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.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites K–12 students to create artwork inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s cosmic successor to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope.
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.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is a national competition for public schools grades 6–12, in which students use technology to create change in their communities. With their teacher’s assistance, students can apply 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.