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New storybook by AI Singapore to help lower primary school children learn about AI

AI Singapore (AISG) today announced the launch of a storybook, Daisy and her AI Friends, which introduces basic artificial intelligence (AI) concepts like computer vision and machine learning, to children aged between seven and eight years old in a fun and easy-to-understand way.

Launched by Minister of State for Education and Manpower, Ms Gan Siow Huang, the storybook marks another milestone of the AI for Kids (AI4K)® programme, which previously groomed teachers and parent volunteers to conduct AI enrichment classes for upper primary school children.

Koo Sengmeng, Senior Deputy Director of AI Innovation at AI Singapore said, “AI is one of the most transformative technologies for the past decade and Singapore recognises it as an important enabler of our Smart Nation vision. It is never too early to introduce and demystify AI to our younger generation. This storybook expands AISG’s generational AI capabilities development efforts to groom national AI literacy for all, and we hope the book will kickstart the learning journey for the child and parents alike.” 


Creating a book that makes AI relatable

The 40-page storybook follows the story of Daisy as she finds her way around the school campus on her first day of class. Along the way, she enlists the help of new friends who embody basic AI concepts such as computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning. Daisy eventually locates her classroom, thanks to the abilities of her friends.


Work on the book started in April 2021 with a storybook character design competition for primary school children. It received over 230 submissions and 10 finalists’ designs were chosen. These designs were then brought to life in the storybook by a local student from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts to accompany the storyline developed by AISG.


Making AI literacy accessible to everyone

Members of the public can borrow Daisy and her AI Friends in hard copy at the public libraries or access the digital copy via National Library Board and AISG’s LearnAI website.

To commemorate the launch, Meta has sponsored the first print run of 10,000 copies which will be distributed to low-income families by AISG to ensure equitable opportunities for everyone in Singapore to learn about AI. These families are beneficiaries of the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Community Link programme as well as TOUCH Community Services, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan amongst others. AISG looks forward to working with more like-minded grassroots and community partners to widen the distribution of the storybook to more beneficiaries.

Plans are also underway for a roadshow featuring the storybook’s concept art and storyboard at selected public libraries from 1 April 2022. More details would be available via AISG’s social media channels at a later date.

More information on the (AI4K)® programme can be found here.


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