Synerise has announced the details of AI Schools & Academy, launched together with its corporate and educational partners. On 28 June at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, the Lead Partner, the operational framework and details of the schedule of the first pilot edition of the program were presented.
On the last Friday in June, the conference space at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw was filled with educational innovators. Synerise, along with its main and supporting partners, presented the operational details of the AI Schools & Academy for the 2019/2020 school yeear to the assembled directors and teachers of schools and kindergartens.
The AI Schools & Academy program, introduced by Synerise in December of 2018, has registered over 300 schools that will participate. They will send 500 teams made up of students wanting to get acquainted with the concepts of Artificial Intelligence. During the conference, the Lead Partner was also announced as the Information Society Development Foundation (Fundacja Rozwoju Społeczeństwa Informacyjnego). Over the past weeks, its representatives, in cooperation with Synerise and other partners, have been working on the preparation of the content of educational materials to be used.
Together with the Information Society Development Foundation, we developed the assumptions of the program. In the next stage, our experts will develop more detailed syllabuses and didactic materials based on PBL methodology, focusing on solving problems.
Jerzy Bielecki, AI Schools Program Coordinator at Synerise
The development of technology based on artificial intelligence creates many new possibilities. It's important to us that Polish teachers and students, uniquely in the world, have an opportunity to learn in the most comfortable and effective way possible.
Mariusz Boguszewski, main specialist from the Information Society Development Foundation.
The program will administered on three levels:
- Young – Grades 1-3 primary schools (10 x 45 min.)
- Intermediate - Grades 4-6 primary schools (20 x 45 min.)
- Master: Grades 7-8 in primary and post-elementary schools (40 x 45 min and 60 x 45 minutes of extracurricular activities).
The lessons will allow students to develop their skills, broaden the range of interest in modern technologies, and help the teaching staff to develop their competences. The establishments will receive access to a broad knowledge base and materials, online courses and a targeted subsidy for starting additional classes.
Teachers will be trained in the blended learning formula and will be financially rewarded on a monthly basis for the classes. The creators of the program, together with their partners, have decided to allocate additional funds for prizes for the best classes and students. There are also scholarships for the best implemenation of the AI Schools academy.
The next stage of the program will consist of training sessions for teachers in September of 2019. Teaching activities with students will start in October of 2019 and will last until June of 2020.
The main partners of the program are: EY, IDC, Microsoft and PEKAO SA. The initiative was additionally supported by the Polish Development Fund, Carrefour, CCC, eobuwie.pl, PZU, Media Expert, Orange Foundation, Oriflame and Żabka Polska.