Artificial intelligence (AI) is a growing field that impacts many parts of our society. We interact with AI when we use smart home technologies, drive modern cars, and search for information on the web. Kids can start learning about AI and how it works through these fun artificial intelligence activities for students.

Try fun artificial intelligence activities for students

There are many ways students can start exploring AI. These fun artificial intelligence activities for students provide opportunities to expand their knowledge of AI, how it works, and different applications and industries where it is used.

1. AI Explorers

Create & Learn's AI Explorers course allows students to explore how self-driving cars, facial recognition, and other AI technologies work. Students learn to develop AI applications as they learn the role AI plays in image recognition software and chatbots. Students also learn how to implement AI into games and robotics and expand their knowledge of the technical components of AI to explore neural networks. Throughout the course, students consider ethical implications of AI and the impacts this technology has on our society. There's even a free intro event you can start with!

You might also enjoy our Create with ChatGPT course. Through several carefully designed projects, this interactive course helps students understand what ChatGPT is and introduces them to effective ways of using ChatGPT.

And our AI Art for Kids class. Learn cutting-edge technology - exploring state of art tools such as Adobe Firefly, Canva, DALL·E-3 by OpenAI, and Runway ML - and have fun making cool AI art, illustrations, posters, and more!

2. Chatbot Activities

Jackie Gerstein provides fun chatbot activities that teach students how to create a text to speech translator in Scratch. Students can then use the skills they learn while developing this program to create their own chatbot that can answer questions about a topic of their choice. While developing these chatbot programs, students explore AI and machine learning fundamentals and implement these to improve their chatbots. Video: What are Chatbots?

3. Face Sensing on Scratch Lab

Scratch Lab provides experimental blocks that the Scratch team has developed to add new creative possibilities for students. Students can try out these new experimental blocks and even give feedback to the Scratch team! One of the experimental features that they are working on is Face Sensing. With Face Sensing blocks, students can make animated costumes and games that interact with the user's face. This feature allows students to explore machine learning technology to detect faces and respond to facial features and expressions.

Face sensing on Scratch Lab AI activity

4. Image Classification Activities

With MIT App Inventor, students can learn about AI and machine learning to identify objects within images. Students learn about common image classification techniques while exploring data collection and developing their own image classification app. The Introduction to Machine Learning: Image Classification activities consist of several lessons that students can complete to explore the LookExtension in MIT App Inventor and create an app that they can download on an Android device. Video: WhatIsIt Tutorial

5. "Can AI Guess Your Emotion?" Activitiy

In the Digital Technologies Hub's "Can AI Guess Your Emotion?" activity, students explore image classification using Google's Teachable Machine. Students consider how facial features help us recognize emotions and train an AI to recognize these. Students can also expand on this to explore training an AI to recognize pets, words, or other types of data.

Emotion AI activity for kids

Enjoy artificial intelligence activities for kids

AI is a fun and exciting field to explore, and it plays a large role in our society today. Students can get started developing their skills and knowledge in AI through these fun artificial intelligence activities, taking our AI Explorers course and free event, and exploring some interesting facts about AI.

Written by Jamila Cocchiola who has always been fascinated with technology and its impact on the world. The technologies that emerged while she was in high school showed her all the ways software could be used to connect people, so she learned how to code so she could make her own! She went on to make a career out of developing software and apps before deciding to become a teacher to help students see the importance, benefits, and fun of computer science.