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Artificial Intelligence

Author: Henry Brook
Lower Age: 8+
Price: $8.99
Year Added: 2018
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Artificial Intelligence, by Usborne Publishing, is a book that offers a look into the exciting world of automation encourages children to learn more about the exciting nature of intelligent machines along with providing them the background information necessary to have a fundamental grasp of the topic. This book allows the reader to explore engineering thinking from the earliest stages by understanding and learning more about the problems, all the way through to testing, revising and analyzing solutions to understand why they are an appropriate fit. These are essential principles in the world of engineering and this book encourages them early to the reader as each milestone in artificial intelligence progress is explained with the importance of these criteria.


This gift provides readers with a very holistic (and optimistic) overview of the rise of artificial intelligence in everyday life. It explains how machines evolved, and discusses the need for increased automation and artificial intelligence, in addition to presenting how these concepts are being explored. It also serves well to explain how the benefits of these technologies outweigh the possible drawbacks, and why artificial intelligence is just the next step in computing pioneer excellence. This gift is a good introduction for young learners to both the development of these technologies, and the design necessary to bring these innovations further into the 21st Century.  


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: define a problem, learn about the problem, idea generation, create a prototype or process, apply science knowledge           

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: a problem to be solved, a user, criteria, constraints

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: computational thinking, creative thinking, programming/coding, working collaboratively, design, problem solving, and iterative design

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    • Rating: 3.7 out of 5.0
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      • I found this gift to be good because I think it provides a very holistic and optimistic overview of the rise of artificial intelligence.