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As one of the largest AI education companies in China, Squirrel highlights this tension. And as one of the best-poised to spread overseas, it offers a window into how China’s experiments could shape the rest of the world.The strategy has fueled mind-boggling growth. Squirrel’s innovation is in its granularity and scale. For every course it offers, its engineering team works with a group of master teachers to subdivide the subject into the smallest possible conceptual pieces. Middle school math, for example, is broken into over 10,000 atomic elements, or “knowledge points,” such as rational numbers, the properties of a triangle, and the Pythagorean theorem. The goal is to diagnose a student’s gaps in understanding as precisely as possible.- Karen Hao


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Squirrel AI's system can build different learning models for different segments and disciplines, and recommends suitable learning methods, exercises or tests for students. The system conducts an assessment of the individual student, develops a knowledge map that assesses what they have mastered and what needs further development, then commences a personalized learning journey, in which every student learns at his or her own pace.

-Joe McKendrick (Forbes)


Squirrel AI's system can build different learning models for different segments and disciplines, and recommends suitable learning methods, exercises or tests for students. The system conducts an assessment of the individual student, develops a knowledge map that assesses what they have mastered and what needs further development, then commences a personalized learning journey, in which every student learns at his or her own pace.

- Katie Elizabeth (Forbes)

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Edsurge interview

"How Much Artificial Intelligence Should There Be in the Classroom?" Squirrel AI Learning's founder Derek Haoyang Li shared his ideas, beliefs, and visions with Betsy Corcoran, the CEO of EdSurge in the interview.

Derek Haoyang Li, said during a keynote that replacing some teaching functions with AI-powered software would supercharge the country’s education system. Speaking to a crowd of some 2,000 attendees, he said: “If our children are educated by AI teachers, then their potential can be fully realized.


“Similar to AlphaGo, which can simulate the “Go Master,” Squirrel AI can simulate experienced and renowned teachers for children by providing personalized educational plans and instructions. This system has been demonstrated as being much more efficient than traditional instruction.”
— Phoenix News Media