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.
TechGirlz is a program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of CompTIA, which inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. To achieve its mission, TechGirlz has created engaging, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students.