The Benefits of Using Marty to Teach AI:
Marty the Robot was designed with interactivity in mind, and our new machine learning extension allows students to interact with Marty like never before. Students can teach Marty how to react to sounds or images and control the outcome. Marty can dance to a specific song, whistle when shown a particular image, or say hello and wave when they see a student; the options are endless!
Marty sports a human-like appearance, complete with arms, legs, a head, and facial expressions. This human resemblance instantly captures students’ attention and makes Marty more relatable and approachable.
Marty’s humanoid appearance opens the door for educators to craft narratives and scenarios involving the robot, enriching the learning experience with immersion, engagement and cross curricular potential.
Children have a natural inclination to anthropomorphize objects and creatures in their surroundings. Humanoid robots like Marty, given their human-like features, are especially prone to being personified by students. With Marty’s range of facial feature and accessory stickers, students can attribute personalities, emotions, or different names to Marty, nurturing a sense of connection and curiosity.
Marty’s capacity to convey emotions through their facial expressions can establish an emotional bond with students. This connection can be harnessed to impart concepts related to empathy and communication.
Why is it important to teach children about AI?
AI is a human-created technology designed to benefit people, and it’s highly likely that every elementary school child has encountered AI in their everyday lives.
Whether they’ve utilized speech-to-text software, interacted with a voice assistant at home, or engaged with websites like Netflix or YouTube, AI has seamlessly woven itself into children’s daily routines.
It’s crucial for children to feel included in discussions about the technology they engage with. Inclusion helps dispel any potential concerns or misconceptions they might develop regarding AI or Machine Learning, and encourages young students to innovate and create using the technologies around them.