AI: Artificial Intelligence @ Quest Academy & the Microsoft Collaboration
Quest Academy is excited to announce an exclusive partnership with Microsoft to develop an exceptional, forward-thinking Artificial Intelligence curriculum for our students in first through eighth grades. It is an honor to be the only elementary/middle school in the nation to have this opportunity to work with Microsoft.
Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is revolutionizing how we interact with the world around us, specifically as it pertains to the technology we encounter everyday. Inspired by this ever-changing landscape, Quest Academy has embraced the philosophy of “learning today, leading tomorrow” to ensure that tomorrow’s leaders are indeed equipped to be AI changemakers.
Partnering with Microsoft and the AI Country Plan effort, Quest has a vision to implement a robust AI curriculum during the 2019-2020 school year with the goal of developing “knowledgeable and responsible users and creators of AI.” This collaboration between the two leaders in their respective fields developed over several months before the initial launch meeting in March 2019 when the Microsoft team met with the Quest Academy AI team. Since then, the AI infused curriculum has evolved to include content and resources provided by Microsoft and features an emphasis on the values espoused by Microsoft on the topics of ethics, fairness, inclusivity, security & reliability, and safety & privacy, trust, and transparency.
“Partnering with Microsoft has provided the Quest Academy AI Curriculum Team with a solid foundation of concepts upon which we are designing our program,” said Jacque Negus, Quest Academy’s Head of School. “Our knowledge of the gifted child and gifted curricula, coupled with Microsoft’s research on Artificial Intelligence, affords us a perfect opportunity to develop an AI curricula for twenty first century learners.”