We’re Piloting!

Our AI4GA Teachers are piloting the Living & Working with Artificial Intelligence Course in eleven middle schools in six counties in Georgia starting August 1, 2023.

We presented some of our work at SIGCSE 2023 in Toronto in March and at AERA 2023 in Chicago in April (see below).

We’ll be publicly releasing our curriculum by Fall 2023.

Check back later in the Fall for updates.

AI4GA Objectives

  1. Understand how to make AI relevant and exciting to African American, Latino/a/x, and rural students.
  2. Understand how to help students develop personal identities as STEM creators preparing for future AI-powered careers.
  3. Determine what kinds of support Georgia middle school CS and CTE teachers need in order to feel comfortable teaching AI.
  4. Develop and pilot a 9 week AI elective, Living and Working with Artificial Intelligence, that can serve the needs of all Georgia middle school students.
  5. Develop an in-person and a scalable online teacher PD course to be offered by Georgia DOE to train additional teachers to deliver the AI elective.

Teacher Professional Learning & Community
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Central to this project’s success are our teachers and their preparation and comfort to teach AI to middle school students.

Checkout Betia Bentley, one of our teachers on GPS sharing the
Five Big Ideas in AI for teachers in GA.

AI Lesson & Assessment Co-Design


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The research and teaching team will work together to co-design a set of flexible lessons that teachers can use to meet the needs of their students and teaching style.

Culturally-Responsive Pedagogy & Teaching
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We believe that the future of work will require that all students have AI knowledge and skills that they can use in their chosen professions.

Presentations & Talks

AERA 2023 – Chicago, Illinois, USA

Sun, April 16, 2023 8:00 to 9:30am CDT
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Floor: West Tower – Ballroom Level, Atlanta
Session: Teaching Artificial Intelligence in K–12: Innovative Learning Designs in an Evolving Landscape
Co-Designing a Culturally Relevant Nine-Week Middle School Artificial Intelligence CurriculumPresenting: Christina Gardner-McCune, Slides

STEM For All Video Showcase May 10-17, 2022


SIGCSE TC 2023 – Toronto, Ontario Canada

Christina Gardner-McCune, David Touretzky, Bryan Cox, Judith Uchidiuno, Yerika Jimenez, Betia Bentley, William Hanna, and Amber Jones. 2023. Co-Designing an AI Curriculum with University Researchers and Middle School Teachers. In Proceedings of the 54th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education V. 2 (SIGCSE 2023). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1306. https://doi.org/10.1145/3545947.3576253 (PDF) (Poster)

David Touretzky, Christina Gardner-McCune, Bryan Cox, Judith Uchidiuno, Janet Kolodner, and Patriel Stapleton. 2023. Lessons Learned From Teaching Artificial Intelligence to Middle School Students. In Proceedings of the 54th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education V. 2 (SIGCSE 2023). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1371. https://doi.org/10.1145/3545947.3576315 (PDF) (Poster)

Funded by
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National Science Foundation awards DRL-2049029 and DRL-2048502.

In response to the NSF Dear Colleague Letter 20-101, Advancing Educational Innovations that Motivate and Prepare PreK-12 Learners for Computationally-Intensive Industries of the Future.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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