AISG at CTE-STEM Conference 2021

Growing Singapore’s AI talent pool has always been one of the missions of AI Singapore, and supporting Students and Teachers in AI education is a great way of ensuring that. 

From the 2nd to 4th of June, the fifth APSCE International Conference on Computational Thinking and STEM Education(CTE-STEM) 2021 was held virtually by National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. International speakers were present at this online conference to share about the various aspects of computational thinking in education. AI Singapore was also honoured to speak about Intergenerational Learning with AI for Kids (AI4K)®.

Held in tandem with the CTE-STEM 2021 Conference was the BuildingBloCS (BBCS) High School Computing Conference 2021, supported by AI Singapore. The BBCS High School Computing Conference is part of the Computing Education Outreach Programme organised by A-level and Integrated Programme (IP) Computing Students for all students interested in Computing and AI. The theme for this year’s BBCS High School Computing was Computation Thinking and AI Education, and the students had a series of workshops and talks, including a speech from AI Singapore.

AIWinpetition participants gathered for a group photo.

One of the highlights of the 3-day conference was the AIWinpetition, in which participants from various secondary schools, junior colleges and polytechnics took part. They had to work in groups to ideate and create a prototype of an AI application. The teams submitted an ideation write-up for each day of the competition and on the last day, a video pitch and prototypes were submitted. To encourage students of different skill levels to participate equally in this Winpetition, both code and no-code prototypes were considered during the judging process. A total of three Judges’ Choice Awards and one AISG Honourable Mentions Award were given out during this Winpetition.

Students using computer vision to create animation.

All in all, even without much coding experience, the AI Winpetition was very fun and manageable. I would highly recommend it to students who have an interest in computing, even for those who have little to no knowledge of programming, as there are a lot of introductory courses that will get you on your feet.

– Testimony from one of the participants

AI Singapore is proud to support Singaporean educators and students and will continue to innovate in terms of activities and initiatives to increase students’ and educators’ exposure to AI and to increase the AI talent pool in Singapore.