1. Kristy Boyer
  2. http://ld-main-websiteapp.eba-hcpibxny.us-east-2.elasticbeanstalk.com/
  3. Associate professor
  4. Fostering Computer Science and AI Learning through Youth Led Conversational App Development Experiences
  5. http://www.campdialogs.org/
  6. University of Florida
  1. Joanne Barrett
  2. Dir Teacher Education, Griffin Initiative
  3. Fostering Computer Science and AI Learning through Youth Led Conversational App Development Experiences
  4. http://www.campdialogs.org/
  5. University of Florida
  1. Maya Israel
  2. https://education.ufl.edu/faculty/israel-maya/
  3. Associate professor
  4. Fostering Computer Science and AI Learning through Youth Led Conversational App Development Experiences
  5. http://www.campdialogs.org/
  6. University of Florida
  1. Gloria Katuka
  2. Graduate Research Assistant
  3. Fostering Computer Science and AI Learning through Youth Led Conversational App Development Experiences
  4. http://www.campdialogs.org/
  5. University of Florida
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    Maya Israel

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    Associate professor
    May 9, 2022 | 02:23 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to watch our Camp Dialogs video.  As the showcase is launching, we are finalizing our preparations for year 2 camp sessions, which will take place in June and July.  Our video presented experiences from our initial year of Camp Dialogs. This year we are introducing changes based on this first year's implementation, including to the curriculum, counselor professional development, and data collection.  We are also piloting our own interface tool, which we are calling AMBY (AI Made By You). It will work alongside Google home devices. We would love to engage in discussion. Please comment or ask us any questions!

     
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    Kelly Powers

    May 11, 2022 | 09:33 a.m.

    We would love to learn more about the lesson activities and see some student artifacts! This sounds like an exciting project. How might we learn more about the lessons, the tool AMBY and the camp !

     
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    Maya Israel

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    Associate professor
    May 12, 2022 | 12:19 p.m.

    Thanks Kelly. We are planning on making the materials available once we revise them based on this summer's camp implementation. 

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    patrick honner

    Facilitator
    Teacher
    May 10, 2022 | 05:03 p.m.

    This sounds like a great experience for students, and I love the enthusiasm of the instructors showcased in your video. I’m curious about the activities the students engage in: What are the “spoken conversational apps” the students are creating, and what platforms are they working in? And is the goal for students to have an experience with computer science that could impact how they see themselves in relation to the discipline, or is the goal for them to develop CS skills they can take away with them from the experience?

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    Joanne Barrett

    Co-Presenter
    Dir Teacher Education, Griffin Initiative
    May 10, 2022 | 09:33 p.m.

    Thanks for your comments.  I agree that our students are enthusiastic and make great ambassadors for us!  Last year the campers developed spoken apps in Dialogflow on Google devices.  This had lots of challenges including the amount of typing that was required.  For this reason it was decided that an interface to make that hurdle easier was a big goal for this year. We have completed initial user testing on the new interface - including working with some of the campers.  We are hoping this new interface (AMBY - AI Made By You) will alleviate some past challenges and that this will help campers create more than one project of their own choosing. The goal is for them to have a positive experience to help with identity formation that could allow them to see themselves in CS in the future if they choose. I guess best case is that they could accomplish both, for I think that there is synergy between having a positive experience building something that will support developing your identity and thinking about your future. We look forward to letting you know the outcome after camp this summer. 

     
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    Douglas Lusa Krug

    Graduate Student
    May 10, 2022 | 05:08 p.m.

    Great work, Maya and team! One of the challenges for broadening the participation is attracting to the camps those that are not yet interested in computer science. How are you recruiting students for the camps? Are you measuring engagement and motivation before and after the camp?

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    Joanne Barrett

    Co-Presenter
    Dir Teacher Education, Griffin Initiative
    May 10, 2022 | 09:21 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to inquire. In our pilot year we started late and had to hustle to recruit campers (plus with covid and being an in-person camp it was very challenging) so we had a small cohort for the first year.  This year, we started recruiting earlier, and we did a number of things including creating flyers, talking with parents to gain insights, adding a website for applications and working with community outreach experts to help us get the word out.  Our graduate students did an outstanding job recruiting and we are really proud of their efforts.  We have pre/post assessments planned for gauging attitudes so stay tuned for updates as our research progresses.

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    Maya Israel

    Co-Presenter
    Associate professor
    May 11, 2022 | 08:36 a.m.

    Thanks for this question. You are right that it can be challenging recruiting campers who may not be aware of these types of opportunities and do not feel connected to STEM/CS education. In addition to the strategies that Joanne described above, we are also working with a community liaison and attending community events to get the word out.

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    Douglas Lusa Krug

    Graduate Student
    May 11, 2022 | 08:53 a.m.

    Thanks for sharing, Joanne and Maya! Recruiting is, for sure, one of the challenges.

     
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  • May 10, 2022 | 07:26 p.m.

    Hello, I enjoyed your video. I am trying to understand what exactly the youth do in the camp. Could you please share in detail.

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    Joanne Barrett

    Co-Presenter
    Dir Teacher Education, Griffin Initiative
    May 10, 2022 | 09:14 p.m.

    Thanks for asking. Overall, I think that it is a typical day camp with varied activities and snacks and lunch.  While we have curriculum we want to impart we try to do so in fun ways, adding lots of movement in the form of unplugged activities and some sports. One of the challenges is finding fun ways to do things, because it is an informal learning setting. This year we have plans to add more activities including some yoga and art. We introduce them to AI and CS as they develop their own spoken dialogue apps.  Our dev team has created a new interface for the campers to use Dialogflow with Google devices to hopefully eliminate some of the difficulty they had using Dialogflow directly last year. 

     
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    Arun Balajiee Lekshmi Narayanan
  • May 11, 2022 | 10:51 a.m.

    So great to hear of the work you are doing! We (Mobile CSP) are currently developing a module in collaboration with Amazon Future Engineer and MIT App Inventor to help students learn about voice AI through programming Amazon Alexa skills. We've been looking at the AI4K12 resources and realizing that the objectives might be well beyond the scope of the introductory level work we are doing. Are you seeing this as well? I'd also be interested in knowing what AI learning goals you set for the students who participate, if you would be willing to share.

     
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    Joanne Barrett

    Co-Presenter
    Dir Teacher Education, Griffin Initiative
    May 11, 2022 | 01:17 p.m.

    Hi Pauline, we have found that their Progression charts under the Guidelines which are grade banded have been really helpful.  They have recently released the one for Big Idea #4. Our learning objectives are still a work in progress, but our plan is to share them in the future.  We are also shifting our development of objectives to the creation of "I can" statements for our campers.  So for example an objective about analyzing training data becomes "I can make rules to classify data," will hopefully help us with scope.

     
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    Alexander Rudolph

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 11, 2022 | 01:37 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring project. The video is very engaging and well-designed. I hope that in future you can include some interviews with campers about their experience and also talk about the results of your work. How many campers successfully completed the project? You mention in your intro comment that you learned some things from last year about how to best run the camp. What were some of those lessons? Thank you again for your work!

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    Joanne Barrett

    Co-Presenter
    Dir Teacher Education, Griffin Initiative
    May 12, 2022 | 08:32 a.m.

    What a great idea to include camper interviews, we will have to try to remember that for next year.  We hope to share our outcomes in the future and we are working on some papers and posters. I think we will have a lot more to share after the camp rolls out this summer.  Last year was our pilot year and we learned some things about the challenges campers had with typing, writing, and the need to get the wiggles out! The pilot year was a very small number, and we lost some to covid so not all that started could finish.  Fingers crossed that covid doesn't interfere with life anymore.

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    Rebecca Vieyra

    Facilitator
    Associate Director of Global Initiatives
    May 12, 2022 | 02:17 a.m.

    Hi, team! This looks like a very exciting project.

    To echo Patrick's question, I'm not sure what a “spoken conversational app” is. Can you give an example of a final app, and what it does? And, can you tell me a bit more about the advantages of working with such an app (and associated platform) over some of the things I've seen other groups do, like working with Scratch?

     
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    Alex Gurn

    Researcher
    May 17, 2022 | 03:27 p.m.

    Love the video and look forward to seeing learning resources from this project. I was wondering what/of any ethical questions or dilemmas around AI and ML the young people have identified? What issues do they find compelling? 

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