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AI Emotions

45 minutes

Grade level: Lessons for K-2

Big idea

In this social emotional learning lesson, students explore the concepts of emotions and artificial intelligence. All humans have emotions. There are patterns in how we express emotions but also differences. Artificial intelligence functions by learning patterns.

In the Film

In Superhuman Body, we meet Dr. Ayanna Howard. She is a roboticist who engineers a wide variety of robots. One of these robots is the NAO robot. In the movie, children practice their motor skills by copying it. This robot is unique because it can also read and display emotions. In this lesson, students learn more about their own emotions and how robots with AI, like NAO, work.


  1. Students will identify emotions and how they’re expressed.
  2. Students will demonstrate how AI learns by sorting pictures of emotional expressions.

Videos in this lesson

NGSS Standards

Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.