Middle School Teachers, Counselors, and Students
Artificial Intelligence (AI) workshop
In this free workshop for grades 5-9, students will participate in code.org’s “AI for Oceans” interactive on-line activity. Students will discover how robots can be trained via Artificial Intelligence (AI) to rid the ocean of pollution. Students will “train” the virtual robot to experience how a data set impacts machine learning. Plus, we’ll discuss how STEM careers can positively impact the environment.
Pittsburgh Technical College’s workshop is supported by an Environmental Education grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Students will have the opportunity to complete an anonymous pre- and post-survey related to environmental careers.
Instructor: Dana Schultz, M. Ed., School Partnerships Coordinator
Length: 45-90 minutes
We have dates and locations to fit your schedule, June 2022:
At Pittsburgh Technical College:
- June 28, 2022 : AI-Worshops
- during your site’s June summer offerings
- June 15, 2022 : AI-Worshops
Families and school/camp groups welcome virtually!
We are looking forward to hosting students in grades 5-12 during our virtual and in person 2022 summer camps!
Resources for middle school teachers and counselors
Computer Science Enrichment
With Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Academy, we’ll be offering CS0 (CS Zero) as a free, ungraded, virtual enrichment activity this school year.
WHO: 8th graders (or 6th and 7th graders with eighth grade math skills); may especially appeal to students who enjoy math or art.
WHAT: CS0 (CS Zero), an introductory Python class that combines creativity + problem-solving. Please see our CS0 Wakelet for teachers at https://wke.lt/w/s/sJrUt2.
WHEN: CS0 is a 35-hour program that we can break into two sections (such as 15 hours in the fall and 20 hours in the spring, etc.).
WHERE: Virtually – during the school day or after school.
WHY: PDE reports that over the next 10 years, 71% of jobs will require some form of Computer Science skills. As the CS field is under-represented by females and minorities, we hope a variety of students will participate.
HOW: The program is free and browser-supported. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Pittsburgh Technical College is offering free, virtual Girls Who Code clubs for girls in grades 6-12.
No coding experience is required. Girls participate in up to 10 club meetings that include coding tutorials, career exploration, collaboration, and more!
Option #1 – Your students can join our club – after school during the school year or weekdays during the summer. Click Here to Register
Option #2 – Your students can attend a club that we host just for girls from your school or site. Time slots are available during the school day, after school, or during the summer.
For more details and a flier for your students, please email Dana Schultz, Education Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com.
STEM Career Exploration
STEM Career Exploration opportunities for grades 5-9 (currently virtual) including the following:
- live Q&A sessions with our faculty and/or industry professionals
- virtual fieldtrips
- and/or brief video conferences
Act 48 workshops
Our Act 48 workshops will prepare you to introduce your students to in-demand careers in STEM, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). The workshops will mainly focus on resources for educators of grades 6-8, but teachers, school counselors, and program providers for any grade level are welcome to attend.
For general questions or to request an informative kit about PTC, let us know and we’ll get right back to you.
What Sets Us Apart
of PTC’s degree-seeking students experience onsite internships or clinical rotations, or employer partnerships in capstone projects, before they graduate.*
of PTC’s graduates were working in-field either part- or full-time from 2016-2020.*
job openings that Career Services made available to students in 2019.
students on average in a classroom. We don’t do impersonal auditorium lectures.
is our hallmark, and it’s why PTC alumni succeed.
is our middle name. Tools, technology, and flexible online learning prepare you for success in the workplace.
*Showcases 2017-2021 PTC graduates. Data includes those who were available for work and were offered and/or received career search assistance from 1/1/2017-3/30/2021. Includes full-time, part-time, or freelance positions. Due to limited career openings during the COVID pandemic, PTC is using a 5-year rate to represent its overall graduate placements more accurately. Visit https://ptcollege.edu/career-assistance-data/ to learn more.