KAUST Academy hosts the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Young People (WAICY) 2022

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World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Young People (WAICY) 2022

“WAICY introduces students to the world of AI, a subject that is the most important force for change today, but is rarely taught in K-12 grades. Carnegie Mellon University hosted the first WAICY, and it is an honor to partner with KAUST Academy to celebrate the fifth WAICY.”

The World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Young People (WAICY), in partnership with KAUST Academy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has announced that WAICY 2022 will be hosted by KAUST Academy. The 5th Annual WAICY Celebration features learners from around the world and their AI projects. This year will be WAICY’s 5th year, and the committee is expecting submissions from students around the world, including the United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Indonesia, members of the European Union, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, among many other countries.

The partnership helps showcase the ambitious work in AI and AI education of educators and scientists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and dedicated students and faculty at KAUST Academy. Additionally, this partnership highlights the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals of a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation.

“Through the KAUST Academy, KAUST is playing its part in helping to achieve the ambitious goals of Vision 2030 and transforming the Kingdom into a knowledge-based economy. Artificial intelligence is one of the main objectives of the Academy, and hosting WAICY at KAUST allows us to nurture the youth and train future generations of the Kingdom,” says Dr. Sultan Albarakati, Director of KAUST Academy.

Since 2018, WAICY has been spotlighting children’s AI projects around the world. The competition asks students to demonstrate “hard” technical skills in coding and artificial intelligence while encouraging a STEAM approach to AI by engaging the creative nature of children, including stage design and creation. In addition, ‘soft’ skills such as public speaking and the ability to answer questions from a jury are developed in preparation for the annual event. There have been over 5,000 submissions over the four years the event has been held. WAICY’s hybrid format introduced during the pandemic also allows more students to participate through online submissions and events. In 2021, entries were submitted by participants from more than 30 countries.

“WAICY introduced students to the world of AI, a subject that is the most important force for change today, but rarely taught in K-12 grades. Carnegie Mellon University hosted the first WAICY, and it is an honor to partner with KAUST Academy to celebrate the fifth WAICY.” says Roozbeh Aliabadi, member of the WAICY 2022 Organizing Committee and CEO of ReadyAI.

“Entries will be judged by expert judges in areas such as AI, robotics and education. The rubric is designed to give equal importance to non-technical aspects such as design and project-based learning, as well as coding. The teams with the highest overall scores were selected to win gold, silver and bronze medals in each age category. Additionally, categorical awards, Big Five, Visual Design, Audio Design, Theme/Message, Preparation and Delivery, were awarded to the teams that achieved the highest scores in each category. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. » Andrew Chen, organizer and judge of WAICY 2022.

Submission details, additional information, rubrics, previous sample entries, and students discussing their WAICY experiences can be found at http://www.waicy.org. While you’re at it, explore the three ways to approach a project submission: artwork-based, program-based, and AI-powered bot-based.

About WAICY: Since 2018, the Global Artificial Intelligence Youth Competition has inspired students around the world to learn and use AI to solve real-world problems. WAICY intends to bring AI to students around the world to spark creative, hands-on demonstrations of the technology that can ultimately shape our future. http://www.waicy.org

About KAUST Academy: KAUST Academy supports the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 with world-class excellence in blended learning for higher education. KAUST Academy facilitates the integration of lifelong learning ethics into the blended learning design and development process. This directly supports the development of a knowledge and skills based society for Vision 2030 and beyond for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Academy.kaust.edu.sa

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