Dubai: Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve real-life problems has become part of the UAE education system, the Minister of Education said on the sidelines of the ‘First Global Challenge 2019’ in Dubai on Saturday.
Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi said students in grades 11 and 12, in schools following the ministry’s curriculum, “tackle real-life problems with their solutions and innovations” learned through the ‘Creative Design and Innovation’ subject, which teaches AI and related sciences.
His comments came against the backdrop of the Challenge at Festival Arena, where over 1,500 students from 191 countries are competing to convince judges that their AI-powered robot would be the most efficient in cleaning up pollutants from the oceans.
Al Hammadi told Gulf News the UAE regards AI as an essential subject, the idea and elements of which are taught since kindergarten through the ‘Design and Technology’ subject. Students learn the basics of coding “and start thinking about solving [real-life] problems”.