Accenture creates AI-inspired tutorial to ignite interest in STEM, computer science

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2017 08:59 PM

Accenture, a global professional services company, has created a tutorial inspired by artificial intelligence to enhance digital technology skills and ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses and computer science, the organization said in a statement.

The “Hour of Code” coding tutorial uses a robot powered by artificial intelligence to explore a new planet. 

Accenture said young students will learn about AI techniques by teaching a robot to explore a new planet by recognizing plants and animals, understanding new language and having conversations with other inhabitants.

“Technology is creating jobs that didn’t even exist five years ago and learning to code can transform the trajectory of a student’s life and career,” said Paul Daughtery, Accenture’s ‘chief coder’ and chief technology and innovation officer. 

Accenture partnered with Code.org to help improve students’ coding and computer skills. Accenture Employees around the world including the Philippines pledged to complete 10,000 hours of coding tutorial sessions this year during Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 4 to 10.

The campaign was launched in 2013 by non-profit Code.org and has since completed 450 million hours of tutorials, said Hadi Partovi, the organization's co-founder and CEO.

Melissa Daniel, an elementary school teacher, said skills acquired through the Hour of Code “can lay the foundation for a successful career.”

“Having access to Accenture’s resources is enabling me to help my students become leaders in technology, setting them on the path to eventually working with technology that could someday change the world,” she added. 

Students interested in the program may access the coding tutorial on this website