Exploring Computer Science (ECS): Alternate Curriculum Unit on Artificial Intelligence
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a K-12/University national program (curriculum + professional development) committed to democratizing computer science knowledge by increasing learning opportunities at the high school level for all students, with a specific focus on access for traditionally underrepresented students. The ECS curriculum consists of six units of approximately six weeks each, covering Human Computer Interaction, Problem Solving, Web Design, Introduction to Programming, Computing and Data Analysis, and Robotics. It also offers two units that can be used as alternates to either unit 5 or 6: E-Textiles, and Artificial Intelligence.
The ECS curriculum is structured to facilitate inquiry and equity-based instructional practices so that all students, especially those in schools with high numbers of low-income students and students of colour, are introduced to the problem solving, computational practices, and modes of inquiry associated with computer science.
In general, the aim of this unit is to demystify the topic of AI, with students gaining an understanding of terminology such as machine learning and deep learning.
This science curriculum and teacher professional development program can be used by teachers since it aims to support them and districts through implementation of the course regardless of school resources.