Capstone Projects

The course culminates with the creation of a capstone project that incorporates skills and knowledge acquired throughout the course and which participants implement with students. The links below lead to exemplary examples from Years 2 and 3 of this project.

Sample Capstone Projects, Year 4

Grades K-5

AI Introduction via Seesaw Platform for Students: Julie Myers, Tina D'Andrea, Nicole McKelvey, and Michael Sherman, Saline/Washtenaw County. Our team used the AI resources provided by ISTE to create four engaging lessons in Seesaw.

AI and Machine Learning for 5th Graders: Amanda Bailey, Matthew Blacker, and Rasahn McCombs, Crescent Academy. The 6E lesson plan linked here is a brief description of how we plan to teach AI and ML to 5th grade students as it relates to Computer Science.

AI in K12: Concepts, Creation, & Ethics: Eric Folks, Michelle Vogl, Sara Richards, and Beth Peacock, Round Rock ISD. We created three artifacts that work in coordination to provide upper elementary students an opportunity to become more familiar with Artificial Intelligence, explore different chatbots in order to create their own chatbot, and understand and address ethical challenges related to AI.

AI in the Indiana Uplands for Students & Teachers: Jeri Brown, Brad Zellner, Anna Westfall, and Apryl Kidd, Indiana Schools. This project showcases lessons or activities that provide experiences and knowledge for students and teachers to learn about AI in engaging and exciting ways. (Also used in Grades 6-8, 9-12, and with Adults.)

Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (Presentation slides): Deepika Srivastava, Vitaliy Orlov, Ruth Thompson , Joshua Barnor, and Allen Thoe, Redlands Unified School District. A project grounded in “Equality through Equity” that aims to provide learning experiences in Artificial Intelligence to all K-12 students integrated across curriculum during school, in extended day learning, and summer academy to close the opportunity gap. (Also used in Grades 6-8, 9-12, and with Adults.)

Introducing AI Image Recognition to Elementary Students: Sonny Rodriguez, Chris Giampietro, James Byrne, Kelly Powers, and Stephanie Fitzpatrick, District 10/Bronx, NY. As students engage in a unit that examines animal traits and students practice identifying specific types of animals (mammals, amphibians, birds, etc.), they will be introduced to the role that Artificial Intelligence may play in science. (Also used for Adults.)

Intro to Artificial Intelligence HyperDoc: Joanna Sargent, Kerry Ensberg, and Sarah Patterson, Garden Road Elementary School. Students will achieve a basic understanding of AI after completing a HyperDoc that includes the following stages: Discover, Explore, Apply, Share, and Extend. (Also used in Grades 6-8.)

Machine Learning: Christine Moore, Thomas Bunce, and Linda Martell, Galveston ISD. An interactive tool students would use to supplement the introduction of machine learning and AI. (Also used in Grades 6-8.)

Wellness AI: Krisha Kerr Poole, Joyce Conrad, Amelia Thorne, Jessica Delgado, Ramon Lopez, and Therese Phillips, North Monterey Unified School District. Our project was intended to give students across all grade levels the ability to process social emotional wellness through an app. This project used the design process to automate ways for students to be able to process emotions. This was meant to work for all grade levels. (Also used in Grades 6-8, 9-12, and with Adults.)


Grades 6-8

AI in the Indiana Uplands for Students & Teachers: Jeri Brown, Brad Zellner, Anna Westfall, and Apryl Kidd, Indiana Schools. This project showcases lessons or activities that provide experiences and knowledge for students and teachers to learn about AI in engaging and exciting ways. (Also used in Grades 3-5, 9-12, and with Adults.)

Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (Presentation slides): Deepika Srivastava, Vitaliy Orlov, Ruth Thompson , Joshua Barnor, and Allen Thoe, Redlands Unified School District. A project grounded in “Equality through Equity” that aims to provide learning experiences in Artificial Intelligence to all K-12 students integrated across curriculum during school, in extended day learning, and summer academy to close the opportunity gap. (Also used in Grades 3-5, 9-12, and with Adults.)

Digital Design - Intro to Artificial Intelligence: Anthony Russo, Charlotte Latin School. This interactive infographic can be used by digital design teachers to introduce artificial intelligence topics and tools to students. It provides an overview of AI topics and tools, links to videos that support AI topics covered, and assessments and challenges for students to complete. (Also used in Grades 9-12, and with Adults.)

Intro to Artificial Intelligence HyperDoc: Joanna Sargent, Kerry Ensberg, and Sarah Patterson, Garden Road Elementary School. Students will achieve a basic understanding of AI after completing a HyperDoc that includes the following stages: Discover, Explore, Apply, Share, and Extend. (Also used in Grades K-5.)

Machine Learning: Christine Moore, Thomas Bunce, and Linda Martell, Galveston ISD. An interactive tool students would use to supplement the introduction of machine learning and AI. (Also used in Grades 3-5.)

Natural Language Processing and Alexa using Kindle App: Tasneem Feroz Babrawala, Ayesha Maniya, and Zoya Maaez, Karachi American School. The main objective of this lesson is for students to understand NLP using 5 steps (i.e., when human speaks, device activates, device translates it to correct pronunciation and executes an action, and if required provides feedback in human language) For this purpose students will be using Alexa blueprints to practice conversation skills so that they can read the article with fluency.

Wellness AI: Krisha Kerr Poole, Joyce Conrad, Amelia Thorne, Jessica Delgado, Ramon Lopez, and Therese Phillips, North Monterey Unified School District. Our project was intended to give students across all grade levels the ability to process social emotional wellness through an app. This project used the design process to automate ways for students to be able to process emotions. This was meant to work for all grade levels. (Also used in Grades K-5, 9-12, and with Adults.)

Grades 9-12

AI in the Indiana Uplands for Students & Teachers: Jeri Brown, Brad Zellner, Anna Westfall, and Apryl Kidd, Indiana Schools. This project showcases lessons or activities that provide experiences and knowledge for students and teachers to learn about AI in engaging and exciting ways. (Also used in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and with Adults.)

Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (Presentation slides): Deepika Srivastava, Vitaliy Orlov, Ruth Thompson , Joshua Barnor, and Allen Thoe, Redlands Unified School District. A project grounded in “Equality through Equity” that aims to provide learning experiences in Artificial Intelligence to all K-12 students integrated across curriculum during school, in extended day learning, and summer academy to close the opportunity gap. (Also used in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and with Adults.)

Digital Design - Intro to Artificial Intelligence: Anthony Russo, Charlotte Latin School. This interactive infographic can be used by digital design teachers to introduce artificial intelligence topics and tools to students. It provides an overview of AI topics and tools, links to videos that support AI topics covered, and assessments and challenges for students to complete. (Also used in Grades 6-8, and with Adults.)

Wellness AI: Krisha Kerr Poole, Joyce Conrad, Amelia Thorne, Jessica Delgado, Ramon Lopez, and Therese Phillips, North Monterey Unified School District. Our project was intended to give students across all grade levels the ability to process social emotional wellness through an app. This project used the design process to automate ways for students to be able to process emotions. This was meant to work for all grade levels. (Also used in Grades K-5, 6-8, and with Adults.)


Adults

AI & Education: How AI Can Impact Education: Betty Nordengren, Danielle DeChristopher, and Angela Anthony, Benjamin School District 25. The goal of the PD experience is to inform and instruct all K-8 district staff on the relevance of AI in schools and our society, to give them some experience playing with AI tools, to suggest ways to use AI to support students, and provide a resource list to get started using AI in the classrooms.

AI in the Indiana Uplands for Students & Teachers: Jeri Brown, Brad Zellner, Anna Westfall, and Apryl Kidd, Indiana Schools. This project showcases lessons or activities that provide experiences and knowledge for students and teachers to learn about AI in engaging and exciting ways. (Also used in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.)

Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (Presentation slides): Deepika Srivastava, Vitaliy Orlov, Ruth Thompson , Joshua Barnor, and Allen Thoe, Redlands Unified School District. A project grounded in “Equality through Equity” that aims to provide learning experiences in Artificial Intelligence to all K-12 students integrated across curriculum during school, in extended day learning, and summer academy to close the opportunity gap. (Also used in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.)

Artificial Intelligence: Supporting Teachers: Sara Madgey, Kate Flint, Josh Waller, Christy Etchison, Aisha Bryant, and Robyn Little, McDonogh School. Our team worked together to create a Canvas module for Pre-K to 12 educators on what AI is, neural networks, data mining, and Google Trends.

AI to Inform Planning and Instruction: Curt Landon, Luis Barbosa, and Sophany Tibke, Chandler Unified School District. This presentation provides an introduction to AI as well as resources and ideas about how AI can be used to enhance and improve teaching. Topics unclude: Introduction to AI/ Basics of AI; Data Mining; AI for personalized learning; AI for collaborative learning.

An Introduction to AI/Machine Learning through Fossil Shark Identification: Megan Ennes, Bruce MacFadden, Brian Abramowitz, Stephanie Killingsworth, University of Florida. This project introduces teachers of grades 3-5 and 6-8 to the basics of AI and fossilized shark teeth shape. These images are used to classify large data sets of cutting and grasping teeth and to identify sharks by their teeth alone.

Digital Design - Intro to Artificial Intelligence: Anthony Russo, Charlotte Latin School. This interactive infographic can be used by digital design teachers to introduce artificial intelligence topics and tools to students. It provides an overview of AI topics and tools, links to videos that support AI topics covered, and assessments and challenges for students to complete. (Also used in Grades 6-8 and 9-12.)

Intro to Chat Bots: Adelaide Doyle-Nichols, Manisha Javeri, Pearl Chen, and Benjamin Emihovich, Cal State LA Charter College of Education. The Intro to Chat Bots was designed for higher education students pursuing their MA in Educational Technology or teacher candidates clearing their credential. The live Nearpod presentation along with the embedded articles, poll, links, video with question and tutorials help students understand what chat bots are and how to create their own for use in K-12 or higher education settings.

Introducing Artificial Intelligence, (Student Assignment sample): James Emley, Amy Adams, Sandra Cuautle Herrera, Rohya Prudhomme, Jamie Galgana, and Renee Sanchez, Los Angeles Unified School District. This is a new professional learning opportunity whereby teachers will gain an understanding of AI, engage in activities to introduce AI concepts and reflect on the implications of Artificial Intelligence in regard to ethics, access and equity for all. This professional learning is a total of four hours: 2 hours of synchronous session and 2 hours of asynchronous session.

Introducing AI Image Recognition to Elementary Students: Sonny Rodriguez, Chris Giampietro, James Byrne, Kelly Powers, and Stephanie Fitzpatrick, District 10/Bronx, NY. As students engage in a unit that examines animal traits and students practice identifying specific types of animals (mammals, amphibians, birds, etc.), they will be introduced to the role that Artificial Intelligence may play in science. (Also used in Grades 3-5.)

Nebraska ESUCC Artificial Intelligence Project: Nick Ziegler, Craig Hicks, Lori Biesecker, Ben Hanika, and Andrew Easton, the Nebrasks ESUCC. This site has been created to support educators who may be learning for the first time about the role artificial intelligence can play in education. As an onboarding resource, the site presents a broad overview of this topic, while also valuing brevity. For those interested in a deeper understanding, our team has embedded a number of our favorite resources for anyone interested in learning more.

Wellness AI: Krisha Kerr Poole, Joyce Conrad, Amelia Thorne, Jessica Delgado, Ramon Lopez, and Therese Phillips, North Monterey Unified School District. Our project was intended to give students across all grade levels the ability to process social emotional wellness through an app. This project used the design process to automate ways for students to be able to process emotions. This was meant to work for all grade levels. (Also used in Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.)


Sample Capstone Projects, Year 3

Grades K-5

AI with Yoga: Priscila Fojan, Stefanie Hebden, Jill Hill, Jeremy Letkiewicz, and Kimberly Logie-Bates, Royal Oak Schools. This project uses Teachable Machine (or a similar tool) to create an Elementary SEL lesson in which students learn yoga poses and the train an AI to learn a pose.

The Chatbot Challenge: Rick Lapi, Candace Meshey, and Rachel Sebastian, Governor Mifflin School District. The Chatbot Challenge guides students through an exploration of chatbots and use of an expert system diagram to create code within the Scratch platform.

K-5 AI Explorations: Lee Cook, Amanda Grudzien, Kaitlin Snow, Sarah Peterson, and Ashley Young, CUSD 200 Wheaton-Warrenville . This website offers a scope and sequence of activities designed to introduce Artificial Intelligence to students in grades K-5.

Grades 6-8

Artificial Intelligence: WebQuest to the Future: Regina Lee, Matt Reardon, and Teresa Blizman-Schmitt, Vernon Public Schools. This project is designed for students to complete a WebQuest that offers an overview of AI and how it will impact their lives.

Exploring Chatbots HyperDoc: Sharon Casadei, Elizabeth Hoffner, and Tina Schmidt, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This hyperdoc introduces students to Artificial Intelligence and teaches them to create their own chatbot.

Using Data for Product Development: Erin Lopez, Morgan Malkowski, Michael Provenzano, and Laura Rytych, Round Lake Area Schools D116. This project provides a cross-curricular, project-based activity for eighth grade students in Business Tech and STEM classes.

Grades 9-12

Adults

An AI Roadmap: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Clarissa Burton, Meghen Ehrich, Renee Henderson, Monica Jenkins, Kimberly Roberson, MaryAnn Santos, and Sarah Thomas, Prince George's County Public Schools. An introduction to AI for adults that can be offered face-to-face, online, or in a hybrid model.

Artificial Intelligence Across the K12 Curriculum: Andre Chmielewski, Samantha Cruz, Leonard Fischer, Ariel Jespersen, Taylor Niss, and Alex Podchaski, North Broward Preparatory School. An cross-disciplinary exploration of the concepts of Artificial Intelligence offering activities across PK-12 grade levels.

Artificial Intelligence in Education: a Digital Timeline: Kelley Briceno, Dawn Jones, and Carolina Seiden, Saint Andrew's School. An interactive timeline of important developments in AI over time.

Sample Capstone Projects, Year 2

Grades K-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Adults