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.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is being celebrated around the world from December 6 to 12, 2021, as a way to promote computer science across the enterprise with students, families, educators, businesses, and communities. During CSEdWeek, educators and families are encouraged to organize an Hour of Code to recognize the importance of inspiring students of all ages to better understand computer science and codingconcepts, and advocate for equity. Here is a sampling of resources and events to help guide participation in CSEdWeek.
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Students can take a 360-degree virtual tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at California Institute of Technology. Through the virtual tour, students can explore key areas of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.