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Girls in AI Club champions excellence, inclusivity in technology


Members of the Girls in AI Club spent their first meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, using an AI model to predict the popularity of Taylor Swift songs based on the song’s danceability, level of energy, and tempo.

Club meetings take place every other Wednesday morning, and include participating in  activities such as hands-on projects, learning about the different uses and applications of AI in day-to-day life, and hearing from guest speakers, according to sophomore Emily Chen, the club president.

“Our club will focus on small but interesting projects that don’t require any background knowledge or coding experience,” said Chen. “Some projects we are planning to do are object recognition, using AI to make predictions, creating our own chatbots and using AI to analyze social media posts.”

Club activities do not require work outside meeting times, and are focused around a positive learning environment with opportunities to connect with other people interested in AI, according to sophomore Anvita Venkatesh, a member of the club.

“There’s lots of projects and interesting things and people, so just bring a good attitude and you’ll have fun,” said Venkatesh.

Chen added that she wishes to change the stereotype that AI is just complicated algorithms and advanced coding projects that only interest “nerdy” or “techy” people. She also hopes to show girls the full potential of AI through club meetings, the next one being on Wednesday, March 6. The club’s advisor is  Huamin Chen, a parent advisor.

“Everyone starts somewhere, and if you’re curious at all about the club you should come and check it out,” said Chen.

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