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Artificial intelligence enters the classroom

From drones to art, Castilleja students learn about growing technology

by Elena Kadvany

If you were at Castilleja School last week, you might have spotted a series of small posters throughout campus, each posing a weighty question about technology.

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20 people like this
Posted by Community member
a resident of University South
on Jan 18, 2019 at 7:23 am

What a wonderful article! As a scientist, I was impressed and inspired by the thoughtful, multidimensional, and forwarding thinking approach to educating the next generation of innovators about this exciting and complication area of technology. Brava to Castilleja for their outstanding program and to Palo Alto Online for this poignant profile.


18 people like this
Posted by Palo Alto Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 18, 2019 at 8:07 am

Fantastic...Castilleja is raising the bar on how we think about the future. I am so impressed that the school put this week together. This is how education can help us raise thoughtful, conscientious and concerned citizens. I commend you, Castilleja!


21 people like this
Posted by AI Dad
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 18, 2019 at 8:49 am

This is exactly the type of multidisciplinary, cutting edge education and engagement that we need for our children, particularly when it comes to such potentially far reaching technologies. Keep up the good work.


25 people like this
Posted by PA resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 18, 2019 at 9:09 am

This is a fantastic article (very well written) and so pleased that Castilleja has taken on AI in such a broad and connected way. It speaks to the depth of planning that went into creating a fascinating week for these young women. This topic is so hot right now both for its benefits and risks. I am pleased that they incorporated every angle. I hope that this approach inspires the PAUSD to introduce some core tech classes that are not necessarily based on coding, but a thorough understanding of how technology impacts our daily lives. There is a petition going around to reinvigorate computer science, technology and Engineering at Paly. Please sign it! Thanks Castilleja for championing this type of learning.


18 people like this
Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 18, 2019 at 9:49 am

60 Minutes did a story this past Sunday on how China is hoping to be the world leader in the field of AI. Their highlighted scientist, deemed the Oracle of AI, was quoted "I believe it's going to change the world more than anything in the history of mankind. More than electricity." Thank you Castilleja for forging the way with a broad and welcoming introduction into AI. Another example of Castilleja's leadership in the community and in education, creating leaders among women, and also setting an example for our public schools to follow.


9 people like this
Posted by Simon Firth
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 18, 2019 at 10:02 am

If you'd like to sign the petition supporting the reinvigoration of the computer science and engineering program at Paly, you can find it here: Web Link


8 people like this
Posted by Cathy Williams
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm

It’s wonderful to see that Castilleja is making an effort to educate their students on the rapidly advancing world of technology. Especially in a world where girls often prefer liberal arts to STEM, it is important that we offer them opportunities to experience the other increasingly relevant side.









2 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm

A self-motivated girl can do STEM. My daughter did.


7 people like this
Posted by Claire Hyatt
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 18, 2019 at 9:46 pm

Will PAUSD schools incorporate this as well? It would be wonderful to introduce our kids to this ❤️


5 people like this
Posted by Russel
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

I hope that this approach inspires the PAUSD to introduce some core tech classes that are not necessarily based on coding, but a thorough understanding of how technology impacts our daily lives Web Link . There is a petition going around to reinvigorate computer science, technology and Engineering at Paly. Please sign it! Web Link Thanks Castilleja for championing this type of learning.


8 people like this
Posted by Mora
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

Great article, thank you for covering Castilleja's global week!


4 people like this
Posted by Palo Alto Dad
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm

Great article! As a computer scientist from Stanford and Google, I believe AI is really changing the world, and every student should get acquainted with AI, even for students who don't want to pursue an engineering degree.
AI will be common knowledge required just as math.

Another AI tool that students may like is Web Link, which uses speech recognition AI to help students to take lecture notes automatically. Some student journalists use this Otter app do their interviews and use the automatic transcripts to help write their articles.


3 people like this
Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 19, 2019 at 7:22 pm

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

Reminds me of a short film I saw a few years ago at a festival about fascist men building robots to replace their wives in our not too distant dystopian future.


2 people like this
Posted by Polly Wanacracker
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 20, 2019 at 10:31 pm

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1 person likes this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 24, 2019 at 9:33 am

One more thing: please refrain from the following stereotyping:
From the article:
“The teams selected specific personality traits and place of residence for their person - such as a quiet and introspective person from the United Kingdom -....”
Huh?
So - if I wrote something like: “a loud and chattering person from Mexico...” you’d be OK with that?
I assure you there are strong leaders, etc. from the UK and everyone is not “quiet.”


1 person likes this
Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 5, 2019 at 11:52 am

Anonymous above, you misunderstood the assignment. The personality traits and country of origin were randomly chosen, separately, from a coin toss. You were just as likely to end up with a "quiet and introspective person" from Mexico as a "loud and chattering person" from the United Kingdom. The characteristics were not paired with region.


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