We are motivated by a foundational—and challenging—question:  How can we promote collaborative and deep conceptual learning for students from all walks of life? We believe rising to this challenge will provide equitable learning experiences that will transform classrooms everywhere.

We are working to develop AI Partners that collaborate with teams of students and their teachers to promote development of AI literacy, STEM competencies, and 21st century learning practices of collaborative problem solving and critical thinking. The AI Partners are co-developed with K–12 teachers, diverse students, parents, and other community stakeholders; continuously improved through classroom design and development studies.


Currently in year three as an Institute, some of our achievements over the past two years are… 

  • Successfully led a design sprint, which resulted in metaphors for our AI Partner that continue to evolve thinking.
  • Developed iSAT technical architecture and implemented a first version AI Partner.
  • Designing a Games Unit that is currently being taught in classrooms, which focuses on teaching AI through investigating causes of racism in gaming and what to do about it. 
  • Have successfully led Learning Futures workshops to engage high-school aged youth to help us understand what students want and need our AI Partners to do. 
  • Have made advances in integration of gesture and content analysis.
  • Successfully created the iSAT Lab, a research space supporting crucial cross-strand collaborations.
  • Building community and capacity for shared governance and leadership.
  • Engaging in hours of classroom data collection, curation and annotation. 
  • Establishing novel prototypes and designing guidelines for student and teacher dashboards.
  • Implementing and expanding the Sensor Immersion curriculum - allowing researchers to observe in the classrooms and collect video and audio data of students working together.

Learn about our mission and how we will make our vision a reality for students, teachers and the community

How We Do It

Over the course of our 5-year project our researchers will address three main challenges, which we call “Strands.” Learn more about our research Strands by following the links below! 

  • Strand 1: We are working to develop new advancements in how machines process human language, gestures and emotions.
  • Strand 2: Our team is striving to better understand how students, AI, and teachers can collaborate effectively in both classrooms and remote learning contexts.
  • Strand 3: We are in classrooms in Denver Public Schools and other school partners—virtually, during the age of COVID-19—working hand-in-hand with students and teachers to think up new technologies.