Ma­chines learn math at Get with the Pro­gram

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Keith Reynolds

“This is a good way to re­in­force crit­i­cal think­ing and prob­lem­solv­ing skills, and so we teach more to that than ac­tual po­si­tion ti­tles.”

School­child­ren from around Lo­rain County learned about ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence Oct. 12 at the Get with the Pro­gram Ma­chine Learn­ing pre­sen­ta­tion in Oberlin.

About 50 par­tic­i­pants learned how to cre­ate a chat­bot com­puter pro­gram ca­pa­ble of solv­ing any math equa­tion as well as some con­cepts that in­form that field of study at Oberlin Col­lege.

Ja­son Wil­liams, founder and CEO of Get with the Pro­gram, has used the events for the past three years to teach chil­dren, and get them ex­cited about, STEM fields.

STEM stands for science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math, a field that Wil­liams said al­ready makes up a large pro­por­tion of new jobs be­ing cre­ated.

Get with the Pro­gram uses a two-pronged ap­proach to get stu­dents ex­cited about learn­ing, and that was on dis­play at the Ma­chine Learn­ing pre­sen­ta­tion.

Just af­ter lunch, dur­ing the day-long ses­sion, older stu­dents started de­sign­ing the chat­bots and test­ing them with var­i­ous equa­tions.

Mean­while, out­side, the younger stu­dents were learn­ing about prob­a­bil­i­ties by play­ing a game where they were tasked with run­ning be­tween dif­fer­ent sheets of pa­per printed with the num­bers found on a six-sided die while an­other stu­dent rolled an over­sized die.

Those stand­ing by the

— Ja­son Wil­liams, founder and CEO of Get with the Pro­gram

num­ber rolled were “out.”

Wil­liams said these skills are im­por­tant in get­ting jobs.

“This is a good way to re­in­force crit­i­cal think­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing skills, and so we teach more to that than ac­tual po­si­tion ti­tles,” he said. “Ten to 15 years ago, there was no such thing as a mo­bile web de­vel­oper, no so­cial me­dia man­ager. And 10 to 15 years from now, there’s no telling what’s go­ing to be there.

“So, it’s more so teach­ing them how to think and how to solve prob­lems. So, what­ever their ti­tle is in the fu­ture, they’ll need those ba­sic prob­lem solv­ing and crit­i­cal think­ing skills.”

KEITH REYNOLDS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Stu­dents cre­ate a chat­bot which can solve any math equa­tion, Oct. 12 at Get with the Pro­gram at Oberlin Col­lege.

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