Funded Projects from 2014

12x12
$1,000 » Amizade, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

12x12, a project of Amizade, was a year of monthly convening events at the Carnegie Library of Lawrenceville showcasing organizations from The Global Switchboard to raise awareness about a particular area of the world. Meetings increased cultural competency and awareness of the U.S. role in world affairs.

2014 AAC Conference Stipend
$1,400 » MGR Youth Empowerment, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

2014 AAC Conference Stipend, a project of MGR Youth Empowerment, enabled D.S. Kinsel to attend and present at the 2014 AAC Conference in Charleston, SC from October 20th - 23rd, 2014.

2014 DML Conference Stipend
$1,500 » South Fayette Township School District, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

2014 DML Conference Stipend, a project of South Fayette Township School District, enabled Aileen Owens, Director of Technology and Innovation at South Fayette School District, to present at the 2014 DML Conference in Boston, MA from March 6-9, 2014. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. At the conference, Aileen presented a panel discussion alongside students from the South Fayette School District focusing on the development of South Fayette’s STEAM Studio and the usefulness of maker culture in creating robust learning pathways.

2014 DML Conference Stipend
$1,250 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

2014 DML Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Amos Levy, Program Manager for the Arts Greenhouse at Carnegie Mellon University, to present at the 2014 DML Conference in Boston, MA from March 6-9, 2014. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. At the conference, Amos presented on behalf of Arts Greenhouse as a part of the Mozilla Science Fair, an expo of innovative DML projects from around the country.

2014 DML Conference Stipend
$1,250 » Sarah Heinz House, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

2014 DML Conference Stipend, a project of Sarah Heinz House, enabled Paul Boone, Youth Programs Manager at Sarah Heinz House, to present at the 2014 DML Conference in Boston, MA from March 6-9, 2014. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. At the conference, Paul presented on behalf of Sarah Heinz House Media Lab as a part of the Mozilla Science Fair, an expo of innovative DML projects from around the country.

2014 DML Conference Stipend
$1,250 » YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

2014 DML Conference Stipend, a project of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, enabled Erica Pickett Renfro, Project Manager for YWCA Homewood-Brushton, to present at the 2014 DML Conference in Boston, MA from March 6-9, 2014. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. At the conference, Erica presented on behalf of YWCA TechGyrlz as a part of the Mozilla Science Fair, an expo of innovative DML projects from around the country.

2014 NAEYC Conference Stipend
$2,000 » PAEYC, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

2014 NAEYC Conference Stipend, a project of PAEYC, enabled Tanya Smith & Shimira Williams to attend and present at the 2014 NAEYC Conference in Dallas, TX from November 5 - 8th, 2014.

537 Clarion: Community Learning Workshop
$8,000 » Clarion University Foundation, 2014 Spark project support

537 Clarion: Community Learning Workshop, a project of Clarion University Foundation, provided educational and culturally-enriching opportunities for school-aged children and youth in Clarion, PA to supplement and enhance the literacy and social competencies necessary for successful learning. Offering afterschool homework help and family reading programs including workshops focused on reading, writing, art, and technological literacy, the Community Learning Workshop program provided a nurturing environment where collaborative learning, creativity, sharing, and discussion could benefit both the individuals served and the community at-large, addressing issues of literacy in Clarion and the surrounding communities that could not be fully served through traditional means such as schools and libraries.

Afronaut(a)
$9,200 » Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 2014 Seed Award project support

Afronaut(a), a project of Kelly Strayhorn Theater, was a film screening series that encouraged diverse groups of artists to experiment with forms of media that connect with the African American experience. Screenings and artist talks took place bi-weekly throughout the summer at the Kelly Strayhorn’s Alloy space on Penn Avenue, with the series ending in a two-day media festival where local and national media artists and filmmakers presented and performed at different locations around town. The series was not just about producing and consuming film as pop culture, but about connecting artists to their work and their communities, offering a window into the reality of living as a black artist in America.

The After Happy Hour Review
$1,000 » Dean Matthews, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

The After Happy Hour Review, a project of Dean Matthews, fostered a community where local writers could share experience and workshop their current writing projects. The growing group developed their own quarterly literary journal and reading series.

The Album Art of Mozelle Thompson
$3,500 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2014 Seed Award project support

The Album Art of Mozelle Thompson, a project of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation led by artist Jason Molyneaux, was a month-long exhibition of local artist Mozelle Thompson’s music album illustrations dated from 1953 to 1969. A native of Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, Thompson illustrated covers for the biggest names in jazz, blues, country and more over nearly two decades. This exhibition of his work, hosted at Most Wanted Fine Art on Penn Avenue, was the first of its kind, introducing the city’s residents to a local talent that they’d likely never heard of, but whose work they’d probably seen.

Arlington Art Workshop
$3,000 » South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, 2014 Spark project support

Arlington Art Workshop, a project of artist Kalei Smith fiscally sponsored by South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, taught young children in the Arlington community about digital cameras and media art projects such as stop-motion animation. Located at the Arlington Community Recreation Center, the project also launched a learning center and media library where a quarterly newsletter was produced by the recreation center’s youth. Supporting a growing need for enrichment programs in the Arlington neighborhood, Arlington Art Workshop was not just a place where kids can make art, but one that allowed them to experience and understand media and develop skills to produce their own.

Arsenal 360 Night
$1,000 » Lawrenceville United, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Arsenal 360 Night, a project of Lawrenceville United, was a multicultural night at Arsenal Elementary and Middle Schools highlighting the “everyday Pittsburgh families” within the school community, who represented 20 different countries and even more cultures. Through participant-led programming including song, dance, stories, and other mediums the school celebrated its diverse population and educate the neighboring community.

The Art Articulate
$1,000 » Meghan Stone Olson, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

The Art Articulate, a project of Meghan Stone Olson, was a regional online publication that enriched the critical dialogue surrounding Pittsburgh area arts. Art Articulate featured reviews of exhibitions and events as well as periodic interviews and studio visits. The publication delved into not only the local arts scene but into the lives of the artists themselves, spotlighting the region’s art and the people who made it.

Art & Social Robot Therapy
$10,000 » Fine Art Miracles, Inc., 2014 Spark project support

Art & Social Robot Therapy, a project of Fine Art Miracles, Inc. in association with Origami Robotics, was an art and social therapy camp for children aged 10 and under with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. The collaborative camp used sensory-adaptable robots like Origami Robotics’ Romibo to connect with children on the autism spectrum and teach them self-expression through art. These robots addressed the individual sensory needs of an individual and were used by universities across the nation in the domains of autism, traumatic brain injury, dementia and education. Lesson plans using these robots were developed by Fine Art Miracles and were produced into apps that could be shared and implemented globally.

Arts Education Partnership Forum
$1,500 » Arts Education Partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

Arts Education Partnership Forum, a project of Arts Education Partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, was a two-day forum that attracted hundreds of local, state, and national leaders in the worlds of arts and education. Featuring keynotes, receptions, interactive workshops and tours of arts-based learning programs across the region, the Arts Education Partnership Forum was a major national event touching down in Pittsburgh. The Forum took place on September 11 & 12 at the Marriott City Center downtown, and reached an estimated audience of 300 participants.

ARYSE Pittsburgh
$1,000 » ARYSE, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

ARYSE Pittsburgh, a project of ARYSE, created a coalition of stakeholders that represented immigrant youth involving partnerships of 3 college organizations. ARYSE developed a youth retreat, a 2-day conference, monthly meetings, trainings for youth leaders and college organizations, and advocacy events to teach Pittsburghers about the vibrant communities that sculpt the city’s global identity.

Bigshot Photography Workshop
$2,500 » Mad Science of Pittsburgh, 2014 Spark project support

Bigshot Photography Workshop, a project of Mad Science of Pittsburgh, was a summer camp for 4th graders at Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy that let children explore the science of photography as they built their own camera, and then took, edited and printed photos. By giving campers access to a digital camera, along with the skills to build and use it, Big Shot Photography provided a tool for self-expression not only through art but through electrical engineering, computer science and mechanics as well. At the end of the camp, the students’ photographs were part of a two-day exhibition open to friends and family.

BikeFest 2014
$500 » BikePGH, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

BikeFest 2014, a project of BikePGH, was an annual celebration of bike culture in Pittsburgh. The festival included dozens of events and activities, including bike tours, Pedal PGH and a Bike PGH Party, bringing out hundreds of cyclists and bike lovers from around the city. BikeFest 2014 took place from August 8 through August 24th all over the city and reached an approximate audience of 3500 people.

Build Your Own Desk Project
$5,000 » Holy Family Institute, 2014 Hive project support

Build Your Own Desk Project, a project of Holy Family Institute, allowed ninth grade students at Holy Family Academy to build their own desks to be used throughout their high school career. The project provided students an opportunity to develop hard skills (designing & building), soft skills (teamwork & communication) and dispositions (self-confidence & persistence), preparing students for high school with the skills needed to succeed - and a desk to do it with! The Build Your Own Desk Project partnered with the PA Carpenter’s Union, the United Way of Allegheny County and TechShop Pittsburgh, giving students a well-rounded, professional experience to kick off their educations at Holy Family.

Bulldogs on Bikes
$12,000 » The Neighborhood Academy, 2014 Hive project support

Bulldogs on Bikes, a project of The Neighborhood Academy, was a cycling program that allowed low-income, underserved students to participate in cyclocross activities that would be otherwise financially prohibitive. The program had both athletic and artistic aspects, not only teaching students about the cyclocross and other cycle racing, but also allowing them to design, build and decorate their own bike which they could keep at the completion of the program. In that, Bulldogs on Bikes promoted both physical and mental well-being, encouraging teens to be active in sport and in art.

Café Con Leche
$7,500 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2014 Seed Award project support

Café Con Leche, a project of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation led by Tara Sherry-Torres, was a series of events that focused on and promoted the social, artistic and cultural topics relevant to Latino and Latin American culture. Each event featured authentic food, art and entertainment, and invited both Latino and non-Latino residents of Pittsburgh to see the growing Latino community as part of the city’s cultural fabric. The series of events ran from September 2014 to July 2015, providing a fun and informative gathering place for people of all backgrounds to better understand Pittsburgh’s Latino culture.

Children’s Play Space
$10,000 » The Andy Warhol Museum, 2014 Spark project support

Children’s Play Space, a project of The Andy Warhol Museum, supported research, design, and programming for a new children’s play space to be located adjacent to The Warhol Factory studio on the underground level of the museum.

Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust
$8,500 » The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 2014 Seed Award project support

Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust, a project of The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, was an original comic book based on the real life stories of Pittsburgh area resistance fighters and liberators. Developed in collaboration with the ToonSeum, Chutz-Pow! honored and commemorated Pittsburgh area survivors, partisans and liberators of the Holocaust and World War II as it promoted Holocaust education and awareness. Upon completion, the comic was showcased at Pittsburgh ComiCon and made available online for schools, organizations and institutions to use as an educational resource for teaching about the Holocaust and its heroes through non-conventional methods.

City of Learning 2014 Open Badges Pilot Projects
$20,000 via 19 grants, 2014 City of Learning project support

Pittsburgh City of Learning 2014 Open Badges Pilot Projects enabled young people to take new paths of discovery, explore the city’s rich resources, and find out what they can learn, make, do, and ultimately become. The 20 selected Kids+Creativity Network organizations published their summer learning experiences through a new online platform; created open digital badges that recognized skills, competencies, knowledge, and positive habits; and, joined a cohort of innovative learning organizations from across the United States working at the leading edge during the summer of 2014.

Community ArtLab
$500 » Mattress Factory, 2014 Hive sponsorship

Community ArtLab, a project of Mattress Factory, was a summer learning event series that introduced young children to local artists and educators and enabled them to engage in hands-on, creative activities. The museum hosted two different courses that reached a total of 40 young children.

Community Mixtape Project
$15,000 » Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, 2014 Hive project support

Community Mixtape Project, a project of Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, was a recording studio and media production workshop that empowered tweens and teens through connected learning with creative writing and music. Youth at the WC&S were given an opportunity to conceptualize, create, and produce podcasts, chapbooks, and digital mixtapes using professional recording equipment during monthly workshops. WC&S staff and volunteers received training to facilitate ongoing writing, recording, and podcasting projects, creating a sustainable program of empowerment and education that could act as a resource for underserved shelter residents for years to come.

Cook, Grow, Garden
$15,000 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2014 Hive project support

Cook, Grow, Garden, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, was a series of three youth-oriented programs that all focused on food. The first two programs, Youth Cook and Youth Grow, both invited students to work with food grown in the Museum’s four on-site and community gardens, teaching them about cultivation and cooking, from recipe writing to floral arranging. The third program, Tripoli Street Garden Nights/Days, was a twice-weekly volunteer gardening experience at the Museum’s largest garden, a quarter acre lot on Tripoli Street named Food City. Together, these three programs gave youth on the North Side an opportunity to learn about where their food comes from and how they can make more informed decisions about the things they cook and eat.

Cooperation over Competition
$1,000 » Ujamaa Collective, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Cooperation Over Competition, a project of Ujamaa Collective, was a workshop series that promoted community cooperative economic business models. The project exposed Pittsburghers to new and diverse practices, traditional economic models, arts, culture, food, and increase the conversation around the African diaspora.

COSN Delegation (Singapore)
$2,000 » Hampton Township School District, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

COSN Delegation (Singapore), a project of Hampton Township School District, enabled Ed McKaveney, Technology Director at Hampton Township School District, to participate in the CoSN senior level delegation to Singapore on behalf of the Kids+Creativity Network. CoSN was committed to a global dialogue focused on the strategic uses of technology in education, believing that effective use of technology requires a global understanding and perspective, and can be accomplished through meetings, delegations, and collaborative efforts with global thought-leaders.

Creative Arts Summer Day Camp
$500 » Focus on Renewal, 2014 Spark sponsorship

Creative Arts Summer Day Camp, a project of Focus on Renewal, provided disadvantaged youth in the Sto-Rox area with opportunities to learn about arts and technology through activities like audio recording, digital photography and computer programming. With help from Brightside Academy and the Father Ryan Arts Center, the program ran summer weekdays, engaging children ages 6-12 and their families.

Crossing Fences Oral History Celebrations 2014
$1,500 » SLB Radio Productions, Inc., 2014 Hive sponsorship

Crossing Fences Oral History Celebrations 2014, a project of SLB Radio Productions, convened youth and adult participants of SLB’s Crossing Fences Oral History program to celebrate the completion of the program. Approximately 300 people attended the series of four events during November 2014.

Crossroads: An Oral History
$6,300 » Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2014 Seed Award project support

Crossroads: An Oral History, a project of Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts led by Yvonne McBride, was a compilation of storytelling sessions that celebrated the cultural and musical legacy of Pittsburgh’s Hill District from 1930’s – 1950’s, during the golden era of Jazz. Through a series of one-on-one interviews, elders of the Hill District community and noted Pittsburgh musicians shared personal memories, folklore stories, and lively anecdotes, painting an intimate portrait of what the community was like during this time period.

dadpranks PrankBooth
$1,000 » Elina Malkin, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

dadpranks PrankBooth, a project of Elina Malkin, was a mobile interactive digital photography studio that was set up in various spaces of the July 4th weekend in 2015. dadpranks brought the PrankBooth to Pittsburgh restaurants, lobbies, and other unconventionally perceived ‘art’ venues as a tool for public engagement, inviting the community to “Prank,” or create artworks using conventional objects based on a post-internet aesthetic.

Day Room Window
$6,000 » The New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts, 2014 Seed Award project support

Day Room Window, a project of The New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts, was a new original play authored by Bonnie Cohen that told the story of nine adolescent girls incarcerated as adults in a women’s prison. Drawn from true experience, the play explores each women’s lives, their journeys toward self-discovery and the possibility of salvation, while advocating for social justice. The play tackled a number of difficult social issues, from the incarceration of youth to the importance and power of having a caring adult in their lives, with University of Pitt professor and authority on juvenile justice, Jeff Shook, as a key partner in the production. The play, along with the community engagement it served to build, spoke to the fact that young people are capable of profound change, if only given the opportunity and guidance.

Deutschtown Music Festival
$1,000 » East Allegheny Community Council, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Deutschtown Music Festival, a project of East Allegheny Community Council, was a community arts and entertainment event in the central North Side that supported and promoted Pittsburgh’s live music scene. With over 50 local bands performing all day long at a dozen venues, the event was designed to appeal to families and community members drawn from a citywide audience.

Digital Badging for Early Childhood Educators
$25,000 » Fred Rogers Center, 2014 Remake Learning research

Digital Badging for Early Childhood Educators, a project of Fred Rogers Center, worked to develop and recognize 21st Century workforce skills for early childhood educators by creating, managing, evaluating and sustaining a digital badging ecosystem for professional development and credentialing. As digital badging became an ever more present tool of the modern learning landscape, the Fred Rogers Center capitalized on the movement to support and empower early childhood educators through a series of professional development programs that were incentivized by the earning of digital badges expressing expertise in specific fields and competencies.

Digital Corps Host Sites 2014
$16,500 via 31 grants, 2014 Digital Corps project support

The Remake Learning Digital Corps host sites brought together educators, makers, technologists, and students to promote digital literacy in out-of-school time settings. The initiative, a partnership with Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), provided technology training and professional development to Digital Corps members, who were then placed in APOST-approved out-of-school sites. In 2014, the Digital Corps worked with 31 host sites.

Digital Corps Mentorship Handbook
$1,325 » The Mentoring Partnership of SWPA, 2014 Digital Corps project support

Digital Corps Mentorship Handbook, a project of The Mentoring Partnership of SWPA, compiled a handbook of relevant written material on best practices toward the temporary mentorship of small groups. This is project enabled The Mentoring Partnership of SWPA to provide Digital Corps members with trainings on mentorship practices.

DILA Conference Stipend
$750 » Cornell School District, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

DILA Conference Stipend, a project of Cornell School District, enabled Aaron Thomas, Superintendent at Cornell School District, to attend the Digital Innovation and Learning Awards event in Mountain View, CA as part of a small delegation from Cornell School District. EdSurge and Digital Promise partnered to create the first annual ‘‘Digital Innovation in Learning Awards’’ (DILAs), a joint effort to celebrate accomplishments in edtech, and more importantly, how it’s being accomplished.

Diverse Mothering Initiative
$7,500 » The Kingsley Association, 2014 Seed Award project support

Diverse Mothering Initiative, a project of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas fiscally sponsored by the Kingsley Association, was a program focused on diversifying what motherhood looked like in the Pittsburgh region by assisting minority mothers in developing their own methods for effective nurturing. Over a series of events aimed at mothers of color between the ages of 20 and 35, the program tackled issues like family literacy, co-parenting, family planning, educational achievement, and diversity.

DML 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,100 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

DML 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Jessica Kaminsky, Co-director of Hear Me at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, to present at the 2014 DML Conference in Boston, MA from March 6-9, 2014. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. At the conference, Jessica presented on behalf of Hear Me as part of the theme, “Beyond Youth Voice: Transforming Adults, Youth, and Systems for Inclusive Social Change”.

Early Childhood Professional Development Conference
$1,500 » PAEYC, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

Early Childhood Professional Development Conference, a project of PAEYC, enabled Sue Polojac, Director of Programming, and a team of 6 additional PAEYC staff members to attend the NAEYC 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development conference in Minneapolis, MN, from June 8-11, 2014. At the conference, Sue Polojac presented in two workshops: Engaging Families in Today’s Technology and Digital Media Age, and Integrating Digital Media Literacy and Technology into Early Childhood Standards and Practice.

Environmental Entrepreneurs
$11,000 » Pennsylvania Resources Council, 2014 Hive project support

Environmental Entrepreneurs, a project of Pennsylvania Resources Council, was a program targeted at eleventh-grade students on the Environmental track at Pittsburgh’s SciTech Academy. The program encouraged students to actively engage in finding solutions for local environmental problems including watershed issues, environmental toxins, urban habitat, and waste reduction. Students used this knowledge to create products or innovative ideas for use in the community or by local nonprofits.

Environmental Justice through Arts & Technology
$13,000 » MGR Youth Empowerment, 2014 Hive project support

Environmental Justice through Arts & Technology, a project of MGR Youth Empowerment, addressed the issue of environmental justice by placing youth in leadership roles in their communities and schools. Using various arts mediums, with a strong focus on digital media, youth advocated for policy changes on issues of sustainability affecting their lives. Teaming up with local schools including PPS University Prep in the Hill District, the program encouraged an exploration of the environmental stewardship movement and activism in environmental justice, prompting students to develop awareness campaigns and become deeply involved in the stewardship and positive growth of their communities.

Experiential Education Pilot
$3,000 » The Pittsburgh Project, 2014 Spark project support

Experiential Education Pilot, a project of The Pittsburgh Project, was a play-based curriculum used for effective learning experiences in out-of-school spaces. Taking best practices from Waldorf, Montessori and other private institutions, the Experiential Education Pilot engaged children in creative problem solving and structured playtime to encourage experimentation in an educational setting. The Pittsburgh Project redesigned two classrooms and provided training on creative play to seasonal employees and teachers, monitoring behavior changes in the children playing there to examine how to extend the pilot program to more learning spaces around the city.

Family Tent Activities at First Night
$1,500 » Assemble, 2014 Spark sponsorship

Family Tent Activities at First Night, a project of Assemble, was part of Pittsburgh’s 2013 New Year’s Eve celebration downtown. Housed in the First National Bank Family Tent, Assemble lead craft activities for youth and families to make LED bracelets. Teaching 3,000 participants about basic circuitry, the program provided both education and entertainment during the festivities, while also introducing newcomers to the city’s many maker activity opportunities. Family Tent Activities at First Night took place on December 31, 2013.

FEAST on Good
$750 » The Saxifrage School, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

FEAST on Good, a project of The Saxifrage School, was the Pittsburgh-specific arm of the national FEAST Conference, which annually gathered remarkable entrepreneurs, radicals, doers and thinkers who brought their talents to the table to make life better. At the conference for makers and visionaries, speakers didn’t just speak: they challenged the audience with some of the most important and ambitious issues in the world; and attendees didn’t just sit back: they rolled up their sleeves and created solutions in response. Involvement in Pittsburgh featured a global conversation between learning leaders via Twitter about why it is so hard to turn what you learn at school into real-world skills.

First Night Make-N-Take
$1,500 » Assemble, 2014 Spark sponsorship

First Night Make-N-Take, a project of Assemble, provided an evening of hands-on STEAM & Maker learning activities for up to 3,000 children, youth, and families attending First Night Celebrations in downtown Pittsburgh on December 31, 2014.

First Take: Mobile Media Classroom
$12,000 » Dreams of Hope, 2014 Spark project support

First Take: Mobile Media Classroom, a project of Dreams of Hope, was an art education experience that offered low-cost, high-quality media art making to young students. Offered through Pittsburgh area arts organizations, the program was a collaborative effort between Dreams of Hope, its fiscal sponsor, and Gateway to the Arts teaching artist Paul Kruse. It brought learning 21st Century skills and media literacy to students through the creation of short animations, videos, sounds and images. With each arts-integrated residency that took place in an area grade school or middle school, students were exposed to new ways of thinking about technology and media creation and taught not only to create, but to understand how to seize control of their own experiences in our media-saturated world.

First Waves
$5,000 » Paddle Without Pollution, 2014 Hive project support

First Waves, a project of Paddle Without Pollution in partnership with SurfSUP Adventures, taught teens facing adversity about surfing, filmmaking and conservation all at once. Teens recruited from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh took paddleboards out to surf the Stonycreek River at Greenhouse Park, using GoPro cameras to document their adventures. Then, the project moved downtown for a river clean-up event on the shores of the City of Pittsburgh with further filming. Finally, on the project’s third day, teens visited Pittsburgh Filmmakers for a video editing workshop to complete their short films about how pollution threatens our waterways and our community’s quality of life.

FlipCon 14
$1,000 » Flipped Learning Network, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

FlipCon 14, a project of Flipped Learning Network, was an annual conference that focused on engaging students by “flipping” instruction and putting learners in charge of their own education, bringing together nearly 70 keynotes, panels, and presentations by Flipped Learning practitioners. The 7th annual event took place at the Mars Area School District, reaching an audience of approximately 500 conference attendees and 500 additional virtual participants.

flipDESK
$5,000 » Chartiers Valley School District, 2014 Hive project support

flipDESK, a project of Chartiers Valley School District, was a project focused on providing a compelling solution for the current intersection of technology and learning in educational environments. Led by a team of high school students, the flipDesk prototype offered educational institutions a cost-effective, durable, multi-functional student desk that combined both a traditional desk workspace with a powerful, built-in, touch interface computer with cloud-based content connectivity. Through a prototyping experience, participating youth took a product idea through the entire process of research and development, building and manufacturing, testing, refining, and, finally presenting to the public. The prototype building experience also provided fellow students with educational opportunities as they assisted with photo documentation, parts manufacturing, product testing, and generation of informational and promotional materials.

For the Birds
$1,000 » Tucker Marder, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

For the Birds, a project of artists Dan Allende and Tucker Marder, was a two-night performance featuring a stunning combination of video, live music, puppetry and live birds. Produced in collaboration with the National Aviary to celebrate National Migratory Bird Day, the performance was a visual symphony where the movements of the birds dictated the direction of the show. With an aim to inspire audiences to appreciate the importance and beauty of our natural world, For the Birds presented the Aviary’s feathered friends in a way they’ve never been seen before, as they conducted the music and choreography of the show with their actions.

Fred Chats
$2,500 » Fred Rogers Center, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

Fred Chats, a project of Fred Rogers Center, was a platform for fresh voices working to improve the lives of children, coinciding with the 2014 Fred Forward Conference. Fred Chats gave young people a chance to give fifteen-minute talks on the conference’s opening night, focusing on Great Ideas, Great Causes or Great Legacies and inspired by the innovative spirit, passion and values of Fred Rogers. As a generation of kids who grew up with Mr. Rogers, the young Fred Chatters offer a great insight into where learning is now headed as they themselves become the educators and parents of the next generation of early learners.

From Camp to Care
$1,000 » Keep it Real, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

From Camp to Care, a project of Keep it Real, was a simulation targeted at university students that addressed their lack of understanding and knowledge about refugees worldwide. The focus was on the experience inside of refugee camps as advised by Keep it Real’s connections within the Somali refugee population of Pittsburgh. Follow-on activities and a potluck event were used to further dialogue and learning.

From Co-Op to Cup: Conversations over Coffee
$1,000 » Building New Hope, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

From Co-Op to Cup - Conversations over Coffee, a project of Building New Hope, was a series of pop-up coffee tent events connecting the coffee farmers of El Porvenir, Nicaragua to Pittsburgh consumers through videoconferencing technology. The project encouraged consumers to contemplate the source of their products and to make informed decisions.

From Note to Finish
$12,000 » Ion Sound Project, 2014 Hive project support

From Note to Finish, a project of IONsound Project, supported music students from North Allegheny and Pittsburgh CAPA high schools in collaborative composition and performance of their own music both in their schools and in the community. Students were mentored by Pittsburgh-based professional composers and educators in a student-led, collaborative learning environment.

Games 4 Change
$1,000 » Michelle King, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

Games 4 Change, a project of Michelle King, enabled Michelle King, a teacher at the Environmental Charter School, to present at the Games 4 Change Festival 2014 in New York City from April 22 – 26, 2014. Games 4 Change was an annual conference that facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games. Michelle was working to create equitable and empathetic learning opportunities for students throughout the Pittsburgh area and participated in the Remake Learning: Live From Pittsburgh panel discussion with Gregg Behr of the Grable Foundation, Cathy Lewis Long of The Sprout Fund, and Drew Davidson of the Entertainment Technology Center at CMU.

Games Learning Society Conference
$1,500 » Social Entertainment Technologies, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

Games Learning Society Conference, a project of Social Entertainment Technologies, enabled Gary Gardiner, creator of Dream Flight Adventures, to represent Pittsburgh and Dream Flight Adventures as part of a Working Examples presentation that took place on Thursday, June 12 at the Games Learning Society (GLS) conference in Madison Wisconsin. GLS delved into how videogames captured our imaginations, how their power could be used to transform learning, and what this engaging medium meant for society. Gary presented about Dream Flight Adventures and its spin-off product Mission Ops, particularly to describe the creative design process and approach to scaling this exciting program to classrooms nationwide.

Gardweeno
$5,000 » North Braddock Cares, Inc., 2014 Hive project support

Gardweeno, a project of North Braddock Cares, Inc., was a living component of the child-centered Recycle Park in North Braddock that let local youth design, build, learn, grow and eat together. Creating and maintaining a garden of their own, teens used soil and atmospheric sensors connected to Teensy micro-computers that offered a digital pathway for data collection to complement and quantify their observations. Digging and planting, Teensy programming and graphic design, community lessons and blogging—Gardweeno presented them all to the youth of Braddock, as they share their hard work with the community around them.

Garfield Night Market
$1,000 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Garfield Night Market, a project of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, stimulated the local economy of Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood by supporting the participation of neighborhood entrepreneurs. The Market worked to make Garfield more visible to the city as a family-friendly, safe environment for local vendors and other city residents to mix.

Gender-Neutral Learn-to-Sew
$1,000 » Jennifer Gooch, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Gender-Neutral Learn-to-Sew, a project of Jennifer Gooch, hosted a series of monthly gender neutral sewing nights at her WERK studio in Lawrenceville. Neighbors joined together to learn about basic mechanisms, proper threading and tensioning, and even a little bit of history of the sewing machine.

GigaPlanning
$10,000 » ASSET STEM Education, 2014 Remake Learning project support

GigaPlanning, a project of ASSET STEM Education, used GigaPan photography and images to introduce technology concepts to students through interactive, hands-on activities that promoted interest in STEM subjects. Developed in part by Carnegie Mellon University and NASA, GigaPan technology allowed users to take and explore ultra-high resolution photographs and share them online in a cooperative community. ASSET STEM Education’s GigaPlanning program educated teachers through professional development workshops about the technology and how to implement it in the classroom to teach students about robotics, digital photography and computer technology. The lesson plans that program participants developed were then archived and shared with other educators in future workshops and online, helping to build an infrastructure for learning with the interactive technology.

Global Blueprint
$1,000 » World Affairs Council, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Global Blueprint, a project of the World Affairs Council, was a “think-do” workshop featuring the region’s political officials, private sector and non-profit executives, and other stakeholders addressing the international vision of Pittsburgh. The intellect, experience, and creativity of key players were leveraged to produce an action plan for the metro area to compete and collaborate on a global level.

Global Game Jam 2015
$1,000 » Pittsburgh IGDA, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

Global Game Jam 2015, an event of the Pittsburgh International Game Developers Association, was a local video game design event in coordination with similar events around the world. Over two days, more than 150 participants including college students, game professionals, and high school students worked together to design and playtest video games.

The Global Switchboard Service Academy
$1,000 » Global Solutions Pittsburgh, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

The Global Switchboard Service Academy, a project of Global Solutions Pittsburgh, was a 2-day training program that taught college students how to engage in meaningful community service both at home in Pittsburgh and abroad. By going through these training sessions, students were asked to challenge the notion that global matters are distant and irrelevant to Pittsburgh.

Global Voices
$3,500 » South Hills Interfaith Movement, 2014 Hive project support

Global Voices, a project of South Hills Interfaith Movement, connected teens in the South Hills Interfaith Ministries Refugee Mentoring Program with instructors from Pittsburgh Filmmakers to learn the basics of filmmaking. The youth used these skills to tell their own stories about the experience of living as a refugee in Pittsburgh. The completed films debuted at the Whitehall Public Library, inviting the public to examine their understanding of the refugee experience and how it affects a unique and growing population living in our community.

Glorious Group Stories
$12,000 » Fractured Atlas, 2014 Spark project support

Glorious Group Stories, a project of The Literary Arts Boom, was a collaborative and creative workshop for elementary school students to create and publish books. The storytelling project was led by LAB storytellers, an artist, and a typist, who helped students bring their stories to life for a fictional publisher, Mr. Ampersand. The focus of Glorious Group Stories was for students to experience the joy of writing and see that it was more than just a classroom task or an element of their homework; the program offered a memorable and creative activity that excited students about reading and writing while it built their confidence as content producers. Fractured Atlas served as the project’s fiscal sponsor.

Handbook for Student Voice
$5,000 » The Saxifrage School, 2014 Remake Learning project support

Handbook for Student Voice, a project of The Saxifrage School, was the final project of Timothy Cook’s 2013 Remake Learning Fellowship. This living resource document gave students greater agency in their education. The handbook was represented in both print and digital formats as an open-ended, remixable resource created through open-source means for students and teachers alike to examine their learning practices, while at the same time providing structure to the new and innovative method of learning for which it plans. The Handbook explores how the education system works and what educational reforms concerning policy, technology and pedagogy can be made to improve it for future generations, making sure to give students a powerful voice in these decisions that affect them so greatly.

Handmade Arcade 2014
$1,000 » Handmade Arcade, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Handmade Arcade 2014, a project of Handmade Arcade, was an annual marketplace and fair for independent crafts people. The event was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, attracting more than 9,000 attendees and 150 vendors.

High School Outdoor Learning Environment (H.O.L.E.) Uniontown
$15,000 » Uniontown Area School District, 2014 Hive project support

High School Outdoor Learning Environment (H.O.L.E.) Uniontown, a project of Uniontown Area School District, provided a high quality outdoor environment in the courtyard of the Uniontown High School. The project modeled and incorporated the principles of universal designs for learning, creating a flexible space that accommodated individual learning differences and increased students’ access to hands-on STEAM concepts.

Hilltop Maker’s Celebration and Showcase
$500 » YMCA Greater Pittsburgh (Hilltop), 2014 Hive sponsorship

Hilltop Maker’s Celebration and Showcase, a project of YMCA Greater Pittsburgh (Hilltop), was a Maker Party event that occured at the Hilltop Computer Center in Knoxville on Thursday, August 7, 2014 and engaged approximately 150 youth participants in hands-on making and digital learning activities.

Homewood Educational Apiary
$1,000 » Burgh Bees, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Homewood Educational Apiary, a project of Burgh Bees, was an extension of the Burgh Bees Community Apiary, located in the neighborhood of Homewood, from a member-oriented club space to an engaging, educational public space where anyone could come to learn about pollinator insects and sustainable agriculture. The Educational Apiary invited visitors to learn about native plants and pollinators, beekeeping and habitats through garden tours, events, and educational programs. From elementary school classes to community groups to individual visitors, everyone was invited to the Homewood Educational Apiary to learn more about the world around them.

Inviting Ideas, Inspiring Innovation
$2,500 » PAEYC, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

Inviting Ideas, Inspiring Innovation, a project of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), was the 2014 convening of PAEYC’s biennial conference, a two-day event for educators, researchers, advocates and others serving young children. The event featured a Curiosity Hall, a showcase of nearly 30 organizations from the Kids+Creativity Network.

Iron Garden Walk
$5,000 » Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, 2014 Seed Award project support

Iron Garden Walk, a project of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in partnership with Penn State Master Gardeners, was a dynamic educational project made up of interpretive iron plaques that led walkers through the Carrie Furnaces’ grounds, introducing topics of sustainability and living laboratories through a comprehensive plant survey. The Iron Garden Walk helped present the historical Carrie Furnaces as more than just a defunct industrial site, but rather as a living entity, changing with the seasons, where visitors can be engaged in both the site’s history and its ecology.

ISTE 2014 Conference Stipend
$900 » Arts Education Collaborative, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

ISTE 2014 Conference Stipend - Arts Education Collaborative, a project of Arts Education Collaborative, enabled Jamie Kasper, Associate Director of Arts Education Collaborative, to attend the 2014 International Society for Technology Education Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA from June 28 – July 1, 2014. The annual ISTE Conference provided a forum to learn, exchange ideas, and survey the field of cutting-edge educational technology. At the conference, Jamie led a Special Interest Group for Arts Educators and moderated a panel session with the staff of the Arts Education Partnership.

Jazz is…
$1,000 » Helena Shorter Alston, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Jazz is…, a project of Helena Shorter Alston, featured live webcasts and demonstrations with prominent world-renowned jazz musicians who lived and worked in the Pittsburgh music community. As part of an online master class, Jazz Is… was geared toward elementary and middle school students and their music teachers.

Jazz is Life: Summer at the Guild
$1,000 » Manchester Craftsmens Guild, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Jazz is Life: Summer at the Guild, a project of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, was a summer music series that showcased jazz in non-traditional ways. With its mission to share jazz with a broader, younger audience, Jazz is Life’s summer events married live jazz music with yoga, hip-hop and more. The program entertained and educated new audiences about the history and culture of the emotionally expressive genre of music, presenting it as a living soundtrack to the world, not just a throwback to a bygone age.

Keep Pittsburgh Global Campaign
$1,000 » GlobalPittsburgh, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Keep Pittsburgh Global Campaign, a project of GlobalPittsburgh, was a series of events and activities where conversations were elicited from foreign-born and native Pittsburgh residents. The conversations were video- and photo- documented to support the project’s goal of increasing the connections to and understanding of global engagement in Pittsburgh.

Kickstarting Making
$1,000 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

Kickstarting Making, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, was an informal speaking event featuring Yancey Strickler, one of the co-founders and the CEO of Kickstarter. Strickler spoke about his experiences in crowd-funding, its connection to making and makers, and the potential to fund maker spaces nationwide using Kickstarter as a civic engagement tool. The event took place on Monday, July 21 and attracted approximately 50 people.

The Lemonade Project
$5,000 » ArtUp, 2014 Spark project support

The Lemonade Project, a project of ArtUp, enlightened and empowered youth through the use of science, art and activism. Using a CATFISH digital apparatus to measure water quality, young students tested the drinking water in six of the county’s neighborhoods. They then publicized their findings in neighborhood “lemonade stands” to inspire concern about pollution in our water. With help from the Mattress Factory and Alloy Studios, students built the lemonade stands that were used in the city’s parks, museums and neighborhoods to spread the word.

Maker Party at Assemble
$500 » Assemble, 2014 Hive sponsorship

Maker Party at Assemble, a project of Assemble, was an outer-spaced themed maker party inviting people of all ages to celebrate the growing DIY maker culture in Pittsburgh. Attendees had a chance to create their own planet, use Mozilla Webmaker to make an online space exploration journal, and produce images in a rocketship photobooth. The event took place at Assemble and engaged approximately 70 people.

The Maker’s Place: Maker Party
$500 » Bible Center Church, Inc., 2014 Hive sponsorship

The Maker’s Place: Maker Party, a project of Bible Center Church, Inc., was the end of summer celebration for teens at The Maker’s Place. The teens and mentors sold the products they created. Maker Party was held at Bible Center’s W.A.R.M. (worship, arts, recreation, and ministry) Center in August 2014.

Making at the Digital Technology Lab
$15,000 » Carnegie Library of Homestead, 2014 Hive project support

Making at the Digital Technology Lab, a project of Carnegie Library of Homestead, partnered with organizations like Assemble, The Labs @ CLP, CMU’s Robotics Academy and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences to mentor teens through making opportunities. Through teaching students to learn by doing, the emphasis of the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s maker programming was on merging creativity with science, resulting in diverse and inventive skill sets that benefited students in their eventual careers. With maker programming existing all over Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library of Homestead institutionalized this innovative form of informal learning and brought it to the teens of Homestead and its surrounding communities, benefiting both the students and the communities themselves.

Media Empowerment Student Summit (M.E.S.S.)
$5,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Hive project support

Media Empowerment Student Summit (M.E.S.S.), a project of Hear Me at Carnegie Mellon University, was a student summit hosted by Hear Me and partners that brought youth media, advocacy, and development groups together at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon. The M.E.S.S. featured learning tracks on media and making, the power of voice, agency, and civic participation, and demonstrations. At the Summit youth were given a chance to lead many of the workshops, present their methodologies, build consensus, and share media practices among one another and strategic adults.

Mindful Making
$5,000 » University of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning project support

Mindful Making, a project of University of Pittsburgh, was the final project of Leanne Bowler’s 2013 Remake Learning Fellowship. The project leveraged Pittsburgh’s place as a leading connected learning and maker education hub with research into the critical practices of the making movement, using design challenges to identify a set of reflexive questions that better explore the reaches of making and mentorship on the whole.

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend
$2,000 » The Saxifrage School, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of The Saxifrage School, enabled Tim Cook, Executive Director of The Saxifrage School, to attend MozFest 2014 and participate in discussions about digital badges. MozFest was Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators, and creators united to hack on innovative solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Jessica Kaminski of the Hear Me Project at CMU to attend MozFest 2014, lead a Maker Party session at the event, and participate in conversations about Hive learning networks. MozFest was Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators, and creators united to hack on innovative solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

MozFest 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, enabled Corey Wittig of The Labs @ CLP (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) to attend MozFest 2014, lead a Maker Party session at the event, and participate in conversations about digital badges and Hive learning networks. MozFest was Mozilla’s annual, hands-on festival dedicated to forging the future of the open web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators, and creators united to hack on innovative solutions for the web’s most pressing issues.

MozFest 2014 Project Showcase
$3,000 » The Andy Warhol Museum, 2014 Hive project support

MozFest 2014 Project Showcase, a project of The Andy Warhol Museum, created a facilitated Collecting Youth Culture (CYC) station at the Maker Party for MozFest in London. The project invited participants to join youth across the globe exploring art, culture, and global affairs. Through digital and hands-on making, the youth were part of efforts to connect teens globally by sharing their views on time, love, fame, art, beauty, and work. Participants printed one-of-a-kind CYC bandanas and notebooks on a mobile silkscreen station, and created and shared their own open-source time-capsules using a scanner and CYC blog.

Multimodality Problem-Solution Roundtable & Comic
$5,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning project support

Multimodality Problem-Solution Roundtable & Comic, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, was the final project William Penman’s 2013 Remake Learning Fellowship. The project involved a series of roundtable discussions where the subject of multimodal literacy was broached with teachers of youth in Pittsburgh’s libraries, science centers, and afterschool programs. The findings of these roundtable discussions, bolstered by Penman’s own academic research paper on the topic, was then translated into a large, narrative, infographic-style cartoon to be shared freely online as a resource for learning about the issues inherent in multimodal learning and how to work to answer them.

NAEA Convention Stipend
$1,500 » Mattress Factory, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

NAEA Convention Stipend, a project of Mattress Factory, enabled Felice Cleveland, Director of Education at the Mattress Factory, to present at the 2014 National Art Education Association Convention in San Diego, CA from March 28-31, 2014. The annual NAEA Convention was the largest art education convention in the world, providing substantive professional development services to improve visual arts instruction in American schools. At the convention, Felice participated in a panel discussion on the topic “Partners in Art: Museums and Artists Working Together to Create Experiences for Multi-Generational Audiences.”

NMC Summer Conference
$900 » Bible Center Church, Inc., 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

NMC Summer Conference, a project of Bible Center Church, Inc., enabled Jomari Peterson, Manager of Community and Economic Development at The Maker’s Place, to present at the NMC Summer Conference on behalf of the Digital Corps with Dustin Stiver of The Sprout Fund and Mila Yochum of APOST.

NMC Summer Conference Stipend
$2,000 » Duquesne University, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

NMC Summer Conference Stipend, a project of Duquesne University, enabled Jordan Mroziak and Lisa Hoak, Director and Co-director of Take Part, to present at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference. The NMC Conference convened each year to focus on technologies, trends and challenges that were making a huge impact on teaching and learning. At the conference, Jordan and Lisa hosted two presentations: a break-out session focused on engaging students by leveraging culturally relevant technologies; and a featured session that investigated the role of open social network and learning management system, Schoology, in shaping an online arts program aimed at active learning.

Olympic Curling Open House
$1,000 » Pittsburgh Curling Club, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Olympic Curling Open House, a project of Pittsburgh Curling Club, shared the sport and spirit of curling with the city of Pittsburgh in celebration of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics. Introducing the city to the accessible, ancient ice sport in an exciting and welcoming setting, the PCC highlighted the sport and the local community that offers opportunities to play the Olympic sport in Pittsburgh.

PA Science Teacher Assoc. Conference Stipend
$1,300 » Environmental Charter School, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

PA Science Teacher Association Conference Stipend, a project of Environmental Charter School, enabled six staff members from the Environmental Charter School to attend and present at The Pennsylvania Science Teacher Association Conference on December 3rd - 5th, 2014.

PAEA 2014 Conference Stipend
$500 » Mattress Factory, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

PAEA 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Mattress Factory, enabled Shannon Berkheiser to attend and present at the PAEA 2014 Conference in Seven Springs from October 31st - November 2nd, 2014.

The Page Project
$10,000 » Chartiers Valley School District, 2014 Spark project support

The Page Project, a project of Chartiers Valley School District, assisted young readers in practicing and establishing auditory and oral fluency by utilizing digital mediums such as iPods. Students worked with iPods to listen to established readers read aloud, and then practiced and modeled fluency by recording their own texts for other students in the district to access. Listening to established readers helped students learn about pacing, intonation, expression and accuracy, and allowed them to examine their own strengths and weaknesses in reading with teachers and fellow classmates.

Pittsburgh EdTech Open Forum
$1,500 » East Liberty Development Inc, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

Pittsburgh EdTech Open Forum, an event hosted by Thrill Mill with fiscal sponsorship provided by East Liberty Development, Inc., gathered a dedicated cross-section of educators and technologists to work together to design and pitch new ideas for education technology projects. The event took place at Thrill Mill as part of the annual Thrival Festival.

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music
$1,000 » Alia Musica Pittsburgh, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, a project of Alia Musica Pittsburgh, was a weekend music festival that brought new, contemporary classical music to the streets of Pittsburgh through inventive performances and experiences. The two framing performances, Perfect Lives and Inuksuit, marked the beginning and end of the festival.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival
$7,500 » Fractured Atlas, 2014 Seed Award project support

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, a project of Fractured Atlas, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival showcased unorthodox theatre, giving small and mid-size performing artists unique exposure.

Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
$1,500 » The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 2014 Spark sponsorship

Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, was an annual event that brought together child-oriented performing arts groups from around the world. In its first year downtown, the Children’s Festival took over the Cultural District for five days, showcasing world-class children’s theater productions, activities and art for the region’s families. As the only Children’s Festival in the country with an international scope, the event was a great place to see the newest and best in children’s theater from across the globe.

Pittsburgh Leadership Educational Exchange with Brazilian Farmer Scholars
$1,000 » The Penn State Center Pittsburgh, 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Pittsburgh Leadership Educational Exchange with Brazilian Farmer Scholars, a project of The Penn State Center Pittsburgh, was an exchange experience in support of 3 Brazilian farmers who came to the Pittsburgh region, sharing expertise on social action for community-led food system development and sustainability. Programming included exchanges at small urban and family farms, training sessions, and lectures.

Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit Scholarships
$1,898 via 5 grants, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

Allegheny Valley School District, Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Bethel Park School District, South Park School District and Woodland Hills School District received Kids+Creativity Conference Stipend to offset transportation costs associated with school district staff’s attendance at the Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit on November 21, 2014. The Sprout Fund hosted the Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit, a town hall-style meeting where teachers, students, mentors, and others gathered to explore ways to connect in-school and out-of-school learning experiences and create new pathways to opportunity for students in the greater Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgh Student Activist Coalition (PghSAC)
$8,000 » Three Rivers Community Foundation, 2014 Hive project support

Pittsburgh Student Activist Coalition (PghSAC), a project of Three Rivers Community Foundation, created a network for youth activism and provided a platform to access decision-makers to affect social, political, and educational change. PghSAC was a group of high school age youth that served as a resource for city leadership and other decision makers to help inform youth policy decisions while representing as many youth perspectives as possible.

Power Connections
$500 » PAEYC, 2014 Hive sponsorship

Power Connections, a project of TekStart fiscally sponsored by PAEYC, expanded on a remote-controlled car design and building program offered by TekStart and its partner organizations Righteous Beginnings Learning Center, United Ray Corvette Club, and Ronin Motor Club. Participating youth learned how to build remote controlled cars using Lego Power Functions kits, design and construct a race circuit for the cars, and document and publish their races. The Power Connections event was a final “car show” for the projects, involving approximately 20 adults and 30 children ages 6-12.

Project Crawdad
$10,000 » West Liberty University Research Core, 2014 Spark project support

Project Crawdad, a project of West Liberty University Research Core, was a year-long program for fifth grade classes in Ohio County, WV that increased students’ science content knowledge concerning biodiversity. Led by professors at West Liberty University, the program focused on the freshwater crayfish (or crawdad) as a conduit for learning that could sensory-driven natural exploration and the utilization of modern technologies. By combining these “old” and “new” learning paradigms, Project Crawdad improved the standard for science learning and knowledge retention.

Project Zero Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Environmental Charter School, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

Project Zero Conference Stipend, a project of Environmental Charter School, enabled Vicky Hsieh to attend and present at Project Zero Perspectives: Making, Thinking, Understanding in San Francisco, CA on October 10th - 12th, 2014.

Project Zero Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Melissa Butler, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

Project Zero Conference Stipend enabled Melissa Butler to attend and present at Project Zero Perspectives: Making, Thinking, Understanding in San Francisco, CA from October 10th - 12th, 2014.

Rankin Gymnasium Mural
$10,500 » Artists Image Resource, 2014 Hive project support

Rankin Gymnasium Mural, a project of Artists Image Resource, was a large-scale art piece for the Rankin Christian Center, designed in collaboration with Andy Warhol Museum international Dutch artist-in-residence Stefan Hoffmann and the Rankin Christian Center’s youth workshop and community engagement program. The project went beyond just the production of a mural, opening a new print shop in the Center, staffed by students who learned the digital and screen printing design processes used in producing uniforms, posters and promotional materials for the project’s culminating event: a basketball tournament in the newly adorned gymnasium. The multifaceted project taught students new skills, along with lessons in leadership, teamwork and creative thinking.

Reading With Romibo
$10,000 » Fine Art Miracles, Inc., 2014 Spark project support

Reading With Romibo, a project of Fine Art Miracles, Inc., was a combined program of social robot immersion and literacy for children ages 5 and younger, residing in neighborhoods such as the Hill District, Homewood, the North Side, Hazelwood, Lawrenceville, and Woods Run. Literacy programs were offered at Carnegie Library neighborhood locations as requested by branch librarians.

Ready Freddy Kindergarten Club
$1,000 » The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, 2014 Spark sponsorship

Ready Freddy Kindergarten Club, a project of The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, was a summer learning event series that introduced STEAM learning opportunities to young children, teaching about simple circuits as they created LED light jewelry. The STEAM learning events, guided by Assemble instructors, visited four locations around the city.

Recipes for Remarkable Learning Experiences
$50,000 via 10 grants, 2014 Remake Learning project support

In November of 2013, Sprout funded ten Recipes for Remarkable Learning Experiences—lesson plans shared via a digital “cookbook” to improve learning experiences locally and around the world.

Remake Learning Digital Corps 2014 Partnership
$5,000 » Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) of United Way of Allegheny County, 2014 Digital Corps project support

Remake Learning Digital Corps 2014 Partnership, a project of United Way of Allegheny County, Digital Corps - APOST Partnership enabled Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) to serve as The Sprout’s Fund’s principal partner for the Remake Learning Digital Corps. APOST helped Sprout identify out-of-school sites, attract interest for placement opportunities, and provided best practice training for Digital Corps members entering out-of-school learning environments. Working through the connections afforded by two strong regional networks, Kids+Creativity and APOST, the Remake Learning Digital Corps team enabled community centers, summer camps, and other out-of-school settings to leverage the learning experiences offered by today’s free, low-cost, and open source software tools.

Remake Learning Digital Corps 2015 Partnership
$5,000 » Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) of United Way of Allegheny County, 2014 Digital Corps project support

Remake Learning Digital Corps 2015 Partnership, a project of United Way of Allegheny County, Digital Corps - APOST Partnership enabled Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) to serve as The Sprout’s Fund’s principal partner for the Remake Learning Digital Corps. APOST helped Sprout identify out-of-school sites, attract interest for placement opportunities, and provided best practice training for Digital Corps members entering out-of-school learning environments. Working through the connections afforded by two strong regional networks, Kids+Creativity and APOST, the Remake Learning Digital Corps team enabled community centers, summer camps, and other out-of-school settings to leverage the learning experiences offered by today’s free, low-cost, and open source software tools.

Remake Learning Fellowship
$15,000 » Junlei Li & St. Vincent College, 2014 Remake Learning fellowship

Junlei Li’s Remake Learning Fellowship, a project of St. Vincent College, studied how classroom innovation is delivered to students. With his experience with the Children’s Innovation Project, PAEYC, and the Fred Rogers Company, Li’s project helped to develop and define strategies and guidelines that focus efforts to communicate about the innovative learning movement. Through this, the project developed a discipline for the movement and disseminated results to a national audience to foster greater focus and growth.

Saints Tour: Braddock
$7,500 » Bricolage Production Company, 2014 Seed Award project support

Saints Tour: Braddock, a project of Bricolage Production Company in association with Real/Time Interventions, was a theatrical journey through Braddock, PA, by bus and on foot, led by a Tour Guide character whose family has been rooted to the land for centuries. The audience traversed the landscape of the Edgar Thomson Works, the Carnegie Library, and sites of local lore, while listening to stories of the “saints” that have inhabited those places. Along this route, participants encountered installations, musical performances, mysterious occurrences and other magical traces of local “saints” in their midst, created by local artists and residents.

Stackspace
$7,500 » The Saxifrage School, 2014 Seed Award project support

Stackspace, a project of The Saxifrage School, was a community center for web developers where people could access learning resources, co-work with other developers and hold community programs. Not just for already-established coders and programmers, Stackspace was a place for interested future developers to learn as well, being mentored by expert programmers and, in turn, mentoring local youth interested in coding. Supported by a team of staff and students of The Saxifrage School’s ongoing Web Development training programs, the co-working space was focused on helping everyone, especially beginners, learn how to code.

STEAM-er Trunks
$2,000 » Westmoreland County Federated Library System, 2014 Spark project support

STEAM-er Trunks, a project of Westmoreland County Federated Library System, were learning kits for circulation around the twenty-three public libraries that comprise the WCFLS. Each trunk had a STEAM theme—science, technology, engineering, art or math—and contained the items necessary to conduct a library program, presentation, craft or experiment. Like a miniature mobile STEAM learning lab, the STEAM-er Trunks came packaged with lesson plans, supplies and resources that expanded upon the topic, and were available to any of the WCFLS libraries for request to be delivered via the organization’s daily van service.

Steel City Codefest 2015
$3,000 » URA of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

Steel City Codefest 2015, an event hosted by URA of Pittsburgh, was a civic software app development competition that challenged coders and designers to create new apps in response to challenges by local nonprofits. Participants included coders & designers, youth participating in an affiliated activity, and public attendees.

STEM Think Tank Conference & PAECT Student Technology Showcase
$2,234 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

STEM Think Tank Conference & PAECT Student Technology Showcase, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Theresa Richards, the FIRST Robotics Program Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, to participate in the STEM Think Tank Conference in Nashville, TN from July 16-18, 2014. The annual STEM Think Tank Conference was aimed at educators who work with girls in the K-12 levels, and focused on “The STEM Connection—Developing Skills, Creating Relationships.” Theresa took part in workshops, think tank meetings and lectures, representing and promoting the Kids+Creativity Network through personal communication and social media.

Summer Innovation Camps
$4,000 » Elizabeth Forward School District, 2014 Spark project support

Summer Innovation Camps, a project of Elizabeth Forward School District, welcomed young students in southern Allegheny, Fayette, Westmoreland, Washington Counties to experience the school district’s Dream Factory maker lab free of charge. Nine different innovation camps ran throughout the summer, each focusing on a different topic, from App Building to Scratch to Robotics to Digital Storytelling. Helping to provide much needed summer programming in the south of Pittsburgh, Summer Innovation Camps brought all of the learning of The Dream Factory to the rest of the region.

Summit to Reconnect Learning Stipend
$1,500 » University of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

Summit to Reconnect Learning Stipend, a project of University of Pittsburgh, enabled Tom Akiva, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, to attend the Summit to Reconnect Learning in Redwood City, CA from February 12-13, 2014. The Summit to Reconnect Learning brought together the brightest minds in the Connected Learning world to build a shared vision for Open Badges. Tom attended the summit to take part in the conversations about badge-based learning and to represent Hive Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network.

SUPER•BALL Family Day
$500 » Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, 2014 Spark sponsorship

SUPER•BALL Family Day, a project of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, gave children and their families an opportunity to engage in art-making and learning around the history and design of the famed Wham-O SuperBall®. Part of The Mine Factory’s SUPER•BALL exhibition, the Family Day outreach event invited participants to make, play and learn—building kinetic sculptures, researching and creating specimen boxes, playing themed games—all inspired by the exhibition and its focus on the unique aesthetic, dynamic and historical significance of the SuperBall®.

Switchboard Stories
$10,000 » Amizade Global Service-Learning, 2014 Seed Award project support

Switchboard Stories, a project of Amizade Global Service-Learning, responded to the demand for storytelling within the community of practice associated with global engagement. Beginning in January 2015, the project collected and promoted a core set of 20 stories, 10 of which focused on members of The Global Switchboard and 10 of which highlighted Sprout-supported Global Switchboard Community of Practice projects. The stories were evidence that the Switchboard was more than a co-working space, and helped to demonstrate the Switchboard’s preparedness for collective action. Through the collection of stories Amizade raised the visibility of their work, garnered greater support, and equipped their community of practice with a body of evidence of their collective impact.

SWPA BotsIQ Finals Competition
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation, 2014 Hive sponsorship

The Southwestern PA BotsIQ Finals Competition, a project of Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation, was the culmination of the annual Pittsburgh regional BotsIQ battle robot competition for high school students. The 9th annual competition took place at California University of Pennsylvania with an audience of approximately 1,500 people, including students, family, friends, fans and representatives from local industry and post-secondary institutions.

SXSWedu 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

SXSWedu 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, enabled Jane Werner, Executive Director, and Lisa Brahms, Director of Learning and Research, of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to present at SXSWedu 2014 in Austin, TX from March 5-6, 2014. SXSWedu was an annual conference that brought together some of education’s most energetic and innovative leaders to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn. At the conference, Lisa worked with Sprout Fund Program Officer, Dustin Stiver, to present a session entitled “Making and Learning: Put Your Hands Together,” while Jane was a featured panelist discussing children’s museums and their role in the community.

Teach a Robot to See
$15,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2014 Spark project support

Teach a Robot to See, a project of the Personal Robotics Lab and Cyert Center for Early Education at Carnegie Mellon University, was an educational experience for young children where they taught a computer to recognize specific, familiar objects. The computer, attached to an interactive media sculpture, learned how to “see” through visual object recognition, giving children an opportunity to exercise their own problem-solving skills to make the robot sculpture respond to the objects. This pilot project was housed at CMU’s Cyert Center, with resulting software and hardware systems documented and made available as an open-source project for other early education centers and learning spaces to use.

[email protected]
$1,000 » The Ellis School, 2014 Hive sponsorship

[email protected], a project of The Ellis School, was an independent, youth-oriented TEDx conference that empowered young people to speak on important world issues. Speakers discussed problems and challenges facing the Millennial generation, and the event then included break-out sessions for youth to design solutions.

Teens as Teachers
$1,000 » Assemble, 2014 Hive project support

Teens as Teachers, a project of Assemble, was a series of workshops that invited students to become teachers and mentors in their own schools and communities. The six weekly workshops helped students develop leadership and technical skills that could be passed on through programs that the students designed themselves, using their own interests in digital media, programming, and technology as a starting point. A professional development course for pre-professionals, Teens as Teachers gave students a chance not only to decide what to learn—but how to teach it as well.

Tinker Squads
$15,000 » The Ellis School, 2014 Hive project support

Tinker Squads, a project of The Ellis School, introduced girls in the Pittsburgh region to the human-centered design process through hands-on prototyping and tinkering. With squads centered at Assemble, CLP-Brookline and the Frick Environmental Charter School, as well as The Ellis School, students explored the issues in their communities and created solutions using switches, Origami, textiles and materials kits from Invent-abling. The Squads also convened for Tinker Meets, where they shared the projects they’d been working on with their fellow Tinker Squads and the broader public, meeting other makers in the community and earning digital badges.

Training Wheels
$6,500 » Big Idea Cooperative, LLC, 2014 Seed Award project support

Training Wheels, a project of Big Idea Cooperative, offered a mobile literary space available via bicycles for community programming. Inspiring spontaneous conversation and collaboration among people across the city at events large and small, Training Wheels featured a curated lending library and offered the opportunity for learning and growth in the community and supporting organizations like Bike Pittsburgh, Dreams of Hope and the Literary Arts Boom. Each of the events that the Training Wheels pedicab wagon attended was an opportunity for those in attendance to learn about a variety of topics relevant to city residents, from politics to social issues to ideas of community.

TRETC 2014
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2014 Remake Learning sponsorship

TRETC 2014, a project of Pittsburgh Technology Council, was an annual conference for educational technology professionals in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The convening of teachers, technologists, administrators and entrepreneurs was the region’s premier ed-tech conference, focusing on the theme “Deeper Learning” and featuring keynote speaker Tom Vander Ark.

Two Wheels Lots Of Green
$500 » GTECH Strategies, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Two Wheels Lots Of Green, a project of GTECH Strategies, was a bike tour designed to connect individuals to community-based greening projects throughout Pittsburgh. Along the tour, participants experienced a variety of green sites, including: a well-established community garden in Millvale, a library garden in Knoxville, a recycled play yard in East Liberty, as well as other green sites along the way. The tour was held in conjunction with Bike PGH’s annual Bike Fest.

US Play Coalition 2014 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » PAEYC, 2014 Remake Learning conference stipend

US Play Coalition 2014 Conference Stipend, a project of PAEYC, enabled Cara Ciminillo, Operations Director, and Ernie Dettore, Professional Development Instructor, of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young People (PAEYC), to attend the US Play Coalition 2014 Conference on the Value of Play in Clemson, SC from February 16-19, 2014. The US Play Coalition’s annual conference focused on “The Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity”, addressing our ability to create partnerships between schools, businesses and community centers. Cara and Ernie attended the conference to make connections with the national movement toward advancing play in children’s lives, and to get ideas for how play organizations can work more collaboratively here at home. Additionally, immediately following the conference, Cara and Ernie traveled to Baltimore, MD to present at KaBOOM’s annual staff retreat (100+ staff).

VIA Music Conference
$1,000 » VIA, 2014 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

VIA Music Conference, a project of VIA, was a one-day music conference during the VIA Festival 2014 that featured a survey of electronic music and art since the 1970s. Activities included artists talks, hands-on workshops, and tech demonstrations from artists like Richard Devine, Holly Herndon, and Mat Dryhurst. The conference took place at Carnegie Mellon University.

Volcano Village
$2,000 » New Sun Rising, 2014 Spark sponsorship

Volcano Village, a project of Pyrotopia fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, was a free daytime activity area at the Pyrotopia Festival of Fire Arts 2014 that engaged children with hands-on projects and demonstrations incorporating STEAM principles. The Pyrotopia Festival took place on May 10 and reached an audience of approximately 4000 people, with 1500 pre-K through preteen children and their families attending Volcano Village activities.

Water Design Challenge—Dive In!
$13,500 » Mt. Lebanon School District, 2014 Hive project support

Water Design Challenge - Dive In!, a project of Mt. Lebanon School District, asked students to explore real world water issues both locally and globally. The program had students collaborate as part of a “water task force” to tackle those issues in physical and virtual spaces while at the same time, learning about civic engagement. As part of their participation in the Challenge, students connected with Clean Water Action, the 9-Mile Run Watershed, Stormworks, and 3Rivers Wet Weather to learn about what it takes in the real world to deal with important water issues.

Where in the World is West Newton?
$1,000 » Downtown West Newton, Inc., 2014 Grand Ideas project support

Where in the World is West Newton?, a project of Downtown West Newton, Inc., was a self-guided bike/hike tour day in West Newton beginning at the Great Allegheny Passage Trailhead. Participants received a detailed tour map identifying sites to visit, places to eat and things to do, while interesting facts were revealed along the way through a competitive scavenger hunt.

YMCA Lighthouse Summer Music Project
$5,000 » YMCA Greater Pittsburgh, 2014 Hive project support

YMCA Lighthouse Summer Music Project, a project of YMCA Greater Pittsburgh, was a six-week long music video project where teens created a song and video tackling a community or social issue relevant to their lives. Two groups of students, based out of the Homewood YMCA and the Hazelwood YMCA will research, wrote and recorded a song, then filmed and edited a video to be shared online, all using professional audio/visual technology. The YMCA Lighthouse Summer Music Project taught students about music and video production, encouraged teamwork and collaboration, and made a case for activism and advocacy in each student’s community.

Youngstown Area Online Writing Project
$7,500 » Youngstown State University, 2014 Spark project support

Youngstown Area Online Writing Project, a project of Youngstown State University, was a summer online writing camp that began in the summer of July 2015. It created an online writing community where students across rural Ohio connected with students from the urban Pittsburgh area. In the process, the project created and evaluated a digital, remixable, and online curriculum for young writers on a kid-friendly collaborative writing website.

Youth Filmmakers Guild
$10,000 » Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh, 2014 Hive project support

Youth Filmmakers Guild, a project of Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh, engaged a socioeconomically diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum in the filmmaking process. The group’s pilot program met weekly, for up to two hours each week, to create educational short films in which youth explored problems and learned about self-expression through the medium of film. Working with professional mentors in the industry, the Guild not only fostered emotional exploration and taught the basics of filmmaking to the teens, but established a culture of acceptance, collaboration and engagement with the autistic community of Pittsburgh.

Youth Initiative on Race & Identity
$15,000 » Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, 2014 Hive project support

Youth Initiative on Race & Identity, a project of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, was an educational workshop facet of the museum’s exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different?, which examined the scientific and social constructs of race. The workshop series led teens through activities that helped them reflect on who they are, identify their own personal biases and stereotypes, and see how they interact and lead discussions on sensitive topics. The program culminated in the day-long Youth Summit on Race & Identity, where teens shared projects and ideas developed over the course of the project.

Youth Invasion 2014
$1,500 » The Andy Warhol Museum, 2014 Hive sponsorship

Youth Invasion 2014, a project of The Andy Warhol Museum, invited youth to “take over” the museum with a fashion show, music and dance performances, art activities and much more. Students from Westinghouse, CAPA and the Warhol’s after school fashion program connected and learned about public programming to host this massive public event as a team. Youth Invasion was an opportunity for Pittsburgh youth to show off their talents and passions in the arts to the public through performance and design.