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November 30, 2022

Children studying Artificial Intelligence in Romania: This is the next step in understanding the technology that surrounds us

Not just children, but all of us are surrounded by platforms and tools that use AI (artificial intelligence) whether we realize it or not, including at school, home or work – but most of us are just consumers of such technology. Although for some parents it sounds worthy of a science-fiction scenario, Logiscool, the edutech leader in Romania, reveals how children can become conscious and responsible users of AI – all from the middle school period or even much earlier.

Having already helped nearly 40,000 children to understand programming concepts from school age, Logiscool is now preparing a new generation of children to learn to work with artificial intelligence and data science through a new pilot course for the first time at Logiscool. This course has as prerequisites a programming course where children lay the foundations of algorithmic and analytical thinking and acquire programming skills, or an entrance test to an advanced Logiscool course.

Artificial intelligence is the next step in preparing young generations for a future where most jobs will include a digital component. Starting from the premise that the young people of today are the creators and specialists of tomorrow, learning artificial intelligence from middle school is a huge leap for the digital evolution in Romania.” – Indira Abdulvoap, General Manager of Logiscool.

If there is a right age to learn how intelligent algorithms work, in what kind of jobs of the future such knowledge will be useful, or what children actually do in an AI class are just some of the questions that Logiscool will answer in this material.


Why AI in Romania?


Artificial Intelligence is causing a change in perspective on education and preparing children for the future. If until now the acquisition of some theoretical notions from the basic subjects was sufficient, in the new paradigm more abstract notions such as those about AI are necessary.

To understand and manage the future in a technology-driven world, children need a digital knowledge background that they can use in different forms. Whether they want to pursue a career in IT, create their own game or pursue their hobby, digital knowledge will make the difference. Being able to conceptually understand what’s going on around you is an advantage,” said Indira Abdulvoap, General Manager of Logiscool.


How early can children be introduced to the world of Artificial Intelligence?


Logiscool explains that while there is no specific age to learn what AI is and how it works, it is much easier for a child over 10 to assimilate such information. The earlier the foundations in the field of AI are laid, the easier it will be for the future adult to build a career or a hobby that involves skills in the field of technology.

Furthermore, the team believes that by the age of 10, children can not only decode new information but can use their imagination, curiosity, and creativity as the main tools in their learning process.

There is a period when the mind assimilates new information much more easily, regardless of its nature. From words to activities and habits, the human brain is much more plastic during childhood, being the most suitable stage to sediment including somewhat more complex concepts,”   underlined Indira Abdulvoap, General Manager of Logiscool.


What kind of experiments can they do, and what can they develop once they get into this field?


Currently, we can talk to and about Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen who speaks, moves, and interacts like a real human. This AI and Machine Learning creation combines science, engineering, and the arts to showcase the future of AI and robotics.

In such a competitive technological context, it is inevitable not to ask ourselves the question: What will the children of today develop in the future of tomorrow, if they start now to deepen the field of AI?

Although past generations did not have access to resources, today the balance is tipped against children eager to know the technology in the smallest detail. With the help of courses made especially for students, they can learn to write lines of code, manage intelligent algorithms, generate text, images, videos, and music, but also create their own digital games.

These AI courses are developed from a bilateral perspective, so the little ones not only assimilate a series of theoretical and practical knowledge but also develop a set of universal skills. Critical and algorithmic thinking, analytical spirit, coordination, and logic are just some of the elements acquired during the courses, elements that play an important role in the development of essential digital skills for the future,”  Indira Abdulvoap, General Manager of Logiscool stated.

The team at Logiscool explained to us that among the things children learn in AI classes are the operation of decision trees (which they will understand even by creating an adventure game), as well as concepts such as supervised machine learning and unsupervised, data visualization and numerical models and kNN algorithms. But more importantly, they will learn about human responsibility and ethical issues in the field of artificial intelligence. Learning occurs through the application of information through games, in addition to a variety of other online tools.

Because these are concepts that require some background knowledge to be fully understood, it’s helpful for any child who wants to enroll in these courses to be familiar with the written, text-based format of programming – such courses are already available in the regular Logiscool curriculum, but children can also demonstrate their knowledge in a test, without having to attend other courses first.


Why do kids need to learn AI and data science?


In a world dominated by digitization and enlivened by AI, Machine Learning and Robotics, preparing children for an increasingly technological future takes on a completely different meaning. Beyond the natural process of digital evolution and adaptation to today’s society, AI underlies the passions, hobbies and jobs of the future.

If we’re just talking about jobs, a study by the Mckinsey Global Institute confirms that by 2030, when children will be practically adults, about 14% of the workforce will have to change their occupation due to automation.

Moreover, the Logiscool team believes that Artificial Intelligence is the science of making smart machines, and as long as it exists, there will always be a need for a specialist to build, program and maintain these smart machines.

Our future plan for this discipline is to prepare as many children as possible with a range of digital knowledge useful in any field. In this way, we ensure that the current generation, as well as those coming after, will be prepared for the challenges and the new reality in which we live. Thus, we will follow the path of our learners and provide them with the support they need throughout the duration of the course.,” Indira Abdulvoap, General Manager of Logiscool added.

Registrations for the AI ​​and Data Science courses for kids at Logiscool can be done here or by contacting the nearest school.


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