COMPUTER SCIENCE WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOL CLASSES

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Talk, think and act like a robot

Description

This workshop explores algorithms, coding and robotics in order to compare how humans and robots act or react. The hands-on activities allow pupils to answer questions such as: What makes robots different from humans? Do robots think differently than humans? How can we interact with robots?

Learning objectives

This 3-hour workshop is designed for classes of 7e and 6e (12 to 14 years old) and explores the following themes:

  • Talk like a robot
    Participants discover the history of computers and code, learn more about code development and do a series of plugged and unplugged exercises
  • Think like a robot
    Participants learn about different type of algorithms, how they can be used in our daily life to solve different kind of problems and what is the link with artificial intelligence.
  • Act like a robot
    Participants explore how to make a robot walk through hands-on experiments, explore the idea of self-consciousness and expression of emotions in a robot and reflect on concrete applications for robots

Location

The workshops in computer science take place in the Maison du Savoir (MSA) on Campus Belval. Please wait in the lobby, we will pick you up from there.

If you arrive by car or coach, take the A4 and keep it until the end, then follow the signs towards “Belval”. On the campus, there are no signs to indicate the way to Maison du Savoir. Please use the map below to find your way.

If you arrive by train, the stop is “Belval Université”. Our building is 10 minutes away from the train station by foot. There are also several buses that you can take to arrive on the campus.


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Art and Artificial Intelligence

Description

After a short introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), its role in our daily lives and scientific research currently done on the topic, pupils discover that this technology can be used to create works of art.
They first learn how to design an unplugged AI, from collecting and preparing the data to training and finally evaluating the AI. They then use computer programming to produce drawings. The participants have some time to explore by themselves the possibilities offered by these new tools and will then be able to continue practicing at home. Through presentations and hands-on activities, this workshop highlights the importance of data and how it can be used to train intelligent machines, and let the participants form their own opinion on AI. The workshop also invites them to reflect on questions such as: Can intelligent machines perform art? Does computer science involve or even require creativity?

Learning objectives

The workshop covers among others the following topics and activities:

  • State of art in artificial intelligence
  • Design of an unplugged AI
  • Art experiments with AI
  • Introduction to coding in Java for processing
  • General coding notions such as variables, functions, conditions, loops, etc.

This 3 hours workshop is suited for pupils from 5e or 4e (14 to 16 years old).
No prior knowledge of coding or computer science needed.

Location

The workshops in computer science take place in the Maison du Savoir (MSA) on Campus Belval.  Please wait in the lobby, we will pick you up from there.

If you arrive by car or coach, take the A4 and keep it until the end, then follow the signs towards “Belval”. On the campus, there are no signs to indicate the way to Maison du Savoir. Please use the map below to find your way.

If you arrive by train, the stop is “Belval Université”. Our building is 10 minutes away from the train station by foot. There are also several buses that you can take to arrive on the campus.

 


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Are computers blind?

Description

After a brief introduction to the state of art of computer vision, the class will get a clear picture of what a computer actually sees. How is a digital image created and processed by a computer? You will then dive into the basics of computer vision to understand how a computer could recognize a number in an image by looking for some of its characteristics (or features). This will lead to the use of neural networks in the field of computer vision. A simple yet accurate explanation of neural networks such as perceptrons, convolutional neural networks and Haar features will be provided.

The hands-on experiments are designed to visually understand the science behind computer vision without any mathematical knowledge required. The students will also experience a live neural network to fully embrace the concept and interactively participate in the process.

Learning objectives

The workshop will provide the following informations to the class

  • Introduced to the state of art of computer vision
  • Knowledge on digital images (binary, greyscale and colored image)
  • Understanding of the basics of neural networks and perceptrons
  • Basic knowledge of computer vision

This 3 hour workshop is suited for pupils from 6e or above (13 years or more).
Higher classes (3e to 1e) will receive a more advanced version of the content.

Location

The workshops in computer science take place in the Maison du Savoir (MSA) on Campus Belval.  Please wait in the lobby, we will pick you up from there.

If you arrive by car or coach, take the A4 and keep it until the end, then follow the signs towards “Belval”. On the campus, there are no signs to indicate the way to Maison du Savoir. Please use the map below to find your way.

If you arrive by train, the stop is “Belval Université”. Our building is 10 minutes away from the train station by foot. There are also several buses that you can take to arrive on the campus.

 


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