Free practical guides for engaging students in AI creation

The Hands-On AI Projects for the Classroom guides from ISTE and GM provide elementary, secondary, elective and computer science teachers with innovative curricular resources about AI across various grade levels and subject areas. Each guide includes background information and four student-driven projects that directly relate to subject area standards, while providing foundational learning on what AI is, how it works and how it impacts society.

With these hands-on projects, students work directly with innovative AI technologies, participate in “unplugged” activities and create various products – from designing chatbots to presentations to video games – to demonstrate their learning. These hands-on guides are available in English, Spanish and Arabic.


An interview with Nancye Blair Black, Project Lead for AI Explorations and Their Practical Use in School Environments, discussing the work that she and her colleagues are doing, what lies ahead and why she’s so excited about the potential of artificial intelligence in the classroom.

Overview of program

AI Explorations and Their Practical Use in School Environments© is an ISTE professional learning program funded by General Motors that cultivates future AI programmers and provides professional learning for educators to support student-driven AI explorations. Our goals are to:

  • Create scalable, best-in-class professional learning experiences for educators that can spread the knowledge of a variety of approaches to using artificial intelligence (AI) in classrooms

  • Cultivate student driven AI explorations and practical use in school environments

  • Draw underrepresented student populations who might otherwise never consider AI as relevant to them to explore interdisciplinary associated careers.

  • Develop an AI teacher and students coaching and mentorship network with the active participation of AI experts from corporate R&D teams, STEM higher education faculty and K-12 subject matter experts.

For more information, please contact Nancye Black at

The project is made possible through a collaboration between ISTE and General Motors Corporate Giving.