Win a copy of my “Machine Learning for Kids” book

I’m running a competition to win a copy of my book, “Machine Learning for Kids”.

I mentioned a few months ago that I’ve written a book: “Machine Learning for Kids“.

I’ve got some spare copies of it that need a good home, so I thought it might be fun to run a competition!

I’ve got five copies that I’m going to give away in this competition.



To enter, I’m looking for new ideas for teaching children about AI and machine learning.

This could be an idea for a new machine learning project worksheet. You can see machinelearningforkids.co.uk/worksheets for examples of the sorts of thing this could cover. You could contribute a new worksheet, or if you’d prefer, you can just explain your idea for a new project worksheet and what students would learn from it.

This can include an idea for a new feature or capability on the Machine Learning for Kids website. You could contribute a design for the new capability, or you can just explain how it would work and what students would learn from it.

To take part, email your ideas to competition@machinelearningforkids.co.uk by 4th June 2021.

I’ll choose my five favourite ideas, and post a free paperback copy of my book to each of the five winners.

Full details and terms below, but please note the really big one: UK residents only, please. Sorry, but I don’t want to get into international shipping – so please only enter if you’ve got a UK address I could post a book to!


How to enter

  • This competition is free to enter. No purchase is necessary to enter the competition. No registration to the Machine Learning for Kids website is required to enter the competition.
  • To enter the competition, email your submission to competition@machinelearningforkids.co.uk
  • By emailing the competition email address, entrants indicate their agreement to be bound by these terms, including their permission for their entry to be used in the Machine Learning for Kids website.
  • Closing date for entries is 11:59pm (BST) on Friday 4th June 2021.
  • This competition is no way sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with IBM, No Starch Press, or any other organisation that I am involved with.

Submissions

  • Submissions must include an idea for use on Machine Learning for Kids.
  • Submissions can be an idea for a new project worksheet that demonstrates an aspect of machine learning (see https://machinelearningforkids.co.uk/worksheets for examples or ideas). The submission does not have to include a worksheet written in full, but should explain enough of the idea to make it clear what the project will include, what students will make, and what they will learn.
  • Alternatively, submissions can be an idea for a new feature or capability on the Machine Learning for Kids website. The submission does not have to include an implementation of the new feature, but should explain enough of the idea to make it clear how the new feature will work, how students will use it, and what they will learn from it.
  • Submissions can be made in any format you like – be creative! This includes plain text, PDF documents, Microsoft Office documents, Scratch sb3 project files, or video.
  • If your submission file is large, I recommend using a free web-based file transfer service, to avoid problems with large email attachments – and emailing the link or details for how to access the submission to competition@machinelearningforkids.co.uk . Doing this is a suggestion, and not a requirement of the competition.
  • I cannot accept any responsibility for entries that are not received – including (but not limited to) email problems with large attachments, sorry!
  • Multiple entries per person are acceptable, as long as each submission contains a different idea.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to residents in the UK aged 18 or over.
  • Submissions written by children and students aged under 18 are very welcome, but should be submitted on their behalf by someone over 18.
  • Group submissions are welcome, but a winning submission will only receive a single prize, sent to the UK postal address requested by the submitter.

Selection of the winner

  • Winners will be chosen by judging of the submissions by Dale Lane, based on the creativity and originality of submissions and the potential to teach children something about the use or behaviour of machine learning technologies.
  • Dale’s decision regarding winners (or any other aspect of this competition) is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

Prize

Claiming the prize

  • Five selected winners will be contacted by email within 3 days of Saturday 5th June 2021.
  • If you are a winner, you must claim the prize by replying to this email within 28 days. In your reply, you must provide a postal address where you would like the book to be sent.
  • The prize will be sent to winners by second class UK post, using details provided by you. I cannot send prizes to addresses outside of the UK.
  • If you do not reply within 28 days, or if you cannot provide a UK postal address, I reserve the right to select an alternate winner.
  • Prizes will be posted within 14 days of winners providing an address to send them to. I cannot accept any responsibility for the time taken for the prize to arrive once posted.

Usage of submissions

  • Winners agree to the use of their competition submission entry being used in publicity about the competition. Winners will be asked if they are willing to have their name included in this (and are free to decline this and for their submission to remain anonymous).
  • All submissions (whether or not they are selected as winners) may be used on the Machine Learning for Kids website (https://machinelearningforkids.co.uk). They may be modified, including being combined with other related competition entries, without permission or consent from competition entrants.
  • Project worksheet idea submissions (whether or not they are selected as winners) may be published on the Machine Learning for Kids website (https://machinelearningforkids.co.uk/worksheets). Entrants will asked if they would like their name mentioned on the worksheet as a contributor (and are free to decline this and for their submission to remain anonymous).
  • Worksheets published on Machine Learning for Kids (including worksheets derived from or including aspects from competition submissions) include a Creative Commons license, and as such may be reproduced, modified or otherwise used by other people without discussion with Dale Lane or the competition entrants.
  • Ideas for features or changes to the Machine Learning for Kids website (https://machinelearningforkids.co.uk) may or may not be used, whether or not they are selected as winners. Ideas may be modified, including being combined with ideas from other competition entrants, without permission or consent from competition entrants. Source code for the website is published on GitHub at https://github.com/IBM/taxinomitis and as such may be reused by other people without discussion with Dale Lane or the competition entrants.
  • I cannot make any guarantee when or if any submissions (including winning submissions) will be used or published.

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