This Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-9), we invite all US high school teachers to teach an Hour of AI with Amazon’s Alexa! We’ve built three lessons designed to blow you and your students away!
In one hour, any student (ages 14+) can learn to code their own space-themed Alexa skills on MIT App Inventor - no Amazon device required. As they code, students meet Amazon experts and uncover the basic mechanics of voice artificial intelligence systems.
Teach an Hour of AI anytime before December 20, 2022 to participate.
“This program really taught me a lot. I used to think artificial intelligence was only in movies and robots being smart like people, but I learned it’s also just tech that can respond to you and help you with everyday life.”High School Student, Mississippi
“This was a fun lesson and a great way to end the year. The students were super excited to hear Alexa respond to them!”High School CS Teacher, Nebraska
“This program has made me think more about what majors I want to choose. I was thinking about doing engineering, but you know, this computer science and tech part, I’m more into it!”High School Student, Mississipppi
“I enjoyed learning about code and the importance of innovation to promote the general good. I always knew that Alexa was useful, but I underestimated the uses of Alexa before these lessons. Learning more about the functions of Alexa, implicit biases, and space promoted my interests in computer science.”High School Student, California
I really enjoyed teaching these lessons. I thought they were interesting, and the students found them interesting.High School CS Teacher, Connecticut
“I enjoyed being able to communicate/talk to an AI that responds to my utterances and commands. It was very interesting.”High School Student, New Jersey
MIT’s App Inventor platform allows students to code their own Alexa Skills using block code - no Alexa or Amazon device required; for US students ages 14+. Teachers create an account and use provided usernames to enable students to code with Alexa in their internet browser.
The following videos are included in ProjectSTEM’s Hour of AI lesson and in the MIT App Inventor Tutorial. You can preview them below and use them how you like!