IBM has launched three new online tools to teach young people about the future of artificial intelligence (AI). One resource is a free version of IBM’s P-TECH program designed to give underserved students the skills they need to succeed in a STEM career. Called Open P-TECH, the free online learning platform for high school students has added a course in which students can earn a badge in AI education. In the course, students learn the foundational concepts behind AI systems, consider the ethical implications of AI, explore applications of AI tools, and more. K–12 educators who want to learn more about artificial intelligence can use IBM AI Education to attend free webinars about AI’s foundational concepts and K–12 classroom connections with topics including introduction to AI, natural language processing, ethics, and robotics. Teachers working with younger students in the K–8 range can use IBM’s Teacher Advisor with Watsonto plan lessons that meet the individual needs of their students. Rather than teaching particular AI-based skills and information about emerging technology, Teacher Advisor uses the AI of IBM’s Watson to help teachers prepare young people for future STEM studies.
Twig Science Next Gen is a preK–8 STEM program built to address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The program provides comprehensive coverage of 3D science standards through engaging hands-on and digital investigations in which students take on the roles of real-world scientists and engineers.
Each year Samsung holds a national competition for public schools, grades 6–12, in which students are asked to consider how technology and STEM can be used to create change in their communities. With the help of their teachers, students can apply to the contest and compete to win up to $100,000 in prizes for their school, plus the opportunity to work with Samsung employees to develop their prototypes and pitch their idea to a panel of judges in New York City. Three National Winner schools will each receive a $100,000 prize package; 10 National Finalist schools, a $50,000 prize package; and 100 State Winner schools, a $6,500 prize package. All prize packages include Samsung products and classroom resources.
TinkRworks’ standards-aligned supplemental STEAM program reinforces core learnings through a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes projects and individual student kits. The STEAM-X curriculum is tailored for classrooms and remote or hybrid settings.