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  1. TEACHER licence: teacher may use/print PDF for personal classroom use (purchase below)
  2. SCHOOL licence: all teachers in the school may use/print PDF for personal classroom use (purchase below)
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SCIENCE STORIES
TEACHER LICENCESCHOOL LICENCE

SCIENCE CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

1. THE NEW WORLD2 children & their bot run into the Great Pacific Plastic Floating Dump (size of the province of Quebec).
2. THE STRONGEST PIGGYThe Third Piggy is teased & bullied for not being strong or fast. So he uses his knowledge of science (pulleys & mechanical advantage) to win a strength contest.
3. THE SECRET OF THE STONEThe 3 Pigs help Wold lift a heavy stone to uncover the secret of life, using their knowledge of science (buoyancy & relative density)
4. FIREArda lost her clan’s fire pot and they are cold and sick. After a lot of thinking and trial & error she finds a solution (friction, invention)
5. BROKEN SPEARArda is spear fishing with Nana, but she keeps missing. Is her spear borken? (refraction)

AI STORIES
TEACHER LICENCESCHOOL LICENCE

MEEHANEETO

A wall has separated the Eleuseeto from the Meehaneeto for many, many centuries. But the Meehanneeto are back. What will the Eleuseeto do?

NOTE ON GREEK ORIGIN OF NAMES: The names in this story are playfully derived from the roots of Greek words whose meanings are in parentheses: Meehaneeto (machine); Eleuseeto (free); Panopteeto (all seeing); Pereegeeto (curious); Petateeto (flying). The use of “ee” helps with pronunciation. For example, the second author’s name, Gadanidis (Γκαδανίδης), is pronounced in Greek as “gathaneethees”, with “ee” pronounced as in “bee”, “th” pronounced as in “the”, and the accent on the syllable “nee”.

65 full-colour pages.

REVIEW: Meehaneeto is a graphic novel that creatively investigates the transformation of the Eleuseeto society after the introduction of technology and artificial intelligence. The Eleuseeto society in many ways mirrors our own. Technology has changed rote and labour-intensive tasks and how people connect with one another and access information. The people in Eleuseeto have more time, but how are they filling it? They have more social connections, but are they more or less meaningful? The story explores the potential social, economic and environmental consequences of AI’s unchecked development and uncritical use, like social isolation and behaviour manipulation. 
The learning resources at the end of the story prompt readers to consider how their data is currently being collected and for what purposes and how data collection relates to issues of privacy, ethics and democracy. The text and its teacher guide are powerful tools for use in the elementary and intermediate/secondary classrooms.


BECOMING HUMAN

This graphic story is the sequel to Meehaneeto. It raises issues of privacy in today’s digital world.

Read about 3 bots that learned how to appear to be human and why they created an app to protect our privacy.

The ending will surprise you!


AI FARM

This graphic story raises issues of privacy in today’s digital world. There is a set of reflection, research & discussion questions in the last 2 pages of the book.

What might happen if agbots (agricultural robots) develop AI?
What will be their relationship to humans?
What might be the benefits or dangers?
The story is a retelling of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
The story comes with a coding app!!