Summer Workshop on Artificial Intelligence:
Special Topic on Human, Crowd, Environment, and Robotics


A simulation showing how crowd escape through narrow exits. Video created by Samuel S. Sohn.

Introduction

Computing is a ubiquitous part of modern life. However, it is also clear that large groups of our population are not yet included in computing research, education, and jobs. As a part of Broadening Participation in Computing Plan under Rutgers-TCNJ collaborative research Project NUCLEUM, this K-12 teacher-focused workshop aims to provide a professional development opportunity for the teachers to learn how they can incorporate AI concepts in their classrooms


Professional Development Workshop for K-12 Teachers

Tentative Schedule of The Day

9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration, Orientation, Introduction, Light Refreshment
9:30 am - 10:50 am

Session 1: Understanding AI

Teachers will participate in a discussion-based introduction of various AI concepts. They will learn about state-of-the-art topics in AI, machine learning, computer vision and robotics, see how such technologies are used in everyday life, and learn how to cull such information quickly from media articles.
10:50 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session 2: Human, Crowd, and Environment (Part 1)

Teachers will apply what they have learned in Session 1 to a specific topic in AI, namely a study on human crowd and environment. We will explore questions such as:
  • What is the problem about?
  • Why does it matter?
  • How can we break down the problem into smaller parts?
  • How can AI be used to tackle the problem?
  • What are the current AI techniques used to solve the problem?
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 2:50 pm

Session 3: Human, Crowd, and Environment (Part 2)

Teachers will be in a lab-based environment. Teachers will participate in one or two demo units of classes demonstrating the application of the materials from Session 2 applied to high school classrooms. Science and technology education classes are assumed but other classes (e.g. history class) can be considered as well. Specific topics include:
  1. (15 min) Several examples of applications (e.g., evacuation from city in a wildfire)
  2. (30 min) Teachers will be introduced to software tools that are used in projects introduced in Session 2
  3. (60 min) A couple of demo lessons that teach teachers that illustrate what they’ve learned in Session 1 & 2 into a new or similar topic. This will support teachers' ability to envision implementation in their curriculum.
There will be a 15 min break between (b) and (c).
2:50 pm - 3:00 pm Closing Remark and Q&A
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the experience? One-day professional development (PD) workshop in Computer Science at The College of New Jersey that will provide discussion-based exercise to gain AI literacy and access to teaching resources.
Who is eligible to apply? This year (2023), K-12 teachers from Hamilton Township School District (HTSD) and Mercer County Technical Schools (MCTS) in New Jersey are invited to participate. We aim to expand the participants from other school districts in the years to come. If you are from other school districts and interested in future opportunities, please reach out to Dr. Sejong Yoon at TCNJ.
What sort of things will I be learning and how do they relate to my profession?
  • Do you have questions about artificial intelligence?
  • What are some uses of AI in the real world?
  • How can AI be used to predict events, such as evacuation routes for large crowd gatherings, or emergency evacuations in large high rise buildings?
  • What’s the technology behind self-driving cars?
  • How can I effectively and accurately explain AI to my students?
Do I need to know anything about computer science or coding for this event? No experience is necessary and by the end of the event, you will have an opportunity to learn conceptual backgrounds of AI.
When is the PD workshop? Thursday, June 22, 2023
Will transportation be provided? No. Please find your ride to/from TCNJ.
What is the time of the PD Workshop? 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
How do I apply for this PD workshop? Application - Submit by May 31, 2023
If I already filled out the form, do I have to fill it out again? No. Your responses are saved.
Is there a cost for me to attend the event? No. Up to 10 teacher participants have a unique opportunity to participate in this PD Workshop. Each participant, upon completion, will be compensated for $250 for a computer science day of learning thanks to support from a National Science Foundation research grant awarded to Dr. Sejong Yoon, in collaboration with faculty in the School of Education, at TCNJ.
How will I know that I have been accepted to attend the field trip? You will receive an email from Dr. Sejong Yoon with news of your acceptance and additional details on or about June 8, 2023.


Workshop History

This workshop is a four-year project started in Summer 2021. We keep the exciting memory here and wish to continue supporting teacher participants through PD resource page shared with the workshop participants.

2023

Teacher Participant Demographic
  • 18 applicants
  • 62% female / 38% male
  • 14 high school / 4 middle school
  • Invited all applicants; 13 final participants
Pieces of Memories

2022

Teacher Participant Demographic
  • 11 applicants
  • 40% female / 60% male
  • 3 high school / 3 middle school / 4 elementary school / 1 administration staff
  • Invited all applicants; 5 final participants
Pieces of Memories

2021

Teacher Participant Demographic
  • 11 applicants
  • 50% female / 50% male
  • 6 high school / 3 middle school / 2 elementary school
  • Invited all applicants; 10 final participants
Pieces of Memories


Acknowledgements

This project is supported by National Science Foundation Grant Awards #1955404 and #1955365.