Youth Science Canada
AI Chatbot Design and Development
Youth Science Canada, an organization set on supporting children engage in scientific exploration, needed a new way to help spark ideas in youth for their STEM fair projects.
YSC wanted to create a chat-style bot that would guide children through the process of generating new STEM fair project ideas. Machine designed and developed a custom WordPress plugin to do just that.
The chatbot was friendly and casual, and asked users three questions:
- What type of science are you interested in?
- What challenge are you hoping to solve?
- What do you enjoy doing?
The second API call was to one of OpenAI’s natural language models. It used the three inputs from users, formed as a natural language query, and returned a set of STEM fair project ideas appropriate for the website’s user demographic.
The chat bot (named Spark), was launched at the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair in 2023, and was a very welcomed addition to the mySTEMspace website.
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