As the presence of artificial intelligence expands significantly in children’s lives of learning and play, it is critical that students learn to be conscientious consumers of AI from an early age.
The goal of this curriculum is to teach middle school children about generative machine learning techniques and how students can partner with machines in creative expression such as art, music, poems and more. We will explore tools and techniques such as neural networks and GANs across text, images, music, and videos. We frame this curriculum as an exploration of creativity, such that children’s creative and imaginative capabilities can be enhanced by innovative technologies. Further, we aim to foster discussions throughout the workshop to highlight important ethical issues around generative AI, such as creative IP and generation of hyperrealist fake media.