This session will introduce participants to the Alexa
for Astronauts: Using AI to Monitor Health lesson set. We will explore how the
instructional sequence exposes high school students to ideas about artificial
intelligence (AI) and computer programming, using Amazon Alexa and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) App Inventor, while applying
previously built life science ideas to begin to address the problem of
monitoring astronauts’ physical health. Participants will gain experience using
the Alexa-MIT App Inventor to program custom Alexa skills and learn how to sign
up for access to the instructional materials. No accounts needed; bring a laptop
or device to access the Alexa-MIT App Inventor.
The Alexa-MIT App Inventor platform and teacher supports found in the lesson plans make it possible to incorporate computer science and artificial intelligence ideas in Biology class.
Patrice Scinta (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Michelle Phillips (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Garrett Dorfman (Amazon Future Engineer: Nashville, TN), Kristin Rademaker (NSTA: Arlington, VA)