AI in My Life

Introducing…AI In My Life

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative innovations of our times. While AI offers substantial benefits to individuals and society, it has major implications for privacy, ethics and security. 

The world-leading ADAPT Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology is now offering a modular workshop programme to help Transition Year students navigate the Age of AI successfully and safely. 

Programme Aims

Through interactive workshops, students will:

  • – Learn about AI and how it works
  • – Uncover some of the ethical and privacy implications of AI
  • – Evaluate the role of AI in their lives and in society
  • – Learn how to protect their digital privacy
  • – Contribute to cutting-edge research on AI
  • – Explore AI careers and related further study options

AI in My Life has been co-created with TY students and teachers in order to ensure it resonates with students.

Registration Now Open for 2022 School Year

The programme is being piloted with schools in the DCU Access network currently, and it will be opened up to all schools in the Republic of Ireland in September 2022.

Register your school’s interest now at

Try Out Our Taster Workshop

If you’d like to explore AI in My Life, we’re offering a 2-hour taster workshop to schools in April and May 2022.

Contact us at if you’re interested in taking this taster workshop.

Programme Format

AI in My Life is a workshop series facilitated by teachers via an online toolkit containing course content and accompanying class activities. Teachers will be assisted via an initial train-the-trainer workshop and on-going support. Undergraduate student ambassadors from our partner third-level institutions will help facilitate in-person workshops for some of the modules.

Programme Duration

The entire programme takes 20 hours to complete. However, its modular structure means that you can pick and choose modules to suit the time you have available.

You can commence the programme at any time during the school year.

Workshop Themes

AI in My Life is being piloted with schools in the DCU Access network currently. Content will be refined based on evaluation from this pilot. Indicative themes, and their associated learning outcomes, include:

  • AI in My Life: An Introduction
  • Greater understanding of basic concepts related to AI
  • Enhanced understanding of how emergent technology such as AI can impact important aspects of their lives and society
  • Thinking about AI, Ethics and Privacy 
    • Better insight into how research shapes future technology
    • Enhanced ability to evaluate the ethical and privacy implications of AI in their lives
    • AI and Society 
      • Increased confidence to discuss AI and its impacts in the classroom across subjects
      • Growth in confidence in participating in public discourse about STEM
      • Better appreciation of the role of responsible research and innovation
  • Digital Privacy Workshop 
    • Empowerment to protect digital privacy
    • AI Careers
    • Greater awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of AI and the exciting range of career opportunities that it present


Students complete a final team project to demonstrate their learning from the programme. Currently this is a research poster but co-creation is exploring options for a digitally-based project. Details will be available soon.

Learning Outcomes and Syllabus Connections

The interactive and reflective nature of AI in My Life ensures that students will hone the five key skills central to teaching and learning across the Transition Year curriculum:

  • Information Processing
  • Being Personally Effective
  • Communicating 
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Working with Others

The STEAM focus makes the AI in My Life content relevant to the following Leaving Certificate subjects:

Leaving Certificate Applied Leaving Certificate
  • Technology
  • Politics and Society
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Communication Graphics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Social Education
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology – Specialism


Do I Need to Know Anything about AI?

No, teachers don’t need any prior knowledge of AI in order to deliver this programme.

You’ll receive training from ADAPT’s Education and Public Engagement team, and the online toolkit will provide you with background information on each of the modules.

We’ll also be there for you if you have questions at

How Do I Sign Up?

Contact and we’ll get the ball rolling!

Or register your school’s interest now (selecting public engagement in the dropdown) and we’ll be in touch

Contact Us

  • Who has developed this Programme?AI in My Life has been developed by ADAPT’s researchers and education and public engagement experts, in collaboration with DCU Access, the Future of Privacy Forum, the Lero research centre, and the INTEGRITY Horizon 2020 research project. The programme is funded by SFI Discover.We have brought on new partners for 2022 including DCU’s Anti-Bullying Centre, Maynooth University Access Services, Midlands Science and Mary Immaculate College.

The Project Team

Anne Kearns, Education and Public Engagement Officer, ADAPT Centre

Laura Grehan, Education and Public Engagement Manager, ADAPT Centre

Janine Robinson, DCU Access

Aidan O’Driscoll, DCU Access

Dr. Rob Brennan, Assistant Professor, ADAPT, Dublin City University (DCU)

Dr. Malika Bendechache, Assistant Professor, ADAPT, Dublin City University (DCU)

Dr. Irina Tal, Assistant Professor, LERO, Dublin City University (DCU)  

Dr. Brian Davis, Assistant Professor, ADAPT, Dublin City University (DCU)  

Dr. Julio Hernandeztorres, Post Doctoral Researcher ADAPT, Dublin City University (DCU)  

Dr. Tijana Milosevic, Post Doctoral Researcher, ADAPT, Dublin City University (DCU)  

Dr. PJ Wall, Research fellow , ADAPT, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Project Partners

AWS In Communities

DCU Access 

DCU National Anti-Bullying Centre,

Future Privacy Forum

Maynooth University Access Programme,

Mary Immaculate College,

Midlands Science


Trinity Access Programme


Project Contact

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