By: Shilpi Agarwal

In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping our world, the dialogue around ethical AI is more important than ever. Educators play a pivotal role in guiding the next generation to navigate these technological advancements responsibly. The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is uniquely positioned to lead this charge, and a groundbreaking initiative by STEAM in AI offers an exciting opportunity to do just that. This program provides free AI Ethics Workshops and a STEAM in AI Challenge, designed specifically for middle and high school students nationwide, facilitated by a notable AI ethics thought leader and former Stanford Adjunct Faculty member.

Elevating Computer Science Education with AI Ethics

STEAM in AI’s initiative is a call to action for CSTA members to integrate AI ethics into their curriculum. By participating, educators can offer students a comprehensive view of AI’s potential and pitfalls, ensuring they not only understand the technology but also the ethical implications of its application.

AI Ethics Workshops

The centerpiece of this initiative is the AI Ethics Workshop, which promises to be an enlightening experience for both educators and students. Led by a renowned thought leader in AI ethics, these workshops aim to demystify the ethical considerations in AI, providing a solid foundation from which students can explore the moral dimensions of technological innovation.

STEAM in AI Challenge

Building on the insights gained from the workshop, the STEAM in AI Challenge invites students to apply their knowledge in a practical setting. This challenge is a unique platform for students to engage in project-based learning, tackling real-world problems with AI solutions guided by ethical considerations.

Benefits for CSTA Educators and Their Students

CSTA educators who bring this initiative to their schools will be providing their students with an invaluable learning experience, along with several key benefits:

  • Professional Development: Educators will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge on AI ethics, enhancing their teaching toolkit and staying at the forefront of computer science education.
  • Volunteer Hours and Certification: Students participating in the challenge can earn volunteer hours and will receive a Certificate of Participation, adding value to their educational journey and future college applications.
  • Opportunity to Win: Teams presenting will have an opportunity to win.
Call to Action for CSTA Members

This initiative represents a critical step forward in preparing students for a future where AI plays a central role. CSTA members are encouraged to take advantage of this free offering to bring cutting-edge AI ethics education to their classrooms.

How to Participate

CSTA members interested in hosting the AI Ethics Workshop and STEAM in AI Challenge can find more information and submit their request through the STEAM in AI official website. This is an opportunity to not only enrich the computer science curriculum but also to foster a generation of ethically conscious technologists.


The STEAM in AI initiative is more than just an educational program—it’s a movement towards responsible AI development and use. For CSTA members, this is a chance to lead by example, showing students the importance of ethical considerations in technology. By integrating these workshops and challenges into their curriculum, educators can inspire their students to think critically about the impact of AI on society and empower them to be part of the solution. Let’s join hands in shaping the future of ethical AI, starting in our classrooms.

About the Author

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Shilpi Agarwal, a passionate data philanthropist and influential pioneer in the realm of tech ethics and data privacy, is the founder and CEO of the DataEthics4All Foundation. This organization aims to cultivate a new generation of leaders who prioritize ethical considerations in their work with data and AI. With a solid foundation in technology, backed by an undergraduate CS degree from the National Institutes of Technology and a graduate degree in design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Shilpi combines technical acuity with a keen eye for design thinking.

Before her groundbreaking work with the DataEthics4All Foundation, Shilpi imparted her wisdom and passion as an adjunct faculty member at prestigious institutions such as Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as a mentor for the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.