Calvert Marine Museum Receives National Grant from University of Florida
SALOMONS, Md. – A team from the University of Florida and the Calvert Marine Museum recently received $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to teach middle school students and teachers artificial intelligence using fossil shark teeth ! One of the main goals of the grant is to provide students with the confidence and skills to pursue careers in science and computer science by introducing them to the fundamental concepts of machine learning at a young age.
Shark teeth will serve as a charismatic hook to engage students and, with their relatively simple morphology, are ideal for identification using machine learning. Part of the grant will allow the Florida Museum and the Calvert Marine Museum to digitize their research collections, making them accessible for use in these machine learning models trained using 2D images. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to explore authentic research questions by creating models of increasing complexity with real fossil teeth.
Read more about the project in the Florida Museum press release: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/earth-systems/blog/uf-earns-grant-to-teach-middle-schoolers-about-shark-teeth-using-ai/.
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