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Artificial Intelligence is a branch of Computer Science concerned with techniques for getting computers to do things that, when people do them, are considered evidence of intelligence.

Welcome to the ai4k12 wiki! This interim site is being used to organize the AI for K-12 initiative jointly sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). This page will help us get started on the dialog that will eventually result in (1) national guidelines for AI education for K-12, (2) an online, curated Resource Directory to facilitate AI instruction, and (3) a community of curriculum, resource, and tool developers focused on the AI for K-12 audience.

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky, "How Chat GPT Works and Why You Should Care". FDU CS Hub, Fairleigh Dickinson University, March 7, 2023. (slides)

  • New paper: Machine Learning and the Five Big Ideas in AI, by David Touretzky, Chrstina Gardner-McCune, and Deborah Seehorn. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, October 27, 2022.

  • Webinar by Dave Touretzky, "Tools for Teaching AI in K-12" (parts 1 and 2). FDU CS Hub Professional Development Workshop, June 13 and 14, 2022.

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky, Christina Gardner-McCune, Fed Martin, and Deborah Seehorn, "You Know AI Has Arrived When We're Teaching It in Elementary School". AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator of the Year Award invited talk, February 27, 2022. (slides)

  • EAAI-22 special track on Demos, Software Tools, and Activities for Teaching AI in K-12. February 26-27, 2022. Virtual conference.

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky and Fred Martin, "Teaching Artificial Intelligence in K-12", Raspberry Pi Foundation Research Seminar, January 11, 2022. (video) (slides) (blog article)

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky, "Show Don't Tell: Designing Effective AI Demos for K-12 Students", International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Education (AIDE 2021), December 16-18, Beijing. (slides)

  • Talk by Fred Martin and Deborah Seehorn, "How to Teach AI Across K-12", 2021 Global Software Education Conference, Seoul, South Korea, December, 2021. (slides)

  • Keynote address by Dave Touretzky, "Educating Children In An Age of Somewhat Intelligent Machines". International Conference on Learning and Teaching 2021. December 8-10, 2021, Hong Kong.

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky, "Beyond Computational Thinking: Artificial Intelligence Thinking in K-12". MIT RAISE seminar, November 30, 2021. (slides) (video)

  • "Preparing for the Age of Artificial Intelligence” gallery walk by Hal Speed and Marco Zennaro at the mEducation Alliance Symposium, September 29, 2021. slides

  • Talk by Hal Speed, “Teaching Artificial Intelligence in K-12”, at the ISAS Technology Directors Conference, September 13, 2021. slides

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky (CMU) and Rooz Aliabadi (ReadyAI), "Resources for Teaching Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI4K12 and WAICY". ICTENSW (ICT Educators of New South Wales) webinar. September 11, 2021.

  • Talks by Dave Touretzky, "Introduction to AI for K-12 Educators" (slides) and "Deep Dive Into AI4K12's Five Big Ideas" (slides), at the Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators, June 5, 2021.

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky, "Why and How to Teach Artificial Intelligence in K-12", at the 5th Annual Rutgers University Computer Science Summit, May 14, 2021. slides

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky, "Artificial Intelligence Thinking in K-12", at the February meeting of the Silicon Valley chapter of CSTA. February 17, 2021. video, slides

  • EAAI-21 (Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence) virtual conference, February 6-7 2021. Includes a special track on "Demos, Tools, and Activities for Teaching AI in K-12".

  • "The State of K-12 AI Education in Your State: A Planning Workshop", January 28-29, 2021. Invitation-only workshop for state-level planning for incorporating AI into the K-12 curriculum. See this press release and workshop schedule.

  • "AI & Machine Learning" track at The Future of CS: Emerging Concepts in CS Education Summit, hosted by CSTA. January 16, 2021.

    • AI in the K-12 Landscape. Christina Gardner-McCune, AI4K12 co-chair. Slides: pdf or Google doc
    • Integrating AI in the K-5 Classroom. Vicky Sedgwick, Kelly Powers, and Alexis Cobo, AI4K12 Working Group. Slides: pdf or Google doc
    • Middle School AI Integration. Charlotte Dungan, AI4K12 Working Group. No slides.
    • Artificial Intelligence Pathways in 9-12. Jared Amalong and John Chapin, AI4K12 Working Group. Slides: pdf or Google doc
  • Talk by Dave Touretzky, "Why AI4K12?", at the workshop on Engaging High School Teachers and Students in Artificial Intelligence Applications and Developments, January 15, 2021. Sponsored by Colorado State University - Pueblo, and District 60 and District 70 Schools.

  • Talk by Dave Touretzky at the 2020 Global SW Education Conference, November 3-4, 2020, in Seoul, Korea. slides

  • Panel discussion on "Paving Pathways for Equitable AI" at the 2020 GTC (GPU Technology Conference) on October 6 2020, featuring Hodan Omaar (moderator; AI policy Analyst, ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation), Christina Gardner-McCune (AI4K12 Co-Chair), Tess Posner (AI4ALL CEO), and Lisa Abel-Palmieri (Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania's President & CEO). The panel was part of the GTC program on Advancing Equitable AI.

  • Keynote talk by Dave Touretzky at IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, August 1, 2020. "What should every student (and teacher) know about artificial intelligence?" slides

  • Introduction to Teachable Machine and Machine Learning For Kids (part 2), Fred Martin, July 30, 2020, on the RoboFun podcast with Laura Hart.

  • Why your kids should learn about artificial intelligence (part 1), Fred Martin, July 16, 2020, on the RoboFun podcast with Laura Hart.

  • Keynote talk: Dave Touretzky, "Developing National Guidelines for Teaching AI in K-12". International Workshop on Education in Artificial Intelligence K-12 (EDUAI-20), July 10, 2020. slides

  • Session on Teaching AI Across K-12: What's New? at the CSTA-2020 virtual conference. Monday, July 13, 2020 from 4:00 to 4:45 PM CST. Presenters: Vicky Sedgwick, Kelly Powers, Sheena Vaidyanathan, Jared Amalong, and Deborah Seehorn.

  • Birds of a Feather session on Teaching Ethical AI in High School at the CSTA-2020 virtual conference. Tuesday July 14, 2020 from 9:15 to 10:00 AM CSG. Moderated by Charlotte Dungan and Deborah Seehorn.

  • Workshop on Learning Activities for Teaching AI in 6-12 at CSTA-2020 virtual conference. Monday July 13, 2020 from 1:15 to 2:00 PM CST. Presenters: Sheena Vaidyanathan and Jared Amalong.

  • Workshop on Learning Activities for Teaching AI in K-5 at CSTA-2020 virtual conference. Tuesday July 14, 2020 from 10:00 to 10:45 AM CST. Presenters: Deborah Seehorn, Vicky Sedgwick and Kelly Powers.

  • Invited talk: Dave Touretzky, Teaching Artificial Intelligence in K-12, July 3, 2020. Software Edu Fest 2020

  • Panel discussion: "Ideas from NC: #IAmCS, Teacher PD, Open Source and Artificial Intelligence" at the Constellations Virtual Computer Science PD Summit, June 17, 2020 from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM. Panelists include Tiffany Barnes, Aria Chernik, and Charlotte Dungan, and Mary Hemphill. Registration for the Summit is free.

  • Presentation: "Artificial Intelligence is Elementary!" at the Constellations Virtual Computer Science PD Summit, June 16, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM EST. Presented by April DeGennaro. slides

  • Panel discussion: "Why should Artificial Intelligence be part of Georgia's CS Courses?" at the Constellations Virtual Computer Science PD Summit, June 16, 2020 from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM. Panelists are members of the AI4K12 Working Group: Dave Touretzky, Vicky Sedgwick, Kelly Powers, Charlotte Dungan, and Jared Amalog. slides

  • Workshop: "Write Your First AI Program in 10 Minutes" at the Constellations Virtual Computer Science PD Summit, June 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM EST. An introduction to Calypso with Dave Touretzky. slides

  • CSforALL Commitments Webinar with Christina Gardner-McCune from AI4K12 and two other panelists, Thursday, May 28, 2000, 12:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern time. slides, video

  • Video presentation: Sparking AI Curiosity with the AI4K12 Initiative at the STEM For All 2020 Video Showcase, May 5-11, 2020. Our video was a Public Choice recognition winner.

  • Panel on "K-12 AI Education in 2020" at EAAI-20 (Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence), February 9, 2020, New York City. Slides: (1) Touretzky & Gardner-McCune, (2) Breazeal (N/A), (3) Aliabadi, (4) Reid

  • A Year in K-12 AI Education (or via to the AI Magazine web site) by D. Touretzky, C. Gardner-McCune, C. Breazeal, F. Martin, and D. Seehorn. AI Magazine 40(4):88-90, Winter 2019.

  • What Should K-12 Students Know About Artificial Intelligence? November 21, 2019. Princeton ACM / IEEE Computer Society joint meeting, Princeton, NJ.

  • "What's Up in AI for K-12?" ISTE webinar. November 19, 2019. Video link coming soon.

  • "Teaching AI in K-12" symposium, November 8-9, 2019, in Arlington, VA. Part of the AAAI 2019 Fall Symposium Series. Click here for the program.

  • AI in K-12: What Students Should Know at sySTEMnow conference, October 31, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI.

  • Ignite Commitmentt Talk - AI Curiosity, Christina Gardner-McCune at the CSForAll 2019 Summit, October 22-23, 2019.

  • "K-12 AI Education and Outreach" workshop held September 21 at STARS 2019. (slides)

  • "K-12 AI Playground", a workshop at CSTA 2019 in Phoenix, AZ, on Monday, July 8, 2019, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. (slides) (supplement)

  • "How to teach AI across K-12", a special session at CSTA 2019, Tuesday July 9, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, in Phoenix, AZ. (slides)

  • "K-12 Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence: What Students Should Know", session at ISTE 2019 (June 23-26, 2019, in Philadelpha, PA) Includes discussion of the AI4K12 Initiative. (slides)

  • 2019 NSF ITEST PI & Evaluator Summit, June 13-14, 2019 in Alexandria, VA. Legislative briefing visits on June 12 (slides)

  • "Incorporating AI in K-12 CS", webinar presented by CS For All, May 30, 2019, at 7:30 pm Eastern time. (link)

  • "How Should K-12 Students Experience AI?" Presentation at AIAED 2019 (Artificial Intelligence + Adaptive Education), Beijing, China, May 24-25, 2019. (extended abstract)

  • "An AI Curriculum in the K12 Classroom -- Preparing Students for the Future", panel discussion at the 10th Annual ASU+GSV Summit (April 8-10, 2019) in San Diego, CA.

  • "Preparing ALL Students for an Era of Continuous Digital Disruption", session at CoSN Envision 2030: Leadership for Learning. (April 1-4 in Portland, OR.) Includes discussion of the AI4K12 Initiative.

  • "The AI for K-12 Initiative" special session (slides) at SIGCSE 2019 on Thursday, February 28, 2019, 3:45-5:00 pm in Minneapolis, MN.

  • "AI for K-12: Making Room for AI in the K-12 CS Curriculum" BOF (Birds of a Feather) session at SIGCSE 2019, on Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:30-6:20 pm.

  • Tools for Teaching Artificial Intelligence in K-12 workshop, Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, Wahiawa Hawaii. Sponsored by ReadyAI and AAAI as an outreach event for AAAI-19. Short video. Informational flyer.

  • Panel at EAAI-19 in Honolulu: "The AI4K12 Initiative and How To Contribute To It". Dave Touretzky, Christina Gardner-McCune, and Cynthia Breazeal. Tuesday, January 29, 11:35 AM - 12:25 PM.

  • "Blue sky talk" at AAAI-19 (January 27-February 1, 2019, in Honolulu, HI). The talk is Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30. Here is the paper: Envisioning AI for K-12: What should every child know about AI?

  • "AI for K-12" symposium, October 20, 2018 in Washington, DC, part of the AAAI Fall Symposium series. Twitter hashtag #AI4K12. The 2018 Fall Symposium Materials are now available here.


Resource Directory: table of contents.

Five Big Ideas in AI: a poster you can print, and an illustrative graphic. Click for copyright and licensing information. Short link: https://bit.ly/ai4k12-five-big-ideas. This poster is also available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Tamil, Thai, French, Spanish, Italian, Slovenian, German, and Portugese and the text is available in Turkish.

We have icons available for each of the Five Big Ideas.

Please use this form to submit suggestions to our curated directory of AI for K-12 resources.

The AI for K-12 guidelines will be modeled after the 2017 CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. You can:


  • To join the AI for K-12 mailing list, please visit this page

  • The AI for K-12 steering committee members are:

  • David Touretzky, Carnegie Mellon University (chair)
  • Christina Gardner-McCune, University of Florida (co-chair)
  • Fred Martin, U. Mass. Lowell and CSTA
  • Deborah Seehorn, CSTA


  • 4/16/2019: "Five Big Ideas in AI" poster and graphic released.

  • 3/5/2019: NSF funding awarded for the AI for K-12 initiative.

  • 7/9/2018: 120 people attended the "AI for K-12" breakfast at CSTA 2018.

  • 5/15/2018: AAAI press release announcing the AI for K-12 initiative.

This web site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1846073. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.