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Online technology course for children aged 9-12 - Artificial Intelligence

Run by Fire Tech
We are pleased to offer a new online course in Artificial Intelligence for Skylarks children with additional needs. These courses may be particularly suitable for children with high functioning autism or Aspergers. They are open to all children with any additional needs from any borough who would enjoy learning more about technology and are able to use a computer or laptop at home.

This course is now full. If you are interested you can put your child's name on the waiting list here:

The course will take place by Zoom. These courses are being provided for us by Fire Tech, who are registered with OFSTED. All tutors are DBS checked and sessions are recorded for safeguarding purposes. You can read more about the organisation here:
Course: Artificial Intelligence, suitable for children and young people from 9 - 12 years old
Course provider: Fire Tech


On this course your child or young person will create a home of the future using Artificial Intelligence (AI), program an autonomous vehicle to avoid pedestrians and objects on the road, and use IBM Watson to build a series of AI models that can recognize a celebrity Twitter account based on their tweets.

This course does more than teach the fundamentals of AI. It also explores issues of computer bias, ethics and the moral dilemmas programmers face when using AI. This is the ideal course to spark interest in this important and dynamic technological field, and will inspire students to continue their learning journey in AI. 

AI is becoming an integral part of our lives, evolving and developing faster than we think. It’s being used in medicine to spot cancer cells, courtrooms to help determine the risk of criminals re-offending, and in the creative fields to create new art from analysing music from composers like Brahms. PwC estimates AI deployment will add $15.7 trillion to global GDP by 2030.

This course will take place during the summer holidays, from Monday 2nd August to Friday 6th August, from 5.30pm to 7pm every day for one week.

Course topic: Junior AI
Age group: 9-12 years old
Dates: Monday 2nd to Friday 6th of August
Time: each day from 5.30pm to 7pm

There are 5 sessions in total.
Please note: this is a 5 day course and your child needs to be able to attend all 5 sessions. If your child cannot attend all 5 sessions, please do not book them in but wait until we are running another course.
There is a limited number of places on this course, so if it is full, you can put your child's name on the waiting list. We will be running more courses again.
After booking with Skylarks, parents will be sent a link to register with Fire Tech. This is your opportunity to let Fire Tech know about their child’s additional needs and any adaptations that may help your child. A phone call can be arranged with Fire Tech if necessary. All Fire Tech trainers are aware of our children’s needs and have been asked to deliver the course at a slower pace, to repeat instructions as required and to provide written materials in advance where possible.
Parents will receive an invitation to log into a virtual classroom a few days before the course starts. The setup information will be already posted in the classroom when you login for the first time. The Zoom link to the first session will be posted a few hours before the first session.
Course description:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hottest topic in tech. Learners will build AI models to control autonomous vehicles and smart homes, and try to predict a movie’s success based on its poster. The ideal course to inspire further learning in AI.
 Here is a sample video of a group presenting their work:
You will need a laptop with videocam. One from the last 5 years is usually fine, but you can read more about the set up requirements here:
You will need to agree with our safeguarding procedures. These are:
I understand that I must be present in the room with my child during all Skylarks live online sessions
I understand that my child/ren must be fully dressed and that I must not record, photograph or video any Skylarks live online sessions
I understand that I must not share any Zoom passwords
I will report any safeguarding or welfare concerns to Skylarks staff or to the appropriate authorities

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