Free course teaches students how to create chatbots

Feb. 3 – Mar. 10 — VIRTUAL — Grade 5-12 students will have a chance to create their own custom chatbot through a free online course, offered on consecutive Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Mar. 10.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Ohio 4-H have teamed up to offer the 4-H World Changers Learn to Code course, designed to introduce middle and high school students to coding. The classes will be held from 7-8 p.m.

The course is inspired by Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that engages girls in learning about technology and engineering. It is open to any student with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), coding or developing important workforce skills. Enrollment in 4-H is not required.

Participants will learn how to use the Trinket coding platform to write and run their own chatbot in a web browser using the Python programming language. A chatbot, a simple form of artificial intelligence, is a computer program that simulates conversations with a real person.

Registration will close on Feb. 1. To register, go to go.uvm.edu/4hcoding. The Zoom link will be provided on the morning of the first session. All classes will be live captioned.

If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at 802-888-4972, ext. 402.

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