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Amazon Future Engineer “Day of AI” with the Alexa Skills Inventor Program

This year, Amazon Future Engineer is participating in MIT RAISE's “Day of AI ”- a free K-12 program to provide educators and students worldwide with the AI literacy they need to start to navigate today’s AI-driven world. MIT RAISE has developed lesson plans for teachers in all grades and subject areas that explore the world of AI. We encourage you to explore the entire curriculum, and we’ve provided one lesson that dives deep into our favorite product - Amazon Alexa!

In the Alexa Skills Inventor lesson, students learn the basics of voice AI and how to code their own Alexa Skills! With the Alexa Skills Inventor program on MIT’s App Inventor platform, students will use block code to code Alexa to say “Hello, Moon!” and create a Random Space Fact Generator. Students will also hear from Amazon experts and develop a deeper understanding of the mechanics that power Alexa including natural language understanding, machine learning, and more. No Amazon devices are required.

“But I don’t know anything about computer science or AI?” No problem! That’s the point! 😊 The Alexa Skills Inventor lesson was designed for any US high school student (ages 14+)! You’ll be able to download everything you need – slide deck, lesson plan, worksheet, and videos. You’ll also have the option to complete Teacher Training for an additional Amazon Gift Card. All you need is a Chrome internet browser and the desire to learn and have fun!

Complete the “Day of AI” with the Alexa Skills Inventor program with at least 20 high school students, submit a feedback form, and if approved, you’ll receive a $200 DonorsChoose gift code within three weeks. Amazon Future Engineer will use all feedback to guide the creation of future activities with the Alexa Skills Inventor program and for the Day of AI.

To be eligible for this award, you need to:

  1. Teach high school students.
  2. Sign up for the Alexa Skills Inventor program here. Once you create a Teacher Account, you’ll be able to create Student Accounts and review provided lesson plan materials.
  3. Optional: Complete Teacher Training with Amazon Future Engineer prior to the Day of AI. You’ll receive an additional Amazon Gift Card and a certificate of PD completion. Sign up here.
  4. Teach the Day of AI with the Alexa Skills Inventor Lesson (created by our partner ProjectSTEM) with at least 20 high school students. In order to be considered for the reward, all students must code on the platform and if students need to share devices, there should be a maximum of two students per device. Review these lesson materials below or use links provided in the MIT App Inventor Platform.
    • Required: Use the provided lesson plan and slide deck. You can choose to use the student worksheet if you’d like, also.
    • Optional: Celebrate and share the opportunity on social media with #AmazonFutureEngineer #AlexaSkillsInventor!
  5. Tell us how it went by completing this feedback form. Your responses will be shared with the Amazon Future Engineer team.

We will review your responses, and if your form is approved, you’ll be emailed your $200 DonorsChoose gift code within three weeks.

Per our Terms of Use, teachers are expected to submit Classroom Reward responses representative of their own classroom students. A violation of this expectation is subject to action and review by DonorsChoose and may result in terminating your use of the site.

Please note, you will only be able to submit this form once. Our team is unable to make any changes or edits to your responses. Once you have submitted, you will not be able to retake the survey, and our team won't be able to re-open it for you. Also, this opportunity is only available to a select group of teachers, please do not share this link with your colleagues.

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