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Teach Artificial Intelligence in Kindergarten

Young children are fascinated by machines, computers, and robots. We can teach the foundations of computer science in early childhood through play, stories, and project-based learning. But perhaps the most important key to preparing children for a technologically advanced future is teaching them critical thinking and ethical decision making. Exploring open-ended questions such as “How can robots improve the world?” will help children become innovative and ethical creators of technology.

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  1. Identify the foundational concepts of computer science that are appropriate for early childhood classrooms.
  2. Discuss hands-on, constructivist, and project-based learning experiences for teaching computer science in early childhood.
  3. Consider how ethical decision making and critical thinking can be included in a computer science curriculum starting at a very young age.



Ann Gadzikowski, Early Childhood Coord, Northwestern University

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