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.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, IBM is working with policymakers and education leaders to increase the number of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools(P-TECH)in the United States. Currently, IBM hosts 220 P-TECH partners worldwide, and the company plans to expand the program to 150 schools in the US—half of the company’s total commitment of 300 by 2023.
Calcflow, powered by Matryx on STEAM, lets students explore mathematical theorems and scenarios in an interactive virtual reality environment. Essentially it allows them to visualize mathematical concepts in a completely new way.
Teachers can bring real-world industry to their class this fall with the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge. By participating in this free three-hour virtual challenge, students experience the power of coding while uncovering how Amazon uses computer science and robotics daily to deliver customer orders.