8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
14-18 yrs old
Climate & Environment
Introduction to AI concepts, Lesson 1
November 6, 2020
Lesson 1 Educator Guide
Lesson 1 Minecraft World
Tell the students: they are stationed in the middle of a savannah, in a research outpost. This research output has been setup as a part of a biodiversity study. Where the goal is to track and monitor the population and movements of ocelots. The study is utilizing the power of AI to recognize the different ocelots and keep track of them in real time. In this lesson we will be utilizing semi-supervised machine learning to recognize the different patterns on the ocelot’s coats, as each ocelot has its’ own unique pattern. Similar to a fingerprint.
A partner called Wild Me is using AI to keep track of endangered animals for conservation purposes. They have different Wildbooks for different animals, where people can report animal sightings using pictures. Some of the Wildbooks are listed below:
Jaguar Wildbook: https://jaguar.wildbook.org/
Zebra Wildbook: https://zebra.wildbook.org/
Wildbook for Whale Sharks: https://www.whaleshark.org/
ACTIVITIES: 30 minutes
Activity 1: Into the bush.
Activity 2: Patterns, patterns, patterns…
Activity 3: Professional tracker.
Activity 4: Who is that ocelot?
LESSON CONCLUSION: 5 minutes
Ask the students about the concepts that they have learned during the lesson.
1. What other animals could the AI developed in the lesson be used with?
Answer: The AI could be configured to work with any animal that has its own distinct markings. A zebra for example.
2. How does tracking a specific animal species help in its’ conservation efforts?
Answer: By tracking a specific animal species we can study its’ behaviours such as, movement, migration, and population. Which ultimately leads to more effective understanding of the animal’s habits conservation, assisting conservation efforts.
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