Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA and Hampton Township School District will advance STEM learning by launching the AI Pathways Institute (AIPI) and Teen Accelerator this summer.


AIPI + Teen Accelerator is not your average program. It's an intensive, interactive, hands-on program for rising 9th-11th grade students who’ve been historically underrepresented in STEM careers. This program connects youth to project-based learning, mentorship/career exposure, higher education, and industry as they study artificial intelligence, computer science, human-centered design, and STEM careers. From trash cans that sort trash and automatically recycle, to wearable devices that help treat drug addiction, youth will be exposed to eight Pittsburgh companies who are using artificial intelligence to solve big problems.  Robust partnerships with leading institutions of higher education and industry will also be at the center of the program, which will be offered at several different sites. At the Boys & Girls Club of Western PA branches and at the Hampton Township School District site, teens will have the opportunity to complete the three-week summer program and then will also be eligible for paid positions as junior staff in the 2019-2020 school year to mentor younger students and continue to build upon their summer projects.


“We are very excited to be a part of Senator Wolfe’s initiative to advance STEM education and workforce development among teens in our local communities and partner with Hampton Township School District. In the last year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania has launched robust STEM education programs including a partnership with Ready AI and recently participated in the World AI Conference for Youth through Carnegie Mellon University,” said President and CEO Dr. Lisa Abel-Palmieri. “The teens that we serve across all of our branches will have the opportunity to be better prepared for high demand STEM occupations in our region that require skills in computer science, artificial intelligence and problem solving. We’re also looking forward to partnering with Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy who will help us measure the outcomes of the program so it may be replicated elsewhere.”






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