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Building an artificial intelligence-enabled robot

An artist's concept of Canadarm3, Canada's smart robotic system, located on the exterior of the Gateway
An artist's concept of Canadarm3's large arm on the Lunar Gateway. (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA)

About the initiatives

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction, and robotics is one of the fields most strongly influenced by AI.

The Canadian Space Agency is providing funding for two projects related to robotics and AI for young people to learn about smart robots and using the principles of AI to prepare them for a future driven by AI and machine learning.

Because our country is an emerging leader in AI, more of our future jobs will involve AI. Initiatives like this can prepare youth to succeed in an increasingly automated world.

Canada is also a leader in space robotics, which is advancing to include autonomous operations. For example, the Lunar Gateway's Canadarm3 will be able to maintain itself in space thanks to these advances.

Code in the Stars

Kids Code Jeunesse in collaboration with steamlabs and Western University
10-15 years old

Have your students design a smart lunar robot to help the astronauts with their exploration of the moon. Submit these ideas below to qualify for a 5-day residency for your classroom led by STEAM experts. The residency will focus on coding, artificial intelligence and robotics, and will be held in the spring of virtually or in-person depending on location.

Space STEM Activities for Lunar Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Western Space in collaboration with Western Engineering, Mission Control Space Services Inc., Ingenium, steamlabs and Exploring by the Seat of your Pants
Grades 6 to 12

This project delivers interactive experiences to youth across all Canadian provinces and territories through multiple streams: an educational and interactive website, an adaptation of the Mission Control Academy, in-class workshops and activities, virtual presentations, teacher training workshops, and camp programs. These hands-on learning experiences will educate youth on the use of AI-enabled robotics such as machine learning, career options in AI, and the development of robotic arm missions.

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