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Issue 8:

CSIRO Education and Outreach welcomes you to the second term of 2024.

Now well into the school year, we approach some exciting annual STEM education events, starting with the Day of AI next week. This year we have teamed up with CSIRO's Data61 and the National Artificial Intelligence Centre to provide free teaching resources and interactive AI events to mark the occasion. Keen to learn more about AI? One million ‘Introduction to AI’ scholarships have been made available to Australians in a bid to increase the nation’s literacy of AI fundamentals. Read on to learn more.

There is much to look forward to beyond the Day of AI; we have additional professional learning offerings upcoming later in May, and in July a special edition Double Helix NAIDOC Week (7-14 July) issue, as well as CONASTA 2024 - see you there! 

Dive into AI

Day of AI Australia

CSIRO have partnered with Day of AI Australia to help spark students' curiosity about AI and computer science. Together, we support teachers and educators to run Day of AI in their classrooms during term 2. All you need is access to a laptop and an internet connection. The free teaching materials are available now!

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Dance with a Digital Human

This webinar event showcases how technology is being applied to sport science to help athletes perform at their best. CSIRO experts show how artificial intelligence and motion capture techniques can transform humans into digital humans. Students can warm up with an AFLW player and learn a dance with ‘Dizzy the Digital Human’. Join us on Wednesday 15 May in one of two sessions for Years 4-6 and Years 7-9.

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Introduction to AI course

CSIRO’s National AI Centre and Institute of Applied Technology Digital have partnered to make AI education easily accessible to all Australians via a free online course. The 3-hour, self-paced course will provide a non-technical introduction to AI fundamentals and is designed for people at the beginning their AI literacy journey.

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Responsible and Ethical AI

CSIRO Education and Outreach and Data 61 have combined to create a lesson plan to explore responsible and ethical AI. Suitable for Years 5 and 6 and free to download, it includes the materials, presentation with presenter notes and curriculum mapping needed to navigate the concept of fairness in AI.

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AI Resources for Schools webinar

CSER and the Digital Technologies Hub are hosting a 30-minute webinar to share their favourite AI resources for educators in primary and secondary schools. The free event, hosted Wednesday 22 May, 3:30pm - 4:00 pm (ACST), will also announce new freely available resources that connect AI with v9.0 of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and other subject areas. Suitable for teaches both new and familiar with AI, join in for practical resources and to further upskill in AI and its use in classroom lessons.

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More from Education and Outreach

Congratulations to our Adult Future Shapers

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Adult Future Shaper program at the end of last year. We were floored by the amazing work being done to support young people from underrepresented groups in STEM to build their 21st century skills. Congratulations go to our 2024 Adult Future Shapers: Jen Malone, Elise Thornthwaite, Sharni Silvestri, Ben Jucius and Sabina Nabi! We can't wait to see how the prizes they choose supercharge their skillsets and further help young people in their communities.

Educate to Innovate: Growing the STEM workforce

From Australia’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills gap to the lack of student awareness of career opportunities, some of the most pressing challenges facing STEM careers were unpacked at the recent Educate to Innovate: Growing the STEM workforce breakfast. Hosted by CSIRO and supported by Cumberland City Council, this event served as a platform to equip businesses with the tools and knowledge needed to engage with young talent in STEM fields. A key takeaway from our speakers was that collaboration between industry and education not only benefits students, but also has a significant ripple effect, driving Australia's economy, growth, and innovation. Read the blog linked above to discover the key takeaways.

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Upcoming events

STEM Together’s guest speaker and workshop sessions can help boost student skills and engagement. Attend as many as you like and receive your certificate of completion! STEM Together is powered by CSIRO and BHP Foundation.

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