SkillsBuild

SkillsBuild is a call to action to help primary and secondary school students learn via exercises and hands on kits, and to better understand technologies! SkillsBuild offers easy to access materials any IBMer around the world can use in their volunteer activities with students and teachers. Learn More

Key Technologies: 21st Century Skills

Key Technologies: 21st Century Skills

Digital Literacy and Coding

Digital Literacy and Coding

STEM Careers for Everyone

STEM Careers for Everyone

Find Activity Kits

Everything you need for a volunteer activity

IBM’s Activity Kits are designed around specific opportunities – helping not-for-profit organizations understand their technology needs, sharing the fun of math and science with school children, and more. Each kit provides supporting materials such as presentations or educational modules, to prepare and equip volunteers to assist schools or community agencies.


Above and BEEyond - a New STEM Camp

The activities are a fun way for students to understand how they interact throughout their day with these technologies.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math 11-14 Years old English, German

Accessibility in Design

How planning, design and technology can enhance the lives of people with disabilities

Health, Technology, Social service 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old, Adults English

A Master the Mainframe Meetup

Anyone can learn about large scale, enterprise systems with this hands-on activity that assumes no prior knowledge.

Technology 13-19 Years old, University, Adults English

Basics of Marketing

Conduct a half-day workshop to introduce the fundamentals of marketing.

Jobs/Workforce development, Social service Adults Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Build an App: Pursuit of Trivia

Students develop iOS mobile apps using a ready-made trivia game.

Jobs/Workforce development, Social service, IBM Cloud account needed 14-19 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Help young students better understand the importance of accepting differences in themselves and others — and celebrating those differences.

Social service 10-14 Years old English

Chatbots for Good

Lead a workshop that introduces students to chatbots and show how human-computer conversation services work.

Jobs/Workforce development, Social service, IBM Cloud account needed 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Clean Water Difference

Help students explore the tradeoffs faced in decisions affecting watersheds.

Environment, Science 13-17 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Code Your Toy Box

Introduce kids to programming by designing video games online.

Engineering, Technology 6-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Code Your Future - a Hackathon

Programming in a fun, hands-on way while exposing them to the variety of contributions necessary to develop a product.

Technology, IBM Cloud account needed 14-19 Years old English,Swedish

Disaster Volunteering

Learn to prepare for disasters and about disaster volunteering.

Disaster response, Social service 14-19 Years old, Adults English

Driving on Sunshine

Students explore engineering by designing and making a solar-powered model car.

Engineering, Science 11-14 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Eat Your Science

Lead students in an experiment that explores chemistry while making ice cream.

Science 6-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Engineering Everything

Introduce engineering's impact on our lives, and promote technical careers.

Engineering 11-14 Years old English

Feet of Engineering

Introduce engineering concepts to students with an activity in shoe design.

Engineering 10-14 Years old English

Game On!

Explore microservices and cloud development through a text-based adventure game

Technology, IBM Cloud account needed 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Get The Job: On Paper, In Person

Help sharpen job candidates' resume-writing and interview skills.

Jobs/Workforce development, Social service 14-19 Years old, Adults English, Spanish (Latin America), Chinese (simplified), Korean, French, Portuguese (Brazil)

Get The Job: Research & Prepare

Introduce job-seekers to the fundamentals of searching for a job.

Jobs/Workforce development, Social service 14-19 Years old, Adults English, Spanish (Latin America), Chinese (simplified), Korean, French, Portuguese (Brazil)

Get Your Head in the Cloud

Introduce kids to Cloud computing and how we all use it.

Science, Technology 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Hands on STEM (aka DiscoverE)

Introducing and reinforcing the importance of STEM education and careers.

Engineering, Environment, Math, Science, Technology 6-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Hello, Watson

Introduce IBM's Jeopardy! champion computer and the technology behind it.

Engineering, Science, Technology 10-13 Years old English,Turkish

Help Kids Go Green

Help students learn how we can all reduce, re-use and recycle garbage.

Environment, Science 11-15 Years old English

Internet Fundamentals

Help Adults or students learn how to use the Internet.

Social service Adults English

Internet of Me

Help raise cyber security awareness among students aged 12-15.

Social service, Technology 12-15 Years old English,Turkish,Spanish (Latin America)

Introduce Teacher Advisor

Help early-grade math teachers with IBM's free Watson-powered resource.

Social service Adults English

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (1Hr)

Students will learn about Watson and its participation in Jeopardy as context for understanding its capabilities and how it works.

Technology 11-14 Years old English, German

Introduction to Cybersecurity (1Hr)

Cybersecurity is protecting yourself from someone stealing your digital information or from someone pretending to act as you online.

Technology, Social Service 11-14 Years old Czech,English, German

Introduction to Design Thinking (1Hr)

Design Thinking provides a structured way to identify user needs and wants, prioritize efforts based on highest impact, and incorporate user feedback as well as team reflection.

Technology 11-14 Years old English, German

Introduction to Internet of Things (1Hr)

The Internet of Things gives us access to the data from millions of devices. But how does it work, and what can we do with all that data.

Technology 11-14 Years old English, German

Kids TryScience

Excite kids about science with fun hands-on experiments!

Technology 6-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Let's Talk about Cyber-Bullying

Explore the dangers and signs of cyber-bullying with parents or teachers.

Health, Technology 6-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old, Adults Chinese (simplified),English,French,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Marble Ramp

Discuss engineering with students, and then lead a fun experiment that builds teamwork.

Engineering 10-13 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Math - Problem Solving in Real Life

Math problem solving techniques and real-life applications for students aged 11-14 yrs. From ½ day workshop to math clubs and/or optional preparation for math competitions.

Math 11-14 Years old English only

Math Games for Kids

Make mathematics fun with this series of games for preschool or primary school children.

Math, Science 3-5 Years old, 6-10 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Measuring Success with Outcomes

Help not-for-profit organizations learn to assess their community impact.

Social service Adults Chinese (simplified),English,French,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Medical Minecraft

Intersecting games with Cognitive Computing.

Engineering, Science, IBM Cloud account needed 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Mind Controllable Hungry Hippos

Build your own real brainwave-powered hippo game.

Engineering, Math, Science, Technology 6-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Mission: Innovation

Inspire students to consider how technology can make our world better.

Engineering, Technology 9-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Moving Atoms

Get students involved in understanding the power of atoms.

Science, Technology 7-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old English

Patent Project

Help students learn the value of ideas and how the patent process works.

Engineering, Science, Technology 10-16 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Problem Solving with Design Thinking

Introduce students to IBM Design Thinking as a problem-solving framework.

Engineering, Science, Technology 11-14 Years old, University  Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Programming a Robot for FIRST

A guide to FIRST(R) Robotics.

Engineering, Math, Science, Technology 9-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Programming Enigma

Learning cryptography with the Enigma, Java and Arduino.

Engineering, Math, Science, Technology 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Project Management Primer

Introduce not-for-profits to project management basics.

Social service Adults Chinese (simplified),English,French,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Puppy Palace Project

Introduce project management principles though an activity to build a paper dog house.

Engineering, Social service 10-18 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Puzzles Galore

Introduce engineering concepts to kids by leading a fun activity with jigsaw puzzles.

Engineering, Math 8-10 Years old, 11-12 Years old English

Recycling Machine

A challenging activity helps students understand engineering and imaginative problem-solving.

Engineering, Environment, Science 9-10 Years old, 11-13 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Running a Modern Project - Agile

Introduce the Agile methodology through fun, hands-on activities.

Engineering, Environment, Science 11-14 Years old Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

Securing the Internet of Things

An IBMCyberDay4Girls Activity Kit. Help raise cyber security awareness among students aged 11 - 14 years.

Technology 11-14 Years old English

Ski Jump for Young Engineers

Hands-On STEM - Devise and build a ramp of our simple materials. Optional exercise on planning and budgeting materials.

Engineering 6-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English,German

Solar School Mini

Take information anywhere to share via a solar-powered Wi-Fi web server.

Technology 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old, Adults English

Student Entrepreneurs

Inspire students' entrepreneurial spirit by demonstrating how ideas become businesses.

Jobs/Workforce development, Social service 14-19 Years old English

Summit Supercomputer and AI

Students will learn more about Cognitive technologies, High Performance Computing, the Artificial Intelligence Evolution and Summit, the world's fastest supercomputer

Technology Adults, 14-19 Years old English

Teaching Respect

Help teens to appreciate the importance of differences among people.

Social service 14-19 Years old English

Technology Planning Primer

Introduce not-for-profits to the basics of technology planning.

Social service Adults English

Teen Leadership

Introduce teens to the qualities of leadership and its importance in their lives.

Social service 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English, Chinese (simplified), French, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin America)

Trading Coffee with Blockchain

Lead a one-hour (or less) session that introduces participants to blockchain networks and participate in a demo game of trading coffee!

Technology 14-19 Years old English, German

Train Your Computer with Machine Learning

Introduce simple machine learning models by making games and interactive projects.

Technology, IBM Cloud account needed 9-10 Years old, 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin America)

Visual Design Service Project

This Activity Kit includes teaming across three parties. As a volunteer, you mentor a college student, work with and deliver a small graphic design to a nonprofit organization

Technology Adults English

Walking On A Cloud

This kit is intended to provide an introduction to Cloud-based programming with IBM Bluemix.

Engineering, Science, IBM Cloud account needed 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

Watson Conversation Services

Demos of real applications to show students how Watson Conversation Service works.

Technology, IBM Cloud account needed 14-19 Years old, Adults English

Website Startup

Help small organizations learn how to plan their first website.

Social service Adults English

Website Visioning

Experienced volunteers can help not-for-profit organizations improve their online presence.

Social service Adults Chinese (simplified),English,French,German,Japanese,Portuguese (Brazil),Spanish (Latin America)

What's Possible with AI - TJBot

An open source project to connect to Watson services in a fun way.

Engineering, Technology, IBM Cloud account needed 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old English

World Community Grid

Join and promote a project devoted to humanitarian research.

Social service, Technology 14-19 Years old, University, Adults English

Your First Quantum Board Game - Entanglion

Entanglion is a cooperative two-player board game designed to help better understand Quantum Computing

Technology 11-14 Years old, 14-19 Years old, University English, German