AI and Machine Learning for High School Students: What you should know

Updated: Sep 2, 2021


High school is a great time to pursue one’s passions, develop unique skills, solutions, and innovations, and explore career futures. Artificial Intelligence is an emerging technology that is being adopted in every industry from finance to medicine, to fishery. High School students can use AI and machine learning to solve problems, create new products, launch non-profits, and startup companies to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills, and more. In this blog post, we cover our experiences with helping high school students excel using AI and answer common questions that students and parents have about what to do and how to get started.


What is AI for High School vs Machine Learning for High School?


If you are just getting started you may notice that some people talk about AI for High School while some talk about Machine Learning for High School. What is the difference between these terms? Artificial intelligence refers to a collection of technologies that all help computers do things that come easily to the human brain (like recognizing images, forming strategies, and so on). Machine Learning is a subset of Artificial Intelligence and is also a collection of techniques (such as recognizing patterns, making forecasts, etc.). From a high school student's perspective, these are interchangeable terms. As you learn more about AI, you will be able to identify specific techniques and which techniques are good for which problems.


What AI projects can I do in High School?


There is a very wide range of AI projects that high school students can do. With an 8th grade knowledge of algebra, you know enough to understand the b