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Open UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities)
POSITION: RAICA Undergraduate Researcher
START DATE: June 12, 2023
END DATE: August 25, 2023
PAY RATE: $17/hr
RAICA (Responsible AI for Computational Action) designs project-based modules to help students understand the artificial intelligence that is all around them, and empower them to build projects they care about, using AI. To date, RAICA has developed five middle school modules and will be expanding to design high school and elementary school modules. We are part of the MIT RAISE group, with PI’s Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Dr. Hal Abelson, and Dr. Eric Klopfer to design lessons that teach students from around the world about AI and empower them to take responsible computational action.
Up to 3 UROPs will work closely with the curriculum development team to research the current global landscape of elementary school computer science (CS) and technology. How are students currently acquiring technology skills? Where are there opportunities to learn about AI in elementary school? What CS curricula are already being used? What do teachers wish learning about AI looked like in their classroom? Research methods will include surveys, focus groups, and literature, curriculum, and edtech reviews. As part of the research, UROPs may be asked to prototype student projects using different technologies. The final deliverable will be a report in a slide deck with speaker notes.
Valued skills & knowledge
We understand that UROP’s are an opportunity to learn and grow new skills, so while we don’t have a set list of required skills, a combination of some of the skills and knowledge listed below are preferred.
- Teaching experience, especially elementary school-aged children
- Understanding of computational thinking
- Experience with software development and/or AI tools
- Willingness to learn and try new things
Complete this Google form to apply.
Opportunity Dates: June 5 – September 1st, 2023
Rate: $16 per hour