
  • Enhancing teachers’ and students’ skills in Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
  • The planned IA-related activities are:
  • Create documentation on technical aspects of IA.
  • Create three IoT and IA projects that may be attractive to women.

Results

  • Documentation on IA (in this case on IA theory and APIs).
  • Create three projects for each of the 4 VET centers.
  • Receive a course on IA
  • Travel with the students to Portugal and Poland
  • Receive students from Portugal

Project origin

They were invited to participate in an Erasmus+ KA2 project. The project was already IA oriented. The school already had a member of the department working part-time on IA in Tknika and they were already doing some small IA projects with the students (AI embebida: ESP32-Cam and Edge-impulse).
In the Electronics and Telecommunications department they have a group of teachers oriented to Erasmus+ projects. When the invitation was received, the amount of work and personnel resources available were assessed and it was decided to accept the invitation to be part of the call (at that point it is not known whether the project will go ahead or not).

Lesson planning

That there are manuals, practical examples and videos is very useful to understand and practice with IA.
They do not keep a count of the hours dedicated to the project, but they are many. It could easily be about 8 hours a week, for two years it adds up to 800 hours.

Technical requirements

Hardware, especially two Jetson nano

External stakeholders

No, but the Erasmus+KA2 project itself included a training course on IA.

Issues encountered

Not particularly. There are times when projects progress slowly, but they consider it a regular occurrence.

About Results

The students had the opportunity to travel to Poland and see all the projects in progress. In total there are three projects for each of the four participating VET centers, making a total of 12 projects. The students were able to exchange their impressions about each of the projects with each of the VET centers.
There is a day at the school to show this type of work. It was explained to all the teachers what the Erasmus+KA2 project was about and they could see the projects in progress.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.