ReadyAI Quick Guide

Teacher Version

We are excited to work with you to bring AI to your school and your classroom.

Why don’t we take a look at what you need to start.

  1. Get your hands on a toolkit
    There are four components in the box. You can get them separately online, or order one from us.
  2. Explore the toolkit like a kid, which might take you 3-4 hours. We’ll walk you through how to explore later.
  3. Show your students how you explored. We have some activities that you can use, or you can come up with your own lesson plans and share them with us.
  4. Guide them through a project. They would be able to do something like these.

The end goal is simple: create a scenario where AI can change our lives for the better. Ask the students, what would be something nice to have in the world with existing or future AI technology? It’s almost like writing an essay, imagining a future application of AI.

So what are those technologies that they can use to piece together their ideas? In this version, we teach six things that people should know about AI. We are willing to bet that you already know them because you are using them every day. Your phone recognizes your speech and it unlocks when you look at it — things like these. You and your students relate to them. That’s why we chose them to start a conversation. Also, these things that might come across as science fictions will be very common when they grow up. So they, of all people, should be in the know.

After we tell them some more about each of those things, they learn how to program a robot to do those. Naturally, they would have to be able to code pretty well to do it, which is not for everyone. So, to make it possible (and more fun) for everyone, we find a toolkit.

The toolkit we used is called AI-in-a-Box™. There are four things in it: a robot, a software to program the robot, instructions, and other devices that help connect the robot with the software. If you don’t want to order them separately, you can Order a free trial box now. We test them and assemble them before we send it to you. We also have a laptop version of the box, which allows you to open and start.

The robot is called Cozmo. It has the capability of all six of the aspects when combined with the software. The software is called Calypso. Students use Calypso to tell Cozmo what to do, just like when they speak to each other. For example:

To make Cozmo say “Hello World” when he sees a cube, that’s all they need to put in Calypso.

They learn other functions like this, too. You can switch between different tiles to explore the possibilities. You will see that we are not teaching them how to create AI — that’s for programmers — but rather, how to use AI since it is ready for them in the toolkit. What’s really exciting is to apply what students learn to real life example project that AI can be applied. Now they know the possibilities, they will progress to the next stage: how do I use AI to help people? What they need to do next is to combine the tools they learned and develop their own projects.

We’re sure you know how to guide students to do a project more than we do. So we should let you take it from here.

Here is a list of questions that people have been asking us. Take a look at our approach and let us know what you think.