shark ai logoFrom July 11-15,  12 Florida middle school teachers came together to kick off our yearlong professional development program titled, “AI Learning in K-12 with Fossil Sharks.”

During this unique experience, teachers learned how to bridge the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and paleontology in their classrooms. Learn more in the video below and in this blog post.

To start off this first cohort, members attended a weeklong professional development workshop at the University of Florida’s main campus in Gainesville. During the workshop, participants learned how to use a branch of AI called “machine learning,” to teach computers how to use shape, color, and texture to identify the species of extinct shark teeth! Participants left the workshop with lesson plans that are sure to get their students excited while being exposed to STEM and computer science topics and work with cohort members and scientists throughout the year!

2022-23 Cohort

This is the first of three annual cohorts dedicated to the integration of and learning about AI and fossils. This project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the project in our press release.


Melissa Atkins

Melissa Atkins

Tradewinds Middle School
Palm Beach County

donale cochran

Donale Cochran

Lake Weir Middle School
Marion County

robert driscoll

Robert Driscoll

Marathon High School
Monroe County

susan gaboriau

Susan Gaboriau

Putnam County School District
Putnam County

Kevin Gamble

Kevin Gamble

Gamble Rogers Middle School
St. Johns County

monique goldberg

Monique Goldberg

Boca Raton Community School
Palm Beach County

carmen Gonzalez

Carmen Gonzalez

Fort McCoy School
Marion County

cathy hammel

Cathy Hammel

Frostproof Middle Senior High School
Polk County

Kathrin Landolfi

Kathrin Landolfi

Horace O’Bryant Middle School
Monroe County

Angela Pecor

Angela Pecor

Liberty Middle School
Marion County

allison stidham

Allison Stidham

Tarpon Springs Middle School
Pinellas County

larry tannenbaum

Larry Tannenbaum

Buddy Taylor Middle School
Flagler County


Cohort I Learning Goals and Benefits:

At the end of this yearlong program, participants gained the following:

Cohort I Launch Workshop Components

Cohort I/PD Expectations

In order to receive the $2,500 stipend, participants must attend all cohort activities, including:


Support Staff

Sadie Mills, TESI Program Coordinator

Alise Cross, TESI Education and Communications Assistant


Jul 24, 2023

Bridging the Past and Future

Cohort II of the SEFS "Shark AI" Professional Development Workshop takes a deep dive into fossil sharks and artificial intelligence.

Funding Sources

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