Unplugged Activities in the Context of AI

  • Annabel LindnerEmail author
  • Stefan Seegerer
  • Ralf Romeike
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11913)


Due to its great importance in the media, the start-up world and the political discussion, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly relevant as a topic for schools. Until now, approaches to making AI tangible for students without actually programming an AI system have been rare. To address this circumstance, a teaching sequence of unplugged activities about AI has been developed and is presented. AI Unplugged provides CS Unplugged activities that present the ideas and concepts of computer science without using computers. The activities shed light on important concepts of AI and make it possible to convey the central ideas of artificial intelligence to the students. In addition, they offer starting points for discussing social issues around AI. This article describes the activities and their theoretical background, outlines a possible course of instruction, and describes practical experiences with AI Unplugged.


Artificial intelligence CS Unplugged Machine learning Teaching activities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annabel Lindner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stefan Seegerer
    • 1
  • Ralf Romeike
    • 2
  1. 1.Computing Education Research GroupFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Computing Education Research GroupFreie UniversitätBerlinGermany

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