An Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks

This teaching pack is designed to introduce artificial neural networks to 14 to 18-year-olds.

The pack comprises:

  • An interactive PowerPoint presentation which examines how we learn using our brain and examines, what exactly is an artificial neural network?
  • Provides a basic introduction to how an artificial neural network learns.
  • Introduces a simple Eyeball Neural Network and associated activity- how does the network learn to detect apples?
  • A hands-on classroom activity where you get to identify features and classify items in a bag.


The Artificial Neural Network slides with teacher's notes and activities can be downloaded as a zip file here.

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Video Materials

Watch this inspiring video by the 2013 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Video Competition Winners:

An Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks