Press Release | September 1, 2021
LOWELL, MASS. – Kids in Tech, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children gain critical skills and confidence in STEM fields, has been named a partner for Massachusetts STEM Week for the second year in a row.
Awarded $40,240 by the Baker-Polito Administration and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this past August, Kids in Tech was one of seven education organizations to receive a Design Challenge grant in anticipation of the annual event. To get involved, teachers can sign up for the Challenge at the website, kidsintech.org, and obtain the materials to implement the project.
For this year’s STEM Week, which takes place Oct. 18-22, Kids in Tech will tackle lessons and activities around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies. This program is influenced directly from Kids in Tech’s flagship after-school technology club. At last year’s third annual STEM Week, Kids in Tech was chosen to host a cybersecurity challenge that engaged students in the basics of internet architecture and how to stay secure in online environments.
The after-school technology club enables Kids in Tech to bring under-served communities and children opportunities to engage with technology and businesses. Throughout the club’s existence, it has supported several local schools and their students in providing rich, informative learning experiences to some 300 elementary, middle, and high school students.
Kids in Tech’s AI and ML themed STEM Week program, titled Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Ethics, Coding, and Creating Smart Cities, will focus on middle school students. It will provide customizable lessons and learning modules to teach students the basics of AI in an accessible and engaging environment. Kids in Tech will leverage free online resources to develop fun and informational AI and ML curriculum that teachers can use to enhance their science and technology lesson plans.
“We are proud to partner again with Mass. STEM Week and create both fun and educational material for middle school teachers and students,” said Olu Ibrahim, founder and CEO of Kids in Tech. “AI and ML are misunderstood technologies that people may find too challenging or complicated to learn. We want to aid students and teachers alike in understanding these technologies better and know they can gain expertise in anything if they put their minds to it.”
Join Kids in Tech virtually during Mass. STEM Week, Oct. 18-22, as well as various other Massachusetts organizations and leaders, to learn more about the diverse opportunities available in STEM education and careers. Founded in July 2016, Kids in Tech is a nonprofit organization creating the next generation of tech-savvy leaders through free, interactive, and after-school computer science and literacy programs. www.kidsintech.org
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