Funded Projects from 2015

2015 DML Conference
$1,250 » Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

2015 DML Conference, a project of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, enabled Taiji Nelson of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to attend and present at the 2015 DML Conference in Los Angeles, CA from June 11-13, 2015. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners, and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. Taiji was a supporting presenter on an accepted proposal titled Designing to Bridge Contexts in a Learning Ecosystem.

2015 DML Conference
$1,250 » University of Pittsburgh, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

2015 DML Conference, a project of University of Pittsburgh, enabled Stacy Kehoe of the University of Pittsburgh to attend and present at the 2015 DML Conference in Los Angeles, CA from June 11-13, 2015. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. Stacy was the lead applicant on an accepted proposal titled Designing to Bridge Contexts in a Learning Ecosystem.

2015 DML Conference
$1,500 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

2015 DML Conference, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, enabled Lisa Brahms and Peter Wardrip of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to attend and present at the 2015 DML Conference in Los Angeles, CA from June 11-13, 2015. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. At the conference, Lisa and Peter presented about the learning practices of making.

2015 DML Conference
$800 » Assemble, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

2015 DML Conference, a project of Assemble, enabled Nina Barbuto of Assemble to attend and present at the 2015 DML Conference in Los Angeles, CA from June 11-13, 2015. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. Nina was a supporting presenter on an accepted proposal titled Designing to Bridge Contexts in a Learning Ecosystem.

2015 DML Conference
$500 » Tekstart/ Productivity, LLC, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

2015 DML Conference, a project of Tekstart/ Productivity, LLC, enabled Shimira Williams, Integration Specialist at TekStart, to attend and present at the 2015 DML Conference in Los Angeles, CA from June 11-13, 2015. The annual DML Conference was an opportunity for educators, practitioners and entrepreneurs to come together on digital media learning. Shimira had a table at the DML Café, where she spoke about the Remake Learning Early Learning competencies, among other RML and personal projects.

2015 Nonprofit Summit
$1,500 » Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

2015 Nonprofit Summit, a project of Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, was the region’s largest event for the nonprofit community, attracting an audience of 1,500 professionals for workshops, discussions, speakers, and networking in fall 2015. The summit had a special emphasis on innovative approaches to fulfilling missions and looking beyond the boundaries of individual sectors to create multi-disciplinary alliances in order to improve communities.

2015 STEM Israel Seminar
$1,500 » Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

2015 STEM Israel Seminar, a project of Pittsburgh Technology Council, enabled Justin Driscoll, Senior Director of People and Culture Initiatives at Pittsburgh Technology Council, to attend the 2015 STEM Israel Seminar as part of a Pittsburgh delegation from June 29-July 12, 2015. The trip was focused on exposing Americans to Israel’s vibrant STEM start-up scene and to enable successful strategies to be brought back to the region. Upon returning from the trip, Justin presented his findings at events such as the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference and the STEM Summit.

2016 ALISE Conference Stipend
$1,000 » University of Pittsburgh, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

2016 ALISE Conference Stipend, a project of University of Pittsburgh, enabled Leanne Bowler, Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh, to participate in the 2016 ALISE Conference in Boston, MA on January 5-8, 2016. ALISE was an annual conference for educators in Library and Information Science. Its focus was exclusively on educating information professionals and attracted faculty from programs across the world. The 2016 conference highlighted the work of Eliza Dresang, a researcher in the area of “digital youth” who was among the first to highlight the effects of digital media on youth culture. At the conference, Leanne presented her research on Pittsburgh area maker spaces for youth that was supported through Sprout’s Remake Learning Fellowship.

21st Sensory Mall
$1,000 » dadpranks, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

21st Sensory Mall, a project of dadpranks, was an exploration of post-mall culture through installations and performances in the nearly-abandoned Century III Mall.

3E Studio’s Community Screen Print Workshop & Business Mixer
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

3E Studio’s Community Screen Print Workshop & Business Mixer, a project led by Sidney Huffmyer, consisted of a two-part workshop at 3E Studios in Manchester. The first part consisted of a school field trip where students from multiple schools learned how to screen print their own t-shirt in addition to watching how full commercial production is run. The second part was a business mixer that incorporated a tour of the facility and a welcome party for new businesses in the area in an effort to promote networking for local Northside businesses, neighborhood groups, and associations. The project brought the community together by engaging both the younger generation as well as business owners, educating them on how art can be translated to a legitimate occupation as well as community support with the proper focus and drive.

76<100
$1,000 » Elana Schlenker, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

76<100, an independent project from Elana Schlenker, was a retail pop-up that only sold wares from female artists and women-led businesses in order to raise awareness of wage inequality based on US Dept of Labor statistics showing the median earnings of full time female workers was 76% of that of males. This project sparked conversation around this issue, while creating a positive space that celebrated and empowered working women.

ACJ Medical Neglect Documentation Project
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

ACJ Medical Neglect Documentation Project, a project fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, was the creation of a story-telling and fact-finding documentary highlighting individuals that had directly experienced medical neglect in the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ). Using the power of story-telling through both written and filmed documentation, trained interviewers collected documentation of the Human Rights violations that had occurred in the ACJ, ultimately compiling this information into a written report and 30-minute documentary. The project put a face and voice to people who were often segregated by society at large by providing the opportunity to share the lifelong consequences of unjust physical and mental health treatment in jail.

A.C.O.R.N.S (A Classroom Only Roofed by Nature’s Sky)
$15,000 » Marshall University Research Corporation, 2015 Spark project support

A.C.O.R.N.S (A Classroom Only Roofed by Nature’s Sky), a project of Marshall University Research Corporation, created a nature-based outdoor learning environment for preschoolers at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in southern West Virginia. Through the project, training materials were created to demonstrate how nature-based spaces can support the holistic development of children by providing the children with opportunities to observe and interact with nature and learn social skills through exploration. Through these experiences children developed skills such as classification, inference, description, and comparison.

Activation Club
$10,000 » Assemble, 2015 Hive project support

Activation Club, a project of Assemble in partnership with Arts out Loud, combined Art, Making, and STEAM Education with Social Justice for the activation of ideas and community building. Working with teachers from both organizations, students at Arsenal Middle School gained experience in communicating issues affecting their own lives, in their micro and macro communities. Students developed traditional art making and computer programming skills while focusing on promoting equality and overcoming barriers. Each session covered new topics and skills that were compiled in the students’ final capstone project in addition to engaging the local community through a display at Art All Night.

ALA Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Millvale Community Library, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

ALA Conference Stipend, a project of Millvale Community Library, enabled Lisa Seel, Vice President of the Millvale Community Library Board of Trustees, to attend and participate in the American Library Association Annual Conference from June 25-30, 2015 in San Francisco, CA on behalf of The Remake Learning Network. The ALA Annual Conference covered key issues, such as the impact and potential of new technologies, along with best practices on a range of library-related concerns. At the conference, Lisa presented at the Sustain Round Table Lightening Rounds on the topic of sustainable libraries.

All STEAM Ahead!
$15,000 » Plum Borough School District, 2015 Spark project support

All STEAM Ahead!, a project of Plum Borough School District, was a STEAM integration program for students at Regency Park Elementary School. The students worked across grade levels to collaborate on inquiry-based activities and slowly changed the pedagogical approach of the school. This project enabled the school to incorporate inquiry, purposeful play, and exploring in daily lessons through online and unplugged learning activities such as Gigapan, Arts n Bots, and activities with the Children’s Innovation Project while also providing the professional development needed to help teachers become comfortable incorporating this learning style into their lessons.

Allegheny Dwellings and Fineview Citizens Council Engagement
$10,000 » Fineview Citizens Council, 2015 One Northside project support

Allegheny Dwellings and Fineview Citizens Council Engagement, a project of Fineview Citizens Council, partnered with professionals specializing in and experienced with engaging households in low income and working class communities to design a short term engagement program with households in Allegheny Dwellings. The program initiated a relationship with Allegheny Dwellings neighbors to work toward building trust within the Fineview community through community meetings, volunteer opportunities, and a membership program.

Allegheny West Tree Well Day
$1,050 » Allegheny West Civic Council, 2015 One Northside project support

Allegheny West Tree Well Day, a project of Allegheny West Civic Council, gathered neighbors to beautify, repair, and restore street tree wells in the Allegheny West neighborhood during spring 2015. The project called on the combined gardening knowledge of nearby neighbors and benefited from contributions from local garden centers. The project rallied volunteers to first clean up existing tree wells and vacant lots, and then plant flowers and spread mulch to stabilize and protect the newly restored tree wells. Local business Babb Insurance committed to supporting ongoing maintenance and care by residents to sustain the work begun by this Neighbor-to-Neighbor project.

Alternatives to Selling Drugs Program
$1,050 » Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association, 2015 One Northside project support

Alternatives to Selling Drugs Program, a project of Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association, was an 8-week summer enrichment program at the Manchester Growing Together Garden for more than 20 local youth most at-risk of entering the criminal justice system. This art-based program provided hands-on jewelry making learning opportunities for youth, as well as an introduction to related business practices such as planning and managing production, overseeing marketing operations, and administration.

American Falls
$1,000 » Barebones Productions, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

American Falls, a project of Barebones Productions, was the inaugural show for the new barebones black box theater in Braddock, PA. Shows seated approximately 50 attendees and Friday and Saturday performances featured small plates from Superior Motors and local libations.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, a project fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, was an inclusive one-day event that brought together diverse communities to create and improve Wikipedia articles related to women in the arts. Facilitators and library staff were available to help set up accounts for participants and gather resources as the community worked together to correct the gender imbalance on Wikipedia. In addition to the central event location at Frick Fine Arts Library, there were pre-event trainings at CAPA high school for the arts and the Carnegie Library of Homestead.

Asylgarten Community Park
$10,000 » Spring Hill Civic League, 2015 One Northside project support

Asylgarten Community Park, a project of Spring Hill Civic League (SHCL), continued the development of Asylgärten, a community owned and supported greenspace, by creating a natural play space adjacent to the family picnic area, functional public art, and infrastructure that enabled the SHCL to host more neighborhood events.

Back to School Bash and Maker Party
$4,300 » Encounter Church, 2015 Hive sponsorship

Back to School Bash and Maker Party, a project of Encounter Church, was an event at Arsenal Park that promoted a healthy start to the school year for families in the Lawrenceville community and surrounding neighborhoods. At the event, 400 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away to families in need. Over 30 community organizations helped to provide fun and educational activities at the event for families to engage in as well as provided information about upcoming opportunities.

Back to School Bash / North Side Partnership Project
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Back to School Bash, a project of North Side Partnership Project, hosted a free, fun-filled event helping more than 150 families get ready for school with health screenings, inspirational music and speakers. Every child that attended received a backpack filled with school supplies, clothes, and dental supplies.

Bald Eagle Education Portal
$12,000 » Audubon Society of Western PA, 2015 Spark project support

Bald Eagle Education Portal, a project of Audubon Society of Western PA, was an education web portal that connected Western Pennsylvania classroom students to the Bald Eagles nesting in nearby Hays. The project provided classroom teachers with downloadable lesson plans along with the ability to schedule and stream one-hour virtual programs with ASWP’s professional educators. A pilot phase was used to thoroughly test the technologies of the education portal in 5 classrooms, reaching approximately 100-120 K-5 students, along with thousands of students engaged by their teachers via the downloadable information from the portal during this time.

Be There One North Side
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Be There One North Side, a project led by Debra Smallwood, engaged community members through the creation of “Little Free Libraries” installed throughout the Mexican War Streets and the surrounding blocks of the Central Northside. With collaborators including students from Brashear High School, Repair the World, the Carnegie Libraries, and Neighborhood Learning Alliance, the project kicked off a summer of reading and learning helped by the placement of 40 Little Free Libraries throughout the community.

Beatty Street Bicycle Co-Op
$1,000 » PULSE, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Beatty Street Bicycle Co-Op, a project of Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE), was a “do-it-yourself” educational workshop in a small garage space in Highland Park where residents were given the space to learn about bicycle repair and fix their own bicycles. This bicycle co-op was modeled after Free Ride in Pittsburgh and Chain Reaction in Goshen, Indiana. It served a hyper-local audience of East Liberty, Garfield, and Highland Park residents, promoting bicycling as an affordable, healthy, and green mode of transportation and educating riders with repair and maintenance skills.

The Beechwood History and Future Project
$10,000 » Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2015 Spark project support

The Beechwood History and Future Project, a project of Pittsburgh Public Schools, was a school-wide plan for students, staff, and the community to investigate and celebrate the history of Beechwood School. The information gathered as students investigated the history of the school through six grade level STEM projects was used to build a new vision for the school’s future. The projects were planned with input and ideas from students with technical support from teachers, an Apple Educator, and community partners such as Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh History and Landmark, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Big Data & Data Analytics Course for High School Students
$5,000 » Bethel Park School District, 2015 Hive project support

Big Data & Data Analytics Course for High School Students, a project of Bethel Park School District, was the development and piloting of a semester long course at Bethel Park High School that enabled youth to gain exposure to the field of big data and data analytics through interdisciplinary classwork, fieldtrips, guest speakers, and projects. Students learned basic background information regarding data analytics and then applied the knowledge to their areas of interest, working directly with local companies to identify possible opportunities where data analytics could be applied.

Black Girls Do Bike: Pittsburgh
$4,750 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Seed Award project support

Black Girls Do Bike: Pittsburgh, a project fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, was an initiative to support and grow a community of Pittsburgh women of color who share a passion for cycling. This project encouraged all women, but especially those in African American communities, to utilize cycling to improve physical and mental well-being. Activities to help launch the initiative included organized rides, workshops, meet-ups, and active recruitment of new members.

The Blacksmith Shop at Returning Home Farm
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

The Blacksmith Shop at Returning Home Farm, a project fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, was a community-based initiative that engaged residents of Penn Hills and surrounding areas in learning about and experiencing traditional, eco-friendly ways of life. The Blacksmith Shop used the DIY appeal of blacksmithing to engage people in ongoing conversations around issues of community, local production and commerce, and eco-friendly living. By offering introductory classes as well as “open shop” times when local blacksmiths and learners can gather, The Blacksmith Shop enabled those interested in blacksmithing to work on projects together and share knowledge in a community setting.

The Block Party
$25,000 » The New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts, 2015 One Northside project support

The Block Party, a project of The New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts, was a series of mini-arts festivals that called attention to and celebrated the valuable resources and local identities of the eighteen Northside neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. The project partnered with local social and creative organizations to develop a unique urban experience for each neighborhood, creating opportunities for Northsiders and Pittsburghers alike to connect with each other and find common ground as they enjoyed the space in which they lived and the stories they collectively shared.

Blue Slide Laboratory
$15,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Spark project support

Blue Slide Laboratory, a project of The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, was the development and piloting of a mobile toolkit to enable children to carry out experiments in real world settings. The mobile toolkit offered a range of activities where physics and math principles could be observed, documented, and tested by engaging young learners in experiences that connected the learning principles to imaginative play and interaction. Each playground scenario was motivated by a specific set of learning objectives and consisted of an activity involving a mobile phone, a child performer, and a child observer.

BOOM After Brunch
$1,000 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

BOOM After Brunch, a project hosted by BOOM Concepts and fiscally sponsored by Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, was an event series to connect and celebrate Pittsburgh creative and ‘solopreneurs’ through a series of Saturday Day Parties attracting more than 100 people to BOOM Concepts space on Penn Avenue in Garfield each Saturday in August 2015.

Bots IQ 2015 Finals
$1,000 » Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation, 2015 Hive sponsorship

Bots IQ 2015 Finals, an event hosted by The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Foundation, was the final competition event for 80 student teams from 60 high schools to demonstrate and test their robotic creations in a tournament. The competition energized students to learn about STEM related concepts and career fields, providing direct application of classroom concepts to real world situations and building partnerships and mentoring opportunities with local industry and post-secondary institutions. The event attracted more than 1,000 students, 100 teachers, 200 industry advisers, and 500 parents and fans over two days.

Brainy Ball at Arlington K-8
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2015 Spark project support

Brainy Ball at Arlington K-8, a project of Pittsburgh Public Schools, was a freestanding device that promoted kinetic movement while engaging students in reading, counting, and thinking. The curriculum design for Brainy Ball was created in partnership with Arlington K-8.

Brew Cinema
$500 » Friends of the Hollywood Theater, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Brew Cinema, a project of Friends of the Hollywood Theater, featured screenings of four films, one per month from September through December, along with a featured local brewery and original screenprinted movie posters by local artists. Proceeds benefited a different local nonprofit at each screening.

Bright Bytes Regional Research Institute
$500 » Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Bright Bytes Regional Research Institute, an event hosted by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, featured speakers including Kirsten Swanson, Will Richardson, and some of PA’s most innovative educators discussing the use of new information tools in education. The event took place at the Regional Learning Alliance.

Brighton Corridor Beautification Project
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Brighton Corridor Beautification Project, a project led by Becky Coger, initiated beautification efforts on a three-block portion of Brighton Road by working with home owners, renters, and business owners as well as Propel School students to restore existing green infrastructure like trees, and add new features to improve the streetscape.

Brighton Heights City Steps Revitalization
$1,050 » Brighton Heights Citizens Federation, 2015 One Northside project support

Brighton Heights City Steps Revitalization, a project of Brighton Heights Citizens Federation, worked with more than 30 neighbors to improve the walkability of Brighton Heights by painting the railings and clearing invasive plants away from five sets of city steps in the neighborhood that are often overlooked and underutilized.

Bring the Beat Back
$1,000 » Blak Rapp Madusa, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

Bring the Beat Back, a project of Blak Rapp Madusa, was a performance of new film score with Hip Hop/Jazz band Killor Be and a Q&A to open dialogue about the film at the Alloy Space.

Building Bridges
$1,050 » Community Alliance of Spring Garden -- East Deutschtown, 2015 One Northside project support

Building Bridges, a project of Community Alliance of Spring Garden - East Deutschtown, worked with neighborhood residents and local artists to decorate the chain-link fences on the Tripoli Street Bridge that spans I-279, the highway that divides Deutschtown into its historic core and the smaller area known to residents as East Deutschtown. Artist Oreen Cohen from the Neu Kirche Contemporary Arts Center located in the neighborhood created replicas of iconic Deutschtown buildings as part of the public art design.

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improving Education Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Environmental Charter School, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improving Education Conference Stipend, a project of Environmental Charter School, enabled Peter Mathis to attend the Summit from March 22-24, 2016 in San Francisco, CA on behalf of the Remake Learning Network. The Summit was an annual convening of innovative thinkers and dedicated practitioners, offering the community the opportunity to gather and work together to transform teaching and learning. Attendees came from across the education field, from kindergarten to higher education, practitioners to policymakers, funders to researchers, and together they worked to transform problem-solving within education by being at the forefront of educational improvement.

Cedar Arts Market Series II
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Cedar Arts Market Series II, a project led by Lauren Stauffer, created an arts and crafts component of the weekly Allegheny Commons Flea Market. Gaining momentum in its second year at the flea market, Cedar Arts offered a monthly market opportunity for local artists and artisans to sell their wares on the Northside. In partnership with Northside cultural events like Deutschtown Music Festival and Veg Fest, Cedar Arts also expanded the entertainment and engagement opportunities on the Northside, attracting more than 3,000 attendees to enjoy the amenities of Allegheny Commons park and connect with Northside neighbors.

Celebrate Wilkinsburg, a Socially Engaged Public Art Project
$1,000 » Borough of Wilkinsburg, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Celebrate Wilkinsburg, a Socially Engaged Public Art Project, a project of the Borough of Wilkinsburg’s Arts and Civic Design Commission, preserved the stories of Wilkinsburg residents, revealing what mattered most to residents and inspiring public art that resulted from the stories of Wilkinsburg residents. An RFQ process was used to identify an artist to engage the public in the development of the public art, using the arts as an agent for change and transcending social barriers with creative place making.

Champions of Learning Awards
$1,000 » The Consortium for Public Education, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Champions of Learning Awards, an event hosted by The Consortium for Public Education, celebrated exceptional educators in the Pittsburgh region. The event honored individuals, organizations, and businesses that created, supported, or expand learning opportunities in the region.

Chestnut Street Improvement Plan
$10,000 » Community Alliance of Spring Garden - East Deutschtown, 2015 One Northside project support

Chestnut Street Improvement Plan, a project of Community Alliance of Spring Garden - East Deutschtown, made the use of Chestnut Street safer and better utilized by improving pedestrian, vehicular, and bicycle accessibility; making infrastructure upgrades; and determining the best use of land and buildings along the thoroughfare. The project also connected the community to the Allegheny Riverfront Trail, re-establishing East Deutschtown and Spring Garden as walkable riverfront communities.

Children’s Innovation Project Documentary
$5,000 » Clarion University Foundation, 2015 Spark project support

Children’s Innovation Project Documentary, a project of Clarion University Foundation led by Jeremy Boyle and Melissa Butler, was a short film produced by Joe Seamans documenting the teaching and learning process behind Children’s Innovation Project. Titled ‘Looking Slowly and Closely at Children’s Innovation Learning’, the film premiered in fall of 2015.

Children’s Theatre in the Park
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Children’s Theatre in the Park, a project led by Jessica Shubert, provided voice, drama, and dance lessons to Northside children ages 6 to 11 in the Jack Stack Park Pavilion. Guided by experienced mentors, children turned familiar short stories into stage productions and took responsibility for everything from scripting and rehearsing to creating their own sets and costumes. Fellow Neighbor-to-Neighbor project Giant Puppet Dance Club also added to the cast ensemble!

City of Learning 2015 Campaign
$75,000 via 30 grants, 2015 City of Learning project support

Pittsburgh City of Learning was a campaign to harness the wealth of the city’s resources and create an expansive network of learning opportunities that were fully recognized and accessible to all. Pittsburgh City of Learning turned the entire city into a campus for learning by bringing together dozens of organizations to offer hundreds of free and affordable learning opportunities to young people throughout greater Pittsburgh. pghcityoflearning.org provided a single destination online for a wide range of opportunities easily accessible to students and families. Nonprofit organizations and public schools in Allegheny County offering summer learning programs issued digital badges to recognize student accomplishments, like the knowledge they gained, the skills they developed, and the positive habits they exhibited.

City of Learning 2015 Campaign Research (Part I)
$23,000 » University of Pittsburgh, 2015 City of Learning research

City of Learning Research (Part I), a project of the University of Pittsburgh, enabled Chris Schunn, Tom Akiva, and Marti Louw to conduct a stream of research related to City of Learning 2015. The University of Pittsburgh, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University collaborated with The Sprout Fund to study the 2015 City of Learning program implementation and the associated badging initiative in Pittsburgh. The research was used to understand the effectiveness of these programs in terms of youth participation, learning pathway access, and interest development, as well as how practitioners overcame the challenges associated with initiating digital badges in their programs.

City of Learning 2015 Campaign Research (Part II)
$6,840 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2015 City of Learning research

City of Learning Research (Part II), a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, enabled Peter Wardrip and Lisa Brahms to conduct a stream of research related to City of Learning 2015. The University of Pittsburgh, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University collaborated with The Sprout Fund to study the 2015 City of Learning program implementation and the associated badging initiative in Pittsburgh. The research was used to understand the effectiveness of these programs in terms of youth participation, learning pathway access, and interest development, as well as how practitioners overcame the challenges associated with initiating digital badges in their programs.

City of Learning 2015 Partnership with Summer Dreamers Academy
$4,000 » Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2015 City of Learning project support

City of Learning 2015 Partnership with Summer Dreamers Academy - Pittsburgh Public Schools, a project of Pittsburgh Public Schools, engaged teens through their Summer Dreamers Academy to encourage a passion for learning and exploration, and to motivate campers to persist in the face of challenges. Summer Dreamers offered badges in three distinct areas and Pittsburgh Public Schools served as the issuer of badges for demonstrated accomplishments in morning academic classes and for regular program attendance and engagement

City of Learning 2015 Partnership with Summer of Learn and Earn
$25,000 » Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, 2015 City of Learning project support

City of Learning 2015 Partnership with Summer of Learn and Earn - Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, a project of The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, provided employment opportunities for youth ages 14-21 through the Summer Learn and Earn Program. A partnership with the Workforce Investment Board, the City of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County, the 2015 program became a pipeline of career access for the region. The program was part of a comprehensive system that supported collaboration between public and private funding streams for pathways that provided youth with enhanced academic support, work readiness coaching, and on-the-job skills training as a means of developing a future workforce better prepared to successfully secure meaningful employment, post high school. The program engaged teens and young adults in summer work experiences where they acquired real world skills and knowledge.

City of Learning 2015 Partnership with The Labs @ CLP and Summer Reading Program
$6,500 » Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 2015 City of Learning project support

City of Learning 2015 Partnership with The Labs @ CLP and Summer Reading Program - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), a project of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, created opportunities for youth to explore new interests and continue learning throughout the summer months to help students maintain or increase academic gains achieved during the school year. The project engaged youth via two distinct programs: The Labs @ CLP and the Summer Reading Program, offering badgeable learning opportunities for teens related to both reading and technology. Additionally, Pittsburgh kicked off the 2015 City of Learning campaign at CLP’s 15th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza on June 7, 2015, an all-ages community event that celebrated the City’s community of readers, connecting them to learning opportunities not only at CLP, but also at other informal learning sites.

City of Learning 2015 Pop Up Events
$5,000 via 10 grants, 2015 City of Learning sponsorship

City of Learning Pop Up Events were free, informal public gatherings that created accessible opportunities for young people and families to learn through making, tinkering, and exploring. Featuring a range of learning activities in a diversity of settings throughout the city of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities of Allegheny County, these pop-up events provided free and fun interest-driven learning opportunities to expand participation in Pittsburgh City of Learning. The following organizations were supported to host Pop Up Events in July and August 2015: Assemble, YMCA Greater Pittsburgh (Hilltop & Homewood-Brushton), Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation WYEP FM, Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Mattress Factory, TekStart, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hazelwood, and Element Church.

Co-opoly Untournament
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Co-opoly Untournament, a project lead by Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives and fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, was a series of informal workshops that encouraged participants to play Co-opoly, the cooperate version of “Monopoly”. The board game introduced players to cooperative principles and the economic opportunity that cooperatives present. Prior to and in between “UnTournaments” game sets were left at public locations along with information on the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives, the background on cooperatives, and the Cooperate Pittsburgh Directory to help generate interest in local cooperatives and future “UnTournament” gatherings.

Collaboration to Prevent Violence
$10,000 » Brightwood Civic Group, 2015 One Northside project support

Collaboration to Prevent Violence, a project of Brightwood Civic Group, reduced violence in the community by engaging stakeholders and integrating services to demonstrate how a collective approach can resolve issues. A steering committee of community stakeholders identified the reasons for the increase in violence, and developed a plan to improve the living conditions in Marshall-Shadeland by researching strategies to decrease violence, addressing the portfolio of real estate, and identifying opportunities for young offenders to participate in positive workforce activities.

Color Play by Light Bright Beautiful Puppetry
$12,000 » Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2015 Spark project support

Color Play by Light Bright Beautiful Puppetry, a project fiscally sponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, introduced Pre-K children to the concepts of color mixing, rainbows and light through interactive STEAM programming at the Edgewood, Oakmont, and Bethel Park libraries. During each of the three series of six workshops, art educators provided interactive learning stations, group work, and hands-on art making for the child and caregiver to learn collaboratively about a color and a scientific concept. Additionally, one-time workshops, professional development sessions, and family performances at alternative libraries were used to extend the engagement and learning opportunities available through the project.

Committed to Rethinking Education
$500 » Environmental Charter School, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Committed to Rethinking Education, an event hosted by the Environmental Charter School, was a two-day conference to re-imagine education while collaborating with teachers through workshops and providing them with the tools to move toward a more innovative approach in classrooms around the region. The event took place at Environmental Charter School’s Upper and Lower Schools.

Community Arts Night at John Morrow
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Community Arts Night at John Morrow, a project led by Kate Kelly, organized a showcase of student and teacher talent at John Marrow, an elementary school in the Brighton Heights neighborhood recognized for its excellence in music. More than 300 neighbors attended Community Arts Night to enjoy performances by the percussion ensemble, work from the third grade artist residency, and art installations made by students in collaboration with artist educators from the Mattress Factory museum in the Central Northside.

Community Hub @ Café on the Corner
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Community Hub @ Café on the Corne enabled LaTeresa and Michael Blackwell to create the Community Hub at their business, Café on the Corner, as a safe haven for neighborhood residents— a place with good food and good conversation. With free Wi-Fi service, board and card games, visual art and musical performances, the Community Hub attracted more than 30 visitors each day and broke down barriers between longtime residents and people newer to the neighborhood.

Community Outreach in the Elizabeth Forward FABLab
$1,000 » Elizabeth Forward School District, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Community Outreach in the Elizabeth Forward FABLab, a project of Elizabeth Forward School District, was a series of open-to-the-community evening learning workshops at Elizabeth Forward School’s FABLab. The project provided access to digital fabrication tools and hardware so adults could learn more about the Maker movement, tech trades, and inventive projects in a similar fashion to East Liberty’s TechShop. The project targeted residents of southern Allegheny County, and included outreach to Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Greene counties.

Community Pride Day
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Community Pride Day, a project of the South Hilltop Men’s Group that was fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, engaged Beltzhoover residents in clearing entire lots of overgrown vegetation along with garbage that had been illegally dumped. Target locations were chosen prior to the cleanup day based on a community process in which residents prioritized certain areas, specifically children’s play spaces, bus stops, and high traffic areas.

Cosmic Collaboration
$1,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Cosmic Collaboration, a project of Carnegie Mellon University’s Astronomy Club in partnership with University of Pittsburgh’s Space Exploration and Astronomy Club, brought awareness to changes planned for city lighting. Students from the two clubs worked together to facilitate activities in various locations around the city where people gather outside at night, helping the public to explore the effects of light pollution, light trespassing, light clutter, and up-lighting in the urban environment.

Creation Station
$10,000 » Baldwin-Whitehall School District, 2015 Spark project support

Creation Station, a project of Baldwin-Whitehall School District, transformed the school libraries at the three district elementary schools into multi-media spaces with production and performance capabilities. The Creation Stations included a green screen with video production equipment, an imagination area equipped with robotics kits, a mobile makerspace lab, and Lego story starter and visualizer kits to provide programming in the areas of coding, robotics, and make and design. Project facilitators were trained at The Children’s Museum through Educator Boot Camp development sessions and used this maker training to write curricula that aligned with the district’s elementary content areas.

Crossing Fences Oral History Celebrations 2015
$1,000 » SLB Radio Productions, Inc., 2015 Hive sponsorship

Crossing Fences Oral History Celebrations 2015, a project of SLB Radio Productions, Inc., celebrated the release of new oral history recordings created by African American boys interviewing African American men in Homewood, Braddock, and Sheraden. Recordings and printed books were released at the event on November 17, 2015 at the August Wilson Center.

#DareToImagine
$5,000 » Assemble, 2015 Seed Award project support

#DareToImagine, a project of Assemble, was a collection of public art installations created by artists at Assemble, BOOM Concepts, and Bunker Projects as part of the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture’s weeklong #DareToImagine campaign October 10th - 18th, 2015. Participating artists created ‘Imagination Stations’ that engaged the public in imagining the future of social and cultural issues currently facing communities in America and Around the world.

Data & Privacy Workshop
$1,000 » University of Pittsburgh, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Data & Privacy Workshop, an event hosted by Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, was the first in a new series of events focusing on the social, cultural, and ethical issues of data gathering. This event focused specifically on the implications for libraries and library users.

Deutschtown City Steps Mosaic Mural
$1,050 » Community Alliance of Spring Garden - East Deutschtown, 2015 One Northside project support

Deutschtown City Steps Mosaic Mural covered the cement base of the city steps at a landmark intersection in the East Allegheny-Deutschtown and Spring Garden neighborhoods with a mosaic mural. The mural was approximately 120 square feet and featured imagery relevant to the history of the neighborhoods. It also coordinated with the completed mural at Homer and Damas in the Spring Hill-City View neighborhood. Residents helped make parts of the mural in neighborhood workshops at City View Church and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

Deutschtown Public Art Mural
$10,000 » East Allegheny Community Council, 2015 One Northside project support

Deutschtown Public Art Mural, a project of East Allegheny Community Council, engaged a local artist to create a mural that highlighted positive aspects of area, with a committee of residents and business owners ultimately selecting the mural design. The mural replaced a blank wall in the business district where large community events regularly took place.

Digital Corps Host Sites 2015
$5,500 via 11 grants, 2015 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 2015, the Digital Corps worked with 11 host sites.

Digital Storytelling
$15,000 » Melting Pot Ministries, 2015 Hive project support

Digital Storytelling, a project of Melting Pot Ministries, combined narrative with digital media such as images, sound, and video to create a short story. The process of creating a digital story involved developing a wide set of skills, including researching topics, writing scripts, storyboarding, and assembling the final product using video editing software. Story topics ranged from personal tales to the recounting of historical events in the students’ own community. The stories were then used to produce a spoken word production for their families.

DRAW Pittsburgh
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

DRAW Pittsburgh, a project led by independent artist Sara Beck Sweeney, hosted regular gatherings for professional and amateur artists to draw and socialize at Northside neighborhood venues like the Neu Kirche Contemporary Arts Center and Arnold’s Tea. Nearly fifty Northsiders, including neighborhood children and retired people in their 70s, participated in figure drawing, still life, and imaginative drawing sessions.

Dust or Magic Institute Conference Stipend
$1,350 » Pixure Book Publishing, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Dust or Magic Institute Conference Stipend, a project of Pixure Book Publishing, enabled Josie Cellone, CEO at Pixure Book Publishing, to participate in the 15th Annual Dust or Magic Institute in Lambertville, NJ November 1-3, 2015. The Dust or Magic Institute brought together people passionate about the potential of children’s interactive media. Conference workshops included critiques of the year’s new releases in children’s media, panels discussing standards for labeling content as “educational”, information on how to adapt technology for the new devices and integrate them in the classroom, and live product testing at the Mediatech Foundation with children.

Ed-Tech Refinery Partnership
$10,000 » ASSET STEM Education & Expii, 2015 Remake Learning project support

ASSET STEM Education, in partnership with Expii, Inc., conducted user testing of Expii’s online learning platform through thoughtfully-designed and -implemented workshops, focus groups and follow-up conversations with middle and high school educators and students. As a self-described “Wikipedia for adaptive and interactive education,” Expii crowdsources written explanations of science and math content to capture diverse viewpoints and ways of thinking about and defining each concept. By enabling connections between learners, the company hopes to transform peer-to-peer learning support and tutoring.

Ed-Tech Refinery Partnership
$10,000 » ASSET STEM Education & The Wrinkled Brain Project, 2015 Remake Learning project support

ASSET STEM Education, in partnership with The Wrinkled Brain Project, designed and piloted teacher training around the Gedanken science learning product. With a name based on the German word for “thought experiment,” Gedanken helps students “think science” through a collaborative program involving professional scientists. Video clips and printable materials help educators guide students through creative thinking, collaboration, decision making and evidence-based reasoning toward addressing scientific issues/challenges. ASSET saw potential for Gedanken as a vehicle for developing these important process skills and thereby help to enhance student learning.

Ed-Tech Refinery Partnership
$10,000 » Avonworth School District & DECO Resources, 2015 Remake Learning project support

Avonworth School District assisted DECO Resources with curriculum design for formal and informal STEM experiences. The core STEM focus was on soil and water analysis in mirroring the NASA Mars expedition to that of urban land renewal. PA Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and International Society for Technology Education Standards (ISTE) were be integrated into the design. On the elementary level, DECO Resources collaborated with elementary teachers (grades 3-5) in piloting a course as part of Avonworth Elementary’s STEAM Days of Collaboration, which were delivered during the school day and that support the district’s curriculum. On the middle school level, DECO Resources worked with the sponsor and student participants of Avonworth Middle School’s Environmental Club, an extracurricular activity.

Ed-Tech Refinery Partnership
$10,000 » Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh & Pixure Book Publishing, 2015 Remake Learning project support

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) and Pixure Book Publishing partnered on a pilot project to help bridge the digital divide in Pittsburgh’s most underserved neighborhoods. Through this initiative, they enhanced CLP’s successful children’s technology program (“All Hands on Tech”) as well as The Labs @ CLP by introducing Pixure Books’ innovative and interactive children’s storybook applications to children and families at several CLP neighborhood libraries. Children and families had the opportunity to advance learning through technology by play testing interactive storybook apps in the library. This new type of engagement supports learning through experimenting and design.

Ed-Tech Refinery Partnership
$10,000 » Montour School District & NoRILLA, 2015 Remake Learning project support

Montour School District assisted NoRILLA by developing the technology further, testing it in a real school environment, and iterating on it to make it more beneficial for children and teachers. NoRILLA (Novel Research-based Intelligent Lifelong Learning Apparatus) introduces an intelligent system and technology that utilizes affordable camera sensing and a specialized vision algorithm to track children’s interaction with physical objects in the real world and provides just-in-time interactive feedback and scaffolding based on effective pedagogical supports. It is a educational mixed-reality system that bridges the advantages of physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s science learning, understanding and enjoyment in a collaborative way, in both formal and informal learning settings. Experiments have shown that NoRILLA improves children’s science learning by 5 times compared to equivalent tablet and computer-based learning while also increasing enjoyment.

Ed-Tech Refinery Partnership
$10,000 » South Fayette Township School District, 2015 Remake Learning project support

South Fayette Township School District, in partnership with Project Playground, piloted a teacher-friendly application designed to measure and improve students’ collaboration skills over time. The work sought to determine if teachers can gain greater insights to the critical need to measure students’ abilities to think critically and collaborate with peers. An outside evaluator, hired through the grant, assisted classroom teachers in this process and evaluate Project Playground’s methods. All first grade students and teachers in our STEAM Makerspace participated in the pilot while students were working on project based learning already embedded into the South Fayette curriculum.

Education for the 21st Century Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Education for the 21st Century Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Dror Yaron of the Create Lab at Carnegie Mellon University to attend and present at The Education in the 21st Century Conference from June 30 - July 2, 2015 in Israel. Presented by Gordon College of Education in partnership with The International European Commission Tempus Project DOIT, this international conference invited experts from all over the world who were involved in innovative practices and research on promoting multicultural education, cultural diversity, as well as children’s rights through education, to participate and present their research and best practices. Dror also conducted several other site visits on behalf of The Remake Learning Network.

El Sistema Smart Music Program
$1,050 » Urban Impact, 2015 One Northside project support

El Sistema Smart Music Program, a project of Urban Impact, engaged more than forty students from Allegheny Traditional Academy, Perry Traditional Academy, CAPA, and All-City schools in personalized music tutoring. Using state-of-the-art Smart Music software, more students were able to receive intuitive one-on-one instruction despite limited instructors. The project culminated in a final performance at the “Roots of the Future” concert held at Allegheny Center Alliance Church.

Emerging Technologies Forum
$1,500 » Zulama LLC, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Emerging Technologies Forum, a project of Zulama LLC, enabled Nikki Navta, founder and CEO of Zulama, to attend the Emerging Technologies Forum in Philadelphia from June 26-27, 2015. The State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) accepted only 10 emerging partners each year to attend this event where companies showcased their products and services and SETDA members, representing the state departments of education, highlighted their major initiatives and priorities. There was additionally a follow-up conference in October 2015, where Zulama was eligible to attend the Leadership Summit as a part of the program.

Enabling local teens to gain hands-on experience in production through interviews with local badge innovators and experts on topics including art and storytelling, engineering, environmental science, gaming, robotics, design and making, and entrepreneurship.
$5,000 » Manchester Craftsmens Guild, 2015 City of Learning project support

Learning Pathways Student Video Series, a project of Manchester Craftsmens Guild, supported the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild student video team to interview a diverse array of professionals about their Learning Pathways and produce short films about their findings. The project enabled local teens to gain hands-on experience in production by creating raw footage of interviews with local innovators and experts discussing their roles within the community. The interviews explored topics such as art/storytelling, engineering, environmental science, gaming, robotics, design and making, and entrepreneurship.

EnergyMakers Middle School Program
$15,000 » Fairmont State Foundation Inc., 2015 Hive project support

EnergyMakers Middle School Program, a project of Fairmont State Foundation Inc., was a school-day program for youth in grades 7-8 that utilized community-based participatory research methods in order to promote responsible fossil-fuel use and environmental stewardship. Using microprocessor air quality monitors that they designed and built, students collected and analyzed data, identified problems, and designed solutions related to air quality. The program provided middle school teachers with 24 lessons that aligned with middle school Next Generation and 21st Century standards along with professional development in Connected Learning pedagogy.

Engagement Party
$1,000 » Pugliano, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

Engagement Party, a project of Leigh Solomon Pugliano and Janera Solomon, was a collective gathering of female artists who answered the question, “What inspires you to create and make change?” within their discipline.

EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
$1,500 » The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 2015 Spark sponsorship

EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, an event hosted by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brought more than 25,000 attendees, including children, youth, families, and school groups to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District to experience a variety of performing arts, activity booths, and community stages. This annual event enabled both the young and young-at-heart to explore the world through theater, live music, dance, and puppetry from May 14-17, 2015.

Expanding Youth Opportunities in Perry Hilltop
$10,000 » Perry Hilltop Citizens Council, 2015 One Northside project support

Expanding Youth Opportunities in Perry Hilltop, a project of Perry Hilltop Citizens Council, provided financial assistance to help families in need afford educational programming and enrichment activities at The Pittsburgh Project and Ms. Terry’s Project.

Explore the New Manufacturing Video Challenge
$15,000 » Catalyst Connection, 2015 Hive project support

Explore the New Manufacturing Video Challenge, a project of Catalyst Connection, was a video production competition that taught students about careers and companies in the manufacturing industry. Middle school students from eight school districts in four of southwestern Pennsylvania’s counties visited with different manufacturing companies in the region to learn what those companies do and how they do it. The students then made a video to present what they learned at a multimedia competition. This project gave students the opportunity to explore career opportunities in manufacturing and helped hone their skills in teamwork, communication, writing, marketing, time management, and storytelling. The videos produced were also shown to more youth in the region to highlight available career opportunities in the manufacturing industry.

Fallow Grounds for Sculpture
$1,050 » Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, 2015 One Northside project support

Fallow Grounds for Sculpture, a project of Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, activated a vacant lot in the East Deutschtown section of the neighborhood through a commissioned public art project that incorporated the participation of neighbors. For the first installment of the series, local artist Jesse Kauppila played a game of checkers with 71 community members ranging in age from 5 to 85. By documenting each game, the artist created a fifteen-foot brick visualization of every move made in the games, highlighting the labor required to construct relationships along with the role the built environment has in sculpting our social interactions. The art work was permanently installed for outdoor, public exhibition on Concord Street in East Deutschtown.

Family STEM Night
$1,000 » Robert Morris University, 2015 Spark sponsorship

Family STEM Night, an event hosted by Robert Morris University, was an outreach event for elementary school students and their families to visit the RMU campus, meet instructors and professionals in STEM fields, and participate in hands-on STEM learning activities. Families were invited to engage in various interactive experiments while learning more about the exciting STEM disciplines.

The Fantasy Black Draft
$1,000 » 7th Movement Development, LLC, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

The Fantasy Black Draft, a project of 7th Movement Development, was a live pseudo-sports draft event during which fifty Black Pittsburghers who have left to live in other cities were invited to consider returning to Pittsburgh by a diverse set of ten Pittsburgh stakeholders and leaders. Utilizing the dramaturgy of a football sports draft, The Fantasy Black Draft invited the Pittsburgh public to nominate Black former Pittsburghers who had left Pittsburgh to return and contribute to Pittsburgh’s progress via the technology, education, medical, financial development and public policy sectors based on their professional experience. The Fantasy Black Draft was a precursor to a larger project entitled The Black Draft, during which five Black former Pittsburghers were drafted to return to Pittsburgh and five Black current Pittsburghers were drafted to stay in Pittsburgh.

Feastival
$500 » McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Feastival, a project of McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, was a community engagement celebration featuring food, music, and art in downtown McKees Rocks. Aimed at generating excitement and engagement around McKees Rocks and nearby communities, the event estimated an attendance of approximately 4,000 people on August 1, 2015.

Fineview Community Garden Improvement
$1,050 » Fineview Citizens Council, 2015 One Northside project support

Fineview Community Garden Improvement, a project of Fineview Citizens Council, improved the Fineview Community Garden by replacing a broken gate, building additional raised beds, purchasing a composter along with top soil and mulch, and adding a welcome signage. The project increased the sense of community ownership of the garden and fostered community identity for the Fineview neighborhood.

Fineview Gateway Green+Screen
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Fineview Gateway Green+Screen, a project led by Robyn Doyle, beautified intersections and gateways in the Fineview neighborhood with a special focus on the intersection of Carrie and Warren where volunteers from the community, as well as hired contractors and arborists, repaired infrastructure, cleared green spaces, and restored the neighborhood’s welcome signage. To help maintain their efforts, the project team worked with Fineview Citizens Council, city government officials, and GTECH Strategies.

FIRST Championship Conference
$1,000 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

FIRST Championship Conference, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Theresa Richards, team leader, to take the entire Girls of Steel team to the conference by bus to compete at this national robotics and engineering event. Pittsburgh’s Girls of Steel won the Chairman’s Award at the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in Cleveland, which qualified the team to compete in the FRC Championship in St. Louis.

First Steps In Coding
$10,000 » ASSET STEM Education, 2015 Spark project support

First Steps In Coding, a project of ASSET STEM Education, was a pilot program to form an educator/parent-friendly teaching framework that fostered young children’s skills in visual memory, basic number sense, problem solving, and language through play. In partnership with daycares, early childhood centers, and parents, the project equipped educators of children ages 3-5 with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate age-appropriate learning around coding/programming.

Funding to a Tea
$500 » Healcrest Urban Farm, LLC, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Funding to a Tea, a project of Healcrest Urban Farm, LLC, was a gathering of women entrepreneurs to learn about fundraising strategies, share ideas, and build connections with other young women leaders. Approximately 100 women attended the event on June 9th, 2015 at Healcrest Urban Farm.

Future Tenant Education Program Spring 2016
$3,500 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Hive project support

Future Tenant Education Program Spring 2016, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, consisted of a Mentorship and Speaker Series that helped prepare high school students to launch a successful career in the arts industry. The Speaker Series brought local artists, arts management professionals, and business owners to Future Tenant to provide workshop-style learning experiences for youth outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Garfield’s Pitch-In Project
$1,000 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Garfield’s Pitch-In Project, a project of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, was an adopt-a-trash can program where residents took on the responsibility of owning and maintaining a public trash can. Through this project, residents were given the opportunity to become stewards of their surrounding sidewalks and helped to be part of an ongoing clean-up effort. Through collaborations with Garfield artists, the garbage cans were decorated in order to make them noticeable, creative, and fun so that people wanted to throw their garbage in them.

Getting There: A Morning Walk in the Dark
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Getting There…A Morning Walk in the Dark, a project of Brett and Chandler Searcy, brought awareness to the community of the difficulties that Perry Hilltop students encounter getting to school—such as broken city steps, “snow stops” miles away from regular bus stops, unsafe routes, and dark pathways—causing poor attendance and lower achievement at school. More than 30 parents, students, teachers, and representatives from government, foundations, universities, and businesses took a “Walk in My Shoes in the Dark” on November 5, 2015 with students and afterward listened to a youth panel, enabling participants to experience the structural difficulties that Northside students face getting to school. This youth-led project succeeded in attracting mainstream media attention for issues addressed by the youth panel and the walk in the dark with a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on the front page of the Local section.

Giant Puppet Dance Club
$1,050 » Studio Capezzuti, 2015 One Northside project support

Giant Puppet Dance Club, a project of Studio Capezzuti, From Brighton Heights, supported Cheryl Capezzuti and members of her Giant Puppet Dance Club to perform dances and sketches at Marmaduke Park, Riverview Park, at a JP Gallery Theater Performance, the Sticky Picnic, the Pittsburgh Project, and at the Brighton Heights Neighborhood Halloween Festival. People of all ages had the chance to learn the choreography and the basics of puppet dancing and join in the fun!

Green Up Troy Hill
$1,050 » Troy Hill Tree Tenders, Troy Hooligans & Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 2015 One Northside project support

Green Up Troy Hill, a project of Troy Hill Tree Tenders, engaged neighborhood residents and volunteers from across the city to plant hardy, native perennials in the 114 TreeVitalize Tree Pits throughout the neighborhood of Troy Hill. Volunteers from the community helped with planting and were rewarded with a potluck lunch afterwards. Volunteers cared for the new plantings through regular watering and maintenance. The enhanced and maintained tree pits demonstrated to commuters that Troy Hill is a community where residents invest in their neighborhood while also instilling a sense of pride for those that live in Troy Hill.

Growing Healthy Lives (2nd Grade STEAM)
$1,000 » Chartiers Valley School District, 2015 Spark project support

Growing Healthy Lives (2nd Grade STEAM), a project of Chartiers Valley School District, was a student planned and maintained school garden. The garden enabled students to explore structure, function, and the life-cycle of plants while using technology to gather and interpret data that connected real life science to PA Standards. In addition to having classroom teachers, specialist teachers, and community members facilitate learning in the garden, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden acted as a resource for both teachers and students on background information and inspiration in order to create and sustain the garden.

Growing Morrow
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Growing Morrow, a project led by Donna Nyambe, worked with Brighton Heights neighbors to build a vegetable garden on the campus of John Morrow Elementary School where K-8 grade students and neighbors, including neighboring senior citizens in high rises, cultivated vegetables and maintained a healthy greenspace in their community. More than 250 students and teachers participated in the projects, working together to start new plantings from seed, raise healthy and strong seedlings for transplantation, and then cultivate multiple summer crops of fresh produce.

Hacking Workshop and Guided Making Sessions
$1,000 » assemble, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

Hacking Workshop and Guided Making Sessions, a project of Assemble, were workshops where participants were guided through a hacking activity, taking apart an everyday, vernacular object and transforming it into anything else.

Handmade Revolution
$1,000 » BOOM Concepts, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

Handmade Revolution, a project of Bekezela Mguni and D.S. Kinsel, used a visit to Boom Concepts to celebrate Zines/Zine-making as a democratic art form while producing a collective Zine made by conference attendees.

Heathside Cottage Victorian Garden Party
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Heathside Cottage Victorian Garden Party, a project led by Greg Manley, transformed Heathside Cottage, a Victorian Gothic residence listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into a site for the celebration of local history, traditional foods, storytelling, song, and dance. A public event attracted more than 100 guests from Fineview and surrounding neighborhoods to the Cottage, including some from Allegheny Dwellings.

Historic Deutschtown Live, Work, Play
$1,050 » East Allegheny Community Council, 2015 One Northside project support

Historic Deutschtown Live, Work, Play, a project of East Allegheny Community Council, produced a short promotional film focused on the future of business and commerce in Historic Deutschtown featuring interviews with residents and business owners discussing the opportunities and challenges facing this historic business district. With an implicit ‘shop small, buy local’ message, the film sought to attract a younger generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders to the opportunities in the area.

Hives and Honey on the Hilltop
$1,050 » Ballfield Farm & The Pittsburgh Project, 2015 One Northside project support

Hives and Honey on the Hilltop, a project of Ballfield Farm & The Pittsburgh Project, established beehives at Ballfield Farm in Perry Hilltop to help the natural landscape heal, agriculture flourish, and local honey be produced. Neighborhood children from the Pittsburgh Project participated by painting the hives, which pollinated gardens at Ballfield Farm that provide fresh food for more than nearby 30 households.

Hour of Code
$1,500 via 3 grants, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

The Hour of Code was a global initiative introducing tens of millions of students in 180+ countries to computer science. One-hour tutorials were available in over 40 languages and lessons were designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. To provide funding support for Hour of Code activities, Sprout supported Assemble, Volunteers of America, and The Center that C.A.R.E.S. to each host Hour of Code activities for local youth.

Imagination Station 4Innovation
$15,000 » Brentwood Borough School District, 2015 Spark project support

Imagination Station 4Innovation, a project of Brentwood Borough School District, was a space at Moore Elementary school where creativity came to life by incorporating technology and innovation across all disciplines. The space was used to engage 60 fourth grade students in a robotics and animation program where children designed, programed, and built a virtual, robotic dream house. The program was then incorporated into the regular electrical circuits curriculum for fourth grade students at Moore Elementary. By participating in the program, students developed basic programming and coding abilities to enhance sequencing skills, as well as soft skills like collaboration and effective communication.

Innovative & Inclusive City Keynote
$1,000 » GTECH Strategies, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Innovative & Inclusive City Keynote, a project of GTECH Strategies, was the featured speaking event of CEOs for Cities, an interactive workshop on developing inclusive economic strategies to catalyze hotbeds of talent and innovation, using unlikely partnerships. Peter Sims, author and venture investor, delivered the Keynote address on June 11, 2015 to an audience of 250-300 attendees from 24 cities.

Integrated Design of an Outdoor Space
$1,000 » Holy Family Institute, 2015 Hive project support

Integrated Design of an Outdoor Space, a project of Holy Family Institute, was the creation of a free outdoor classroom for students in Pittsburgh. While there was no curriculum or lessons for children to follow, there were seminars held at the outdoor space in order to discuss important issues and topics in and around the city.

ISTE 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » Cornell School District, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

ISTE 2015 Conference Stipend - Cornell School District, a project of Cornell School District, enabled Kris Hupp, 21st Century Teaching & Learning Coach at Cornell School District, to attend the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA from June 28 – July 1, 2015. The annual ISTE Conference provided a forum in which to learn, exchange ideas, and survey the field of cutting-edge educational technology. At the conference, Kris presented at the Give Your Students News Program an Upgrade session. The session was an expansion on an article he wrote for the February 2014 issue of the ISTE publication, Learning and Leading with Technology.

ISTE 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » Fort Cherry School District, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

ISTE 2015 Conference Stipend - Fort Cherry School District, a project of Fort Cherry School District, enabled Trisha Craig, Director of Curriculum at Fort Cherry School District, to attend the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA from June 28 – July 1, 2015. The annual ISTE Conference provided a forum in which to learn, exchange ideas, and survey the field of cutting-edge educational technology. At the conference, Trisha presented on the positive impact the Kids+Creativity Network has had on the development of Fort Cherry School District’s student programming, facilities, and professional growth.

ISTE 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » Uniontown Area School District, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

ISTE 2015 Conference Stipend - Uniontown Area School District, a project of Uniontown Area School District, enabled Angela Capuzzi, an Art Teacher in the Uniontown Area School District, to attend the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA from June 28 – July 1, 2015. The annual ISTE Conference provided a forum in which to learn, exchange ideas, and survey the field of cutting-edge educational technology. At the conference, Angela volunteered at the Creativity Playground, where attendees were encouraged to experiment and play with tools and processes that foster creativity.

Kickstarting Making
$8,000 via 8 grants, 2015 Remake Learning project support

Kickstarting Making, an initiative led by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, helped local school districts raise funds on Kickstarter to create makerspaces in their buildings. Sprout supported 8 schools to help them meet their Kickstarting Making campaign goals: Burgettstown Area School District, Canon-McMillan School District, Environmental Charter School, Ligonier Valley School District, Monessen School District, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Woodland Hills School District, and Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh.

Kids Reaching Out
$2,500 » South Fayette Township School District, 2015 Hive project support

Kids Reaching Out, a project of South Fayette Township School District, was a multidisciplinary service learning project that incorporated practical skill learning and global outreach. Through the project, middle school students at South Fayette Middle School learned about French influence on Haitian culture, the socioeconomic condition of Haiti, and how to produce simple clothing for Haitian children. By participating in the program students learned how to design and sew the garments, developing skills such as drafting a pattern, measuring and cutting, operating a sewing machine, and learning quality control in making a product.

Learning Together 2015
$1,000 » Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Learning Together 2015, an event of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, was an annual conference of school directors representing 42 school districts. The conference took place at the Sheraton Station Square on March 30, 2015, bringing together regional decision makers and thought leaders to share best practices, promote student achievement, and discuss issues impacting public education.

Learning Urban Nature through Art
$15,000 » The Kingsley Association, 2015 Hive project support

Learning Urban Nature through Art, a project of The Kingsley Association, was an afterschool program for Larimer youth. Participants learned about the trees, plants, and flowers best suited for Larimer and shared what they learned with the community through an online plant-identification database, a downloadable and printed planting field guide, and painted banners that identified Choice Neighborhood Initiative green spaces. Participants were also introduced to professionals in the field, including professionals from the Penn State Center 4-H, Environment, and Horticulture Programs, Tree Pittsburgh, and Phipps Conservatory.

Life Stages in Pages
$5,000 » Hill House Association, 2015 Hive project support

Life Stages in Pages, a project of Hill House Association, was a creative writing program for 20 young women ages 14-21 in the Hill District. Weekly workshops gave the young women an opportunity to express themselves and their experiences through poetry, prose, and song lyrics in a safe, creative, and supportive environment. Workshops included journal writing and role-playing along with dialogue and writing exercises meant to encourage written expression of internal struggles and external obstacles. In addition to the workshops, outside assignments were given, such as contributing to a blog, and twice a year there were evening programs where the students read and/or performed their original works.

Little Free Libraries
$5,000 » SLB Radio Productions, Inc., 2015 One Northside project support

Little Free Libraries, a project of SLB Radio Productions, Inc., worked to install at least one Little Free Library in each Northside community along with a champion who was given a stipend to maintain the library. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Science Center served as collaborators on the project, supporting the decoration of the libraries as well as engaging students in design.

Lydia’s Attic
$10,000 » Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley, 2015 Spark project support

Lydia’s Attic, a project of Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, was an exhibit that enabled visitors to come away with a better understanding of the culture, technology, and people of the past, and to enjoy interacting with the space. This collaborative project was designed to use GigaPan technology to create a physical exhibit and supplemental programming that highlighted the home and history of Lydia Boggs Shepherd, one of the key figures in bringing Route 40 through Wheeling West Virginia.

Lyrics and Lettering
$1,000 » Arts Greenhouse at CMU, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

Lyrics and Lettering, a project of Arts Greenhouse at Carnegie Mellon University, was a participatory Hip Hop printmaking event from Arts Greenhouse and Mobile Print Power.

MACS IOWN Enterprising Education
$1,050 » Manchester Academic Charter School, 2015 One Northside project support

MACS IOWN Enterprising Education, a project of Manchester Academic Charter School, connected students at the Manchester Academic Charter School with local businesses through field trips and entrepreneurial competitions that helped students work toward a business opportunity aligned with their personal interest. Students worked with coaches and mentors drawn from a group of local small business owners to create a business plan, market the products and services, raise money to build their businesses, and showcase their work. The young people gained valuable leadership development skills and cultivated their potential to become the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Maker Mondays at the Library
$1,000 » Northern Tier Regional Library Association, 2015 Hive project support

Maker Mondays at the Library, a project of Northern Tier Regional Library Association, was a weekly youth program at the Pine Branch Library that was structured through the use of maker boxes. The five boxes focused on arts and crafts, button making, electronics, sewing, and woodworking and utilized the new maker space area in the library.

Maker Nights @ ARC
$1,000 » Avonworth School District, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Maker Nights @ ARC, a project of Avonworth School District, extended the use of the Avonworth Resource Center’s Maker Space to the community, regardless of age. In addition to the open use of the maker space’s machines and materials, teachers developed and facilitated guided tutorials to help those who were unfamiliar with the resources available to make something by end of Maker Night session. This hands-on opportunity allowed anyone in the community to come and explore what the maker space had to offer.

Manchester Community Block Party 2015
$1,050 » Manchester Citizens Corporation (MCC), 2015 One Northside project support

Manchester Community Block Party 2015, a project of Manchester Citizens Corporation (MCC), hosted a community gathering with food, games, entertainment, and raffles. Local businesses and nonprofits showcased their services to help neighborhood residents connect with job opportunities and other community assets available to them.

Manchester Fruit Tree Project
$1,000 » Tree Pittsburgh, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Manchester Fruit Tree Project, a project of Tree Pittsburgh, was the development of a fruit tree orchard at Manchester Academic Charter School. Tree Pittsburgh in partnership with the Drew Mathieson Center for Horticulture and Agricultural Technology at Manchester Bidwell Corporation additionally introduced students to the values of trees, specifics of fruit trees, and proper tree care through supplemental education programs associated to the neighborhood fruit tree orchard. The project increased Manchester’s food capacity, educated students and residents about urban fruit tree orchards, and revitalized vacant urban land, making an investment in both the present and future lives of MACS students and Manchester residents.

Manchester Math, Mud & More Summer Camp
$1,050 » Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association & GTECH Strategies, 2015 One Northside project support

Manchester Math, Mud & More Summer Camp, a project of Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association & GTECH Strategies, From Manchester, Lisa Freeman led an 8-week summer camp for 25 students from Pittsburgh Manchester K-8, combining math tutoring with healthy outdoor activities in the Manchester Growing Together Garden. Math Doctors, acclaimed educators combining mathematics tutoring and youth-adult mentoring, held sessions in the “mud” of the garden, combining math and science instruction with healthy outdoor activities.

Manchester Pittsburgh: Clean, Green, Beautiful
$10,000 » Manchester Citizens Corporation, 2015 One Northside project support

Manchester Pittsburgh: Clean, Green, Beautiful, a project of Manchester Citizens Corporation, increased the number of Free Little Libraries and trash receptacles in Chateau and Manchester, particularly along bus stops and areas of high traffic, and also supported tree care in the Chateau Corridor. Young adults were encouraged to become involved through workshops on teach tree care, carpentry, and design skills as they helped build Little Free Libraries and beautify the neighborhood.

Mastering Motherhood Workshop Series
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Mastering Motherhood Workshop Series, a project led by Cynthia Mendoza, was a three-month workshop series helping more than 20 low-income mothers in the Perry North/Observatory Hill community develop the skills necessary to excel at motherhood and household management, including sewing, meal planning, green cleaning, and more.

MCG Youth & Arts
$10,000 » Manchester Craftsmens Guild, 2015 One Northside project support

MCG Youth & Arts, a project of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, engaged eighth-grade Pittsburgh Public Schools students on the Northside in artmaking activities at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, giving them the opportunity to explore the studios and participate in two make-it-and-take-it activities. The project introduced Northside youth to the empowering atmosphere and experiential learning available through MCG’s programming to improve their likelihood of taking part in such activities during high school.

Media Empowerment Students Summit (M.E.S.S.) 2015
$2,500 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Hive sponsorship

Media Empowerment Students Summit (M.E.S.S.) 2015, an event hosted by the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, was the second annual summit on youth media, advocacy, and development groups, highlighting youth voice and empowerment. An estimated 120 young people and 20 youth-serving organizations participated in the event on November 7, 2015 at Carnegie Mellon University and at a second event in February 2016.

Meet Tomorrow’s Morrow
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Meet Tomorrow’s Morrow, a project led by Lawrence Ehrlich, connected John Morrow Elementary School to the community by establishing a monthly meeting and workshop series where community members could learn about current and future enrichment programs offered at the school.

MIT Solve Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Environmental Charter School, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

MIT Solve Conference Stipend, a project of Environmental Charter School, enabled Todd Hoffman, Director of Technology at Environmental Charter School, to participate in MIT Solve in Cambridge, MA on October 5-8, 2015. Solve embraced a diverse community of thought leaders and activists, empowered them to work together, and held them accountable for their commitments and actions. This conference was designed to connect people across the globe in order to collaborate on the development of viable and innovative solutions to pressing problems like education.

Mobile FABLab
$15,000 » Elizabeth Forward School District, 2015 Spark project support

Mobile FABLab, a project of the Elizabeth Forward School District, created a mobile maker lab endorsed by MIT’s Fab Lab program research, enabling materials, technology, and elementary-level curriculum to be brought around the region for summer and after-school programming. A playbook that included elementary level maker lab curriculum as well as information on how to build a mobile FABLab supplemented the mobile lab to deepen engagement.

Mon Valley Way Finding Project
$1,000 » Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Mon Valley Way Finding Project, a project of Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation (ROSHC) in partnership with North Braddock artist Edith Abeyta, re-connected Mon-Valley residents with the physical remnants of their past through a series of interpretive street signs featuring historical and community quotes as well as imagery mined from the Rivers of Steel archives. The project worked with a range of community members from each borough to develop one sign representing each community. Content for each sign was determined through town meetings, during which community members had the chance to select quotes that best represented them.

Montour Summer STEAM Camp
$12,000 » Montour School District, 2015 Hive project support

Montour Summer STEAM Camp, a project of Montour School District, was a summer camp pilot for students in the Montour and Cornell school districts. The 5 camp courses were comprised of various ages, providing a unique peer-to-peer learning experience for students that was supplemented by high school seniors who served as Teacher Assistants. Camp participants hosted a STEAM festival during open house week at the beginning of the school year to share their summer projects in addition to developing a showcase at the end of the camp.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Revisited
$1,000 » Illuminato, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Revisited, a project of Illuminato, was an hour-long trip by van to some of the many workplaces that Rogers filmed in Pittsburgh for his popular children’s show. The tour included both businesses still in operation, such as Reyna Foods, where Rogers showed tortilla chips being made, and the former sites of factories that have relocated, such as Heinz, where he spoke to workers making soup.

NAEYC Conference 2015
$1,400 » Fred Rogers Center, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

NAEYC Conference 2015, a project of Fred Rogers Center, enabled Tanya Baronti, Digital Media and Learning Project Manager at the Fred Rogers Center, to participate in the 2015 NAEYC Conference in Orlando, FL November 18-21, 2015. NAEYC was the largest early childhood education conference in the world, where educators participated in hundreds of presentations and exhibits each year. Tanya exhibited and presented on behalf of the Remake Learning Network at the 2015 conference.

NAEYC Conference 2015
$1,500 » Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

NAEYC Conference 2015, a project of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, enabled Samantha Ellwood, Associate Director of Educational Programs at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and Elise Oberdick, Educational Program Specialist at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, to participate in the 2015 NAEYC Conference in Orlando, FL November 18-21, 2015. NAEYC was the largest early childhood education conference in the world, where educators participated in hundreds of presentations and exhibits each year. Samantha and Elise exhibited and presented on behalf of the Remake Learning Network at the 2015 conference.

NAEYC Conference 2015
$900 » PAEYC, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

NAEYC Conference 2015, a project of PAEYC, enabled Shimira Williams, Integration Specialist at TekStart, to participate in the 2015 NAEYC Conference in Orlando, FL November 18-21, 2015. NAEYC was the largest early childhood education conference in the world, where educators participated in hundreds of presentations and exhibits each year. Shimira exhibited and presented on behalf of the Remake Learning Network at the 2015 conference.

Native Plant Education Project
$1,050 » Manchester Citizens Corporation (MCC), 2015 One Northside project support

Native Plant Education Project, a project of Manchester Citizens Corporation, was a nature education program at Shelby’s Corner, a native plants garden in the Manchester neighborhood. Focused on educating local residents about native plant identification and care for green spaces, the project collaborated with the Bidwell Training Center Horticultural Program to host classes and workdays, including the planting of 16 new trees in the garden.

Neighborhood Music Visits
$12,000 » Fred Rogers Center, 2015 Spark project support

Neighborhood Music Visits, a project of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, provided young children with an opportunity to learn from Saint Vincent College student musicians through a “music visit”. Designed to inspire wonder and encourage positive self-expression in children ages 1 to 8, a student facilitator and a student performer hosted discovery experiences to learn about the instrument, the performer, creative expression, learning challenges, and constructive ways to manage feelings. Moreover, this project built a model of interdisciplinary service learning by college students with child development interests or musical talents to reach out to underserved children in their own community.

Neighborhoods in the Wings: A Tour of Spring Garden and East Deutschtown
$1,050 » The Allegheny City Society, 2015 One Northside project support

Neighborhoods in the Wings: A Tour of Spring Garden and East Deutschtown, a project of The Allegheny City Society, was a bus and walking tour of the Spring Garden and East Allegheny-Deutschtown neighborhoods. The tour included stops at Heinz Lofts, Neu Kirche Contemporary Arts Center, and Wigle Whiskey and featured a free picnic lunch and discussion sessions. More than 70 people took part in the tour, learning about the history, characteristics, and potential future for their neighborhoods.

Neu Girls
$10,000 » Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, 2015 Hive project support

Neu Girls, a project of Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, was a program with a generative curriculum focused on the processes of photography, printmaking, zine making, and exhibition design. The program introduced new conceptual ideas and technical processes through extended projects, critiques, and field trips led by guest artists while also enabling the participants to express themselves through art. The program targeted engaging under-resourced girls between the ages of 8-18 in the Northside of Pittsburgh.

Nine Mile Run Bike & Block Party
$1,000 » Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Nine Mile Run Bike & Block Party, a project of Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, introduced residents of Pittsburgh’s East End to sustainable urban rainwater projects through the lens of a cyclist. Projects were highlighted through a bike tour, which began and ended at Biddle’s Escape coffee shop. After the bike tour a street was closed for a watershed community block party that included information tables to continue the watershed conversations, yoga cool down stretches, food trucks, drink vendors, and live music.

North Side Housing Justice Alliance
$10,000 » Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, 2015 One Northside project support

North Side Housing Justice Alliance, a project of Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, organized a resident alliance of Northside Multifamily and Public Housing Community residents to create a unified voice for affordability, improvement of housing conditions, and increased quality of life. The Alliance shared information, wisdom, and resources, helping to build power and voice for underserved Northsiders.

Northside Apprenticeship Program
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside Apprenticeship Program, a project led by Ginger Underwood, introduced Northside residents to the educational and employment opportunities offered by apprenticeship programs in the skilled building trades. The project targeted African-American men ages 18 to 40 and engaged more than 50 community members in conversations that led to signups for face-to-face and virtual apprenticeships.

Northside Greenways Map
$1,050 » Hollow Oak Land Trust will provide assistance, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside Greenways Map, a project of Hollow Oak Land Trust, produced a map that identified clusters of parks throughout the Northside and surrounding boroughs, ranging from Riverview Park to Tom’s Run Nature Reserve in Emsworth. The Greenway map connected greenspaces in multiple neighborhoods and municipalities through two routes traversable by bicycle and on foot.

Northside Homeless Collaboration
$7,500 » L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside Homeless Collaboration, a project of L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, was a collection of local organizations that served the homeless through collaboration, collection of resources, and engagement. Over 15 organizations met to discuss current trends, brainstorm new initiatives, and implement effective outreach strategies. By avoiding a duplication of services, this conglomerate of organizations was successful at streamlining services to the Northside’s homeless population and continued to strengthen its services through networking and teamwork.

Northside Oldtimers City Steps Project
$1,050 » Northside Oldtimers Inc, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside Oldtimers City Steps Project, a project of Northside Oldtimers Inc, restored five sets of city steps by cleaning up underbrush, painting the railings, and installing planter boxes at the tops and bottoms of each of the sets of steps in California-Kirkbride and Central Northside. In addition to beautifying the steps and making them more accessible and functional, the project provided an opportunity for positive interaction among neighbors young and old.

Northside Provider Engagement
$15,000 » PAEYC, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside Provider Engagement, a project of PAEYC, brought the Early Learning Hub Strategy model to the Northside. Informed by an advisory committee, the Hub strategy worked to identify and recruit providers interested in being a part of a cohort to develop the Northside Early Learning Hub Strategy.

Northside Sound System
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside Sound System, a project led by Tim Vernon, assembled high quality sound and projection equipment for use by community groups, organizations in Troy Hill, and the surrounding neighborhoods of the Northside. During its first season of use, the Northside Sound System was used by Troy Hill Citizens, Inc. for enhancing entertainment at Music in the Park and Movies in the Park, as well as by local residents for events in neighborhood parks, shared spaces, and private homes..

Northside Summer Water Polo
$1,050 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside Summer Water Polo, a project of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, led summer-long swimming and water polo lessons for Northsiders of all ages at Citiparks’ Sue Murray Swim Pool. The program created a welcoming environment to introduce the community to water polo, digital badges, and new friends from the Northside through organized activities and coaching.

Northside’s Heartland Project
$10,000 » Allegheny City Society, 2015 One Northside project support

Northside’s Heartland Project, a project of Allegheny City Society, developed a sense of community pride and knowledge of neighborhood history through neighborhood tours and programming in Brightwood / Marshall Shadeland, California-Kirkbride, Fineview, Perry Hilltop / Perry South, and Charles St. / Pleasant Valley. Using historical information collected from each featured neighborhood, the customized tours both engaged current residents and attracted people that were not familiar with the area. The resulting deliverable at the end of the project was a dataset and written document that provided a comprehensive history of each of the five neighborhoods accompanied by documentation of the community engagement throughout the project.

Observatory Hill Business District Revitalization Project
$10,000 » Observatory Hill Inc., 2015 One Northside project support

Observatory Hill Business District Revitalization Project, a project of Observatory Hill Inc., provided financial assistance to refresh the business district with the intention of helping to encourage residents and investors to patronize the area.

One Large
$1,000 » Cynthia Croot, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

One Large, a project of Cynthia Croot, offered conference attendees a $10 bill marked with a sparkly ONE LARGE logo in exchange for agreement to spend it at a black-owned business in Pittsburgh or in their home community.

One Northside 2015 & 2016 Crowdsource Fundraising Partnership
$31,750 » In Our Backyards, Inc. (ioby), 2015 One Northside project support

One Northside 2015 & 2016 Crowdsource Fundraising Partnership, a project of In Our Backyards, Inc. (ioby), enabled supported One Northside projects to secure additional financial contributions from the general public and recruit local volunteers to participate in project activities. In addition to offering a technical infrastructure for receiving online contributions and managing volunteers, ioby provided training and assistance to build the capacity of the leaders participating in projects, with particular emphasis on organizational development, fundraising, and online communications.

PAECT Student Tech Showcase
$500 » Riverview School District, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

PAECT Student Tech Showcase, a project of Riverview School District, enabled Rachelle Poth of Riverview Junior Senior High School to send herself and 10 students to the PAECT Student Technology Showcase in Harrisburg, PA on May 11, 2015. The showcase, located in the East Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, was held annually to present legislators and the public with the opportunity to learn how teachers are integrating technology into K-12 classrooms across the Commonwealth. The participating students demonstrated engaging projects that utilized mobile devices, video, graphic design and robotics, animation and more. Legislators attended the event to see first-hand the importance of technology in education and to interact with students and advisors. Riverview students demonstrated how they used technology integrations in their Spanish classroom.

Parent Reading Empowerment Project
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Parent Reading Empowerment Project, a project led by Theodora Cotton, helped parents prepare their preschool children prepare to enter Kindergarten ready and expecting to learn to read. Theodora hosted workshops at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Church for parents and visited five childcare centers throughout the Northside to explain the value of reading to children, no matter how young, and teach parents how to engage with young children while reading to them. The project provided instructional brochures with family reading tips for parents, as well as a selection of books to take home and read together.

Partners Makers Lab Project
$5,000 » Bethlehem Center School District, 2015 Hive project support

Partners Makers Lab Project, a project of Bethlehem Center School District, partnered Bethlehem Center High School (BCHS) Life Skills Students with other BCHS students to learn how to use software programs and create signs using a vinyl cutter. Students then contacted local agencies and businesses to create signage throughout the community. This approach enabled special needs students to create connections with different groups of students while also providing an opportunity to learn workforce skills and civic participation.

Peace Room
$1,050 » His Place Community Center, 2015 One Northside project support

Peace Room, a project of His Place Community Center, created a sanctuary for Northside children from the stresses of inner-city noise and violence. At the His Place Community Center, Stephen Weiss and a team of volunteers renovated a space to provide a calming atmosphere as well as resources to identify and manage difficult emotions. Children attending afterschool programming at His Place visited the Peace Room to calm down after school and learn to manage their emotions.

A People’s History of Pittsburgh
$1,000 » spaces corners, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

A People’s History of Pittsburgh, a project of spaces corners, was an on-site visitor’s tour to introduce and discuss “A People’s History of Pittsburgh”, a collective photo album crowdsourced online and during public scanning events as part of the Hillman Photography Initiative.

Performance Art Festival 2015
$800 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

Performance Art Festival 2015, an event hosted by Bunker Projects and fiscally sponsored by Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, was the second annual public event featuring site-specific performances by more than 20 artists from around the world.

PGH Zine Fair
$500 » Union Project, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

PGH Zine Fair, a project of Union Project, was the fifth annual festival of zine making and small press literature featuring vendors, performances, music, food, and community celebration.

Photo Club
$1,000 » The Brashear Association, 2015 Spark project support

Photo Club, a project of The Brashear Association, was a hands-on learning opportunity for 5 elementary students at the Allentown Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC), an educational program of the Brashear Association. The project provided students with the tools and skills they needed to be the authors of their own visual stories. During the Photo Club sessions, each student had a digital camera that they used to document their neighborhood. The students went on photo walks through the neighborhood and then created multimedia projects using the photos they took. An art show featuring a selection of images that the children chose for their narratives was used to share their vision with the community.

The Pitt-Bridge to College in Clairton City
$15,000 » Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 2015 Hive project support

The Pitt-Bridge to College in Clairton City, a project from The Math and Science Collaborative at Allegheny Intermediate Unit, was an after-school health science club that engaged underserved students in grades 9-12 from Clairton High School. The program took an experiential approach of educating students by guiding them to become investigators through conducting Community-Based Participatory Research with their own families and neighbors. An end of year symposium at the University of Pittsburgh was used to present the projects to the community.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival: Destination Northside
$1,050 » Pittsburgh Fringe, LLC, 2015 One Northside project support

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival: Destination Northside, a project of Pittsburgh Fringe, LLC, organized the second annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival to provide new and emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their talent by providing a venue with reduced financial barriers and increased exposure. The Fringe Festival moved to the Northside in 2015 and utilized venues including City of Asylum Performance Tent, Bistro-to-Go, Max’s Allegheny Tavern, New Bohemian space, and additional other sidewalks throughout Central Northside and East Allegheny-Deutschtown.

Pittsburgh Memoir Project
$1,000 » Laurie McMillan, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Pittsburgh Memoir Project, a project by independent artist Laurie McMillan, was a memoir-writing workshop for adults aged 55+ in the neighborhoods of Wilkinsburg, East Liberty, and Highland Park. The workshops were facilitated by a therapeutic writing specialist and an English professor from Carnegie Mellon University. As the program progressed, Carnegie Mellon University Humanities students also served as facilitators to increase the ratio of facilitators to seniors. After the seniors worked with mentors to refine their compositions, each memoir was compiled into a chapbook, which was then shared with the community through a public reading of the work.

Pittsburgh Yoga Collective’s Pilot Programs
$1,000 » Pittsburgh Yoga Collective, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Pittsburgh Yoga Collective’s Pilot Programs, a project of the Pittsburgh Yoga Collective, brought yoga and mindfulness to underserved and at-risk populations, specifically targeting at-risk children and war veterans. Free yoga classes were offered in economically distressed neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, promoting non-competitive physical activity and emotional self-support practices.

Pittsburgh Youth Media 2015: City of Learning Coverage
$5,000 » SLB Radio Productions, Inc., 2015 City of Learning project support

Pittsburgh Youth Media 2015: City of Learning Coverage, a project of SLB Radio Productions, Inc., recruited, trained, and mentored high school students interested in journalism and news media. Participants used these skills to produce stories, videos, photos, and audio content covering Pittsburgh City of Learning activities and events.

PIX: Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo
$500 » Toonseum, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

PIX: Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo, a project of Toonseum, was an annual showcase of independent comics artists and small publishers with a focus on artists from the Pittsburgh region. Approximately 1,000 attendees participated in the expo, as well as ongoing programming workshops and educational sessions. The event took place March 28, 2015 at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.

Pizza Poems PGH
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Pizza Poems PGH, a project fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, was a celebration of poetry and pizza that took place in April for National Poetry Month. Students from Visual Arts 2: Public Art at Pittsburgh Milliones University Prep (UPrep) in the Hill District, as well as students from the after-school art club at Westinghouse, wrote poems inspired by, or in celebration of, one of the most beloved foods – PIZZA. They then made artwork that was inspired by their completed poems and both the poems/art were screen-printed onto pizza boxes that were used to distribute pizzas in April. Through this project, youth were actively engaged with their community and promoted poetry and art through the accessible medium of pizza.

#PMP2015: Create-Engage-Transform
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

#PMP2015: Create-Engage-Transform, a project led by Ebony Harris, hosted interactive workshops that challenged participants to delve deeper into the overall vision of their lives and create a blueprint for improving their lives and communities. Free two-day workshops were offered at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Woods Run, followed by panel discussions and networking mixer events focusing on entrepreneurial journeys and self-investment. Nearly 30 community members from Observatory Hill participated and learned valuable lessons in reaching and sustaining self-sufficiency, accomplishing goals such as homeownership, entrepreneurship, and making career advancements.

Pop des Fleurs
$1,000 » Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Pop des Fleurs, a project of Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, was a large-scale outdoor installation in Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville. The installation of handmade colorful flowers made from repurposed materials brought unexpected brightness and joy in the middle of winter through pop-up flower gardens. Skill sharing workshops, led by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, educated community participants about various techniques to create durable, beautiful flowers. The installation served as a grassroots-level preview event for the Fiberarts International Conference of 2016.

P.O.P. with the Pioneers: Exploring Middle School Identity through Art
$7,750 » West Greene School District, 2015 Spark project support

P.O.P. with the Pioneers - Exploring Middle School Identity through Art, a project of West Greene School District, incorporated 21st Century learning skills into printmaking to bring together 6th grade students from two different elementary schools as they consolidated into one elementary center. The student-centered projects wove the elements of art and principals of design with cultural heritage, symbolic interpretations, and expressionism as the framework for the yearlong curriculum. Additional language arts components enriched the project as students had opportunities to maintain a class blog, post images to a class Instagram account, design and develop a quarterly newsletter, and provide progress reports to the community via Facebook.

The Poverty Chronicles
$1,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

The Poverty Chronicles, a project fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising, used literature and events to engage the community in conversation around how long-term exposure to poverty affects everyday decision making, specifically financial decision making. The Poverty Chronicles presented the information and prompted individuals, families, and organizations to think about the “why” of financial decision making. Community events were additionally used to bring groups of people together to have discussions about life experiences that affect how people think about and manage money.

P.O.W.E.R. (Positive Outcomes With Excuses Removed) Future Code Project
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

P.O.W.E.R. (Positive Outcomes With Excuses Removed) Future Code Project, a project led by Keith Murphy, stimulated learning among children at Bethany House Academy by using Puzzlets, a hands-on interactive coding game with 120+ applications. Participants engaged in individual and peer-to-peer learning modules designed to promote greater understanding of coding and use of iPad/iMac interactive processes for 2 hours a week during the school year and 4 hours a week during the summer program.

Preservation of Troy Hill Infrastructure Asset, Rialto Street, aka “Pig Hill”
$10,000 » Troy Hill Citizens, 2015 One Northside project support

Preservation of Troy Hill Infrastructure Asset, Rialto Street, aka “Pig Hill”, a project of Troy Hill Citizens, addressed the aging infrastructure of Rialto Street, one of Troy Hill’s most historical and publicly used assets. The project improved both pedestrian and vehicle use of Rialto Street and included a community cleanup of the City steps along the side of the street.

Primary Mobile Maker Kits
$5,000 » Montour School District, 2015 Spark project support

Primary Mobile Maker Kits, a project of Montour School District, were resource kits for students in grades K-2 to supplement Maker projects. The kits were made in collaboration with the Children’s Museum Makeshop, where select teachers observed Makeshop educators to begin learning how to introduce Maker philosophy into their teaching. Sample projects were additionally provided to accompany the kits.

Project Horseshoe Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Schell Games, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Project Horseshoe Conference Stipend, a project of Schell Games, enabled Heidi McDonald, Game Designer/Writer at Schell Games, to participate in Project Horseshoe in Comfort, Texas from November 5-8, 2015. Project Horseshoe brought together the combined skills of the people in the gaming industry to positively influence the art and science of game design. Attendees identified the most prominent issues in the area of game design and then worked through the topics in facilitated workgroups. Heidi brought forward suggestions and issues that were of interest to the Remake Learning Network and the Pittsburgh Ed Tech scene.

Project Rejuvenation
$10,000 » Allegheny West Civic Council, 2015 One Northside project support

Project Rejuvenation, a project of Allegheny West Civic Council, created an action plan that identified and strategized how to act on opportunities that address quality of place issues in the neighborhood. The topics of concern were determined by community stakeholders including homeowners, renters, landlords, business owners, and employees. A community celebration at the end of the project was used to present the final plan to the community.

Project Zero Perspectives Conference Stipend
$1,250 » Environmental Charter School, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Project Zero Perspectives Conference Stipend, a project of Environmental Charter School, enabled Stephanie DeLuca, Thinking Lab Educator at ECS, to attend and present at Project Zero Perspectives: Think, Create, Innovate from May 7th-10th, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. Project Zero, in conjunction with the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), brought internationally-renowned researchers to a conference co-hosted by Atlanta International School and the High Museum of Art. With an over-arching theme of Think-Create-Innovate, the Atlanta conference invited educators to reflect deeply on ways to build and sustain engaging, enriching, and rigorous learning opportunities; to encourage problem-finding and problem-solving; and to develop the disposition to act to make the world a better place. In exploring tools, strategies, and frameworks developed at Project Zero, conference attendees participated in both large and small group sessions.

Promotion of House Tours on the Northside
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Promotion of House Tours on the Northside, a project led by Jeffrey Wagner, was the creation of a platform for promoting the many house tours of Northside neighborhoods, including common literature, marketing materials, and a webpage listing upcoming house tours. An effort in cooperation and shared interest in highlighting the remarkable houses of the Northside, the project enabled neighbors to more effectively schedule, advertise, and develop themes for tours, helping people to share their ideas and experiences while also increasing attendance for tours.

Prospect Park Electronics Class
$452 » South Hills Interfaith Movement, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Digital Corps - Prospect Park Electronics Class, a project of South Hills Interfaith Movement, was funding for a volunteer-run electronics class at South Hills Interfaith Ministries’ Prospect Park Family Center inspired by and extending Digital Corps activities.

Reclaiming Kite Hill Park
$1,000 » Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Reclaiming Kite Hill Park, a project of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, improved public green space with a low-maintenance plan that supported recreation and relaxation for residents and neighbors in Garfield. Centered on the neglected Pittsburgh CitiParks Kite Hill Park, the project developed a walking trail, repaired the basketball courts, restored abandoned garden plots, cleared and rejuvenated an overlook with a picnic area, and replaced missing play equipment with a natural play area for younger children.

Rehabbing Vacant Structures
$15,500 » Northside Leadership Conference, 2015 One Northside project support

Rehabbing Vacant Structures, a project of Northside Leadership Conference, was an undertaking to decrease the 20% vacancy rate for buildings throughout the Northside of Pittsburgh. The effort was staffed by a Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) Fellow who acted as a central point of contact for the action team as the project coordinator. The PULSE Fellow not only had the responsibility of studying resources and models that address vacant structures but additionally identified where the findings were most appropriate in the context of the Northside.

Remake Learning Troupe 2015
$15,000 » Assemble, 2015 Remake Learning project support

Remake Learning Troupe 2015, a project of Assemble, provided an interactive experience for audiences of children, youth, and families, as well as educators and innovators to learn about and participate in activities that represented the work of the Remake Learning Network. The Troupe created a space that represented a miniature learning ecosystem, with learning pathways “drawn” between participating organizations, and also incorporated a badge-related activity for providing organizations and participants that tied in with the physical showcase.

Riverside Community Corrections Center Resident Garden
$1,050 » Riverside CCC and Manchester Citizens Corp, 2015 One Northside project support

Riverside Corrections Center Community Garden, a project of Manchester Citizens Corporation, built a garden using permaculture within the walls of the state prison in the Chateau neighborhood. Residents of the institution were responsible for caring for the garden inside the Riverside CCC courtyard and harvesting the produce, which could be used in the center’s kitchen. The ideas of healthy eating, self-reliance, and sustainability were discussed with residents who will need these ideas to be successful upon reintegration into society. Peer learning and mentoring was encouraged while team members attended gardening workshops, built raised beds, planted, cared for, and harvested the garden in addition to being given a library of gardening books.

Roots for STEM
$5,000 » Wheeling Country Day School, 2015 Spark project support

Roots for STEM, a project of Wheeling Country Day School, was a STEAM program for early learners at Wheeling Country Day School. Program activities included introducing students to Dash and Dots and Makey Makeys to provide young children with the opportunity to code, program, and compose while also learning how to collaborate. Teachers implemented the activities as part of their science classes in place of traditional science projects. Professional development was provided for Wheeling Country Day School teachers, with the knowledge learned passed indirectly to the pre-service teachers from West Liberty University that they taught.

Roots for You Food Buying Cooperative
$1,000 » Landslide Community Farm, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Roots for You Food Buying Cooperative, a project of Mama Africa’s Green Scouts that was fiscally sponsored by Landslide Community Farm, was a food buying club for Homewood and Uptown neighbors. It gave residents an opportunity to purchase healthy fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, grains, and dairy while providing education about cooperative economics and healthy choices.

Roots of the Future Concert
$1,050 » Perry High School Music Program, 2015 One Northside project support

Roots of the Future Concert, a project of Perry High School Music Program, was a musical education project that used Smart Music software to assist students at Perry High School in musical sight-reading and performance abilities, helping to solve issues of rehearsing without large ensembles or personal instructors. More than 40 students participated in the project with 100% showing improvement in their performance. The project culminated at the Roots of the Future concert showcasing students’ musical progress, including students from Allegheny Traditional Academy, Manchester K-8, Perry Traditional Academy, and Urban Impact Foundation.

Sandbox Summit 2015
$1,000 » PlayScience, LLC, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Sandbox Summit 2015, an event hosted by PlayScience, brought together 300 leaders in education, technology, media, child development, research, and policy to create smarter and more effective ways to help children learn in the 21st century. The summit looked at the ways learning and life can be enhanced by remixing traditional toys and technology, the techniques of gaming, playground rules, stories, pictures, songs and smiles. Sandbox Summit 2015 took place March 23-24, 2015 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.

Sewing for Jesus Ministry
$1,050 » Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 2015 One Northside project support

Sewing for Jesus Ministry, a project of Bidwell Presbyterian Church, offered weekly classes at the Bidwell Presbyterian Church to teach people how to sew, crochet, and knit, bringing together the many different ethnic and religious groups found on the Northside through the common desire to learn these skills. The classes gave people the opportunity to make a garment of their choosing while team members made prayer shawls and lap robes for the sick and shut-in in the community.

Side by Side Learning
$9,500 » Chartiers Valley School District, 2015 Hive project support

Side by Side Learning, a project of Chartiers Valley School District, delivered hands-on, engaging after school and summer programming at Chartiers Valley’s Digital Media Center centered on various STEAM-related subjects such as CAD, video production, 2D and 3D art, Adobe Photoshop, architecture, and civil engineering. The program additionally increased the number of avenues that middle school students at Chartiers Valley were able to engage with the school community and find a place to belong.

Sister II Sister: Promoting Empowerment with eSTEAM
$15,000 » Duquesne University, 2015 Hive project support

Sister II Sister: Promoting Empowerment with eS.T.E.A.M., a project of Duquesne University, was an enrichment program designed to support at-risk female students in achieving academic success through STEAM education. The program paired young women who had completed at least a year of Sisters eS.T.E.A.M. programming with young women new to STEAM programming. Focusing primarily on engineering, technology, and math, Sister II Sister used a hands-on approach to help female students gain knowledge and understanding through experiential learning.

SIX x ATE Place and Revolution
$1,000 » Casey Droege, 2015 Open Engagement honorarium

SIX x ATE Place and Revolution, a project of Casey Droege, hosted a dinner/lecture featuring 6 local artists and a cuisinier responding to the theme of “Place and Revolution.” Attendees saw 5-minute presentations/performances from the artists and walked away with new connections made during an evening of eating, drinking, and socializing.

Snap
$12,000 » Duquesne University, 2015 Hive project support

Snap, a project of Duquesne University in conjunction with take pART and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, cultivated student creativity through the exploration of music and the arts in an inquiry-based, active learning environment. Using a pedagogy based on aesthetic education and constructivist principles, students were engaged in design processes, art and music making, and reflective engagements with works of art. Additionally, students developed a maker ethic by using creative problem-solving skills.

Sonic Sculpture Orchestra
$14,500 » Fine Art Miracles, Inc., 2015 Hive project support

Sonic Sculpture Orchestra, a project of Fine Art Miracles, Inc., was a 10 week interdisciplinary art program that blended sculpture and music. Using input from the student participants, the pilot program with the Homewood-Brushton YMCA developed a curriculum to reflect the engagement of student artists as they created sculptures with the goal of eliciting a musical sound from them. Participants were challenged to explore the sonic potential of the clay statues they made and compose a piece performed using CEEMI technology.

SpotEd Media
$12,000 » West Jefferson Hills School District, 2015 Spark project support

SpotEd Media, a project of West Jefferson Hills School District, was a video production studio and corresponding cross curricular activities that were integrated into the elementary students’ daily learning. The project engaged students at Jefferson Hills Elementary by offering an open studio space in addition to mobile cameras that enabled video production to happen throughout the entire school. The equipment was additionally available for teachers to use in the classroom to record their teaching for blended or flipped instruction, allowing the video instruction to be accessed from home or at school.

Start Up Weekend EDU
$1,000 » UP Global, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Start Up Weekend EDU, an event hosted by UP Global, was a multi-day event where administrators, teachers, and students collaborated with entrepreneurs working on new ideas for ed-tech ventures. Educators in attendance also voted on which ventures received additional support.

S.T.E.A.M. at Brentwood
$10,000 » Brentwood Borough School District, 2015 Hive project support

S.T.E.A.M. at Brentwood, a project of Brentwood Borough School District, was a comprehensive STEAM curriculum for youth in the school district. Using interdisciplinary project-based learning, engineering, communication, and art students worked together to do cross-curricular work. Projects included designing and creating bobble heads using 3D design software and then producing the designs with a kiln; creating toys to give to Toys for Tots; and designing jewelry using 3D printers and CNC machines for a design challenge video competition called the “Boca Bearing Innovation Competition”. Student projects were showcased at the annual “Art in the Park” at the Brentwood Civic Center.

Steel City Codefest 2016
$3,000 » URA of Pittsburgh, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Steel City Codefest 2016, an event hosted by the URA of Pittsburgh, brought together coders, designers, and innovation enthusiasts to create apps for local government and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, a youth event called Codefest Jr. created opportunities for young people to participate in digital innovation. The events took place at Nova Place on the Northside and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Oakland.

Steel City Folk School Pop-up
$1,000 » Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Steel City Folk School Pop-up, a project of Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, brought a folk school ethos to Pittsburgh using a pop-up adult folk school model, focusing on 2 traditions: craft and social justice. The project was a demonstration day event on the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh’s campus featuring example classes, activities for children so parents could attend, a communal meal, evaluation, and a concluding celebration.

Stepping Stanzas
$1,000 » South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Stepping Stanzas, a pilot project fiscally sponsored by South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, was a performance arts series intended that promoted the use of Pittsburgh’s public steps and celebrated the city’s rich heritage, diversity, and distinctive geography. Steppin’ Stanzas events took place on city steps to offer a new way for residents to experience the landscape of their neighborhood. The launch event was in association with South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association’s Annual Step Trek, where the Steppin’ Stanzas co-founders/resident artists Paola Corso and Andrew Edwards along with several guest artists presented short works on South Side city steps throughout the event.

Summer S.T.E.A.M. Projects
$15,000 » Homewood Children's Village, 2015 Hive project support

Summer S.T.E.A.M. Projects, a project of Homewood Children’s Village, was a 7-week pilot summer program for 9-12th grade students that used human centered design sciences & project-based learning. Student leaders guided their teams through five unique S.T.E.A.M. projects that utilized their community of Homewood as a learning tool, using the idea that youth can be part of the solution to the challenges facing their community as a core principle behind the program. The final projects were presented at the End of Summer Celebration.

Summit Series Conference Stipend
$1,500 » Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Summit Series Conference Stipend, a project of Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, enabled Anna Ly, Senior Manager of Business and Creative Ventures for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, to participate in Summit Series in Miami, Florida and help curate sessions and workshops on the topic of advancing children’s learning through digital media on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The Summit Series was Summit’s flagship event that united the leaders of today and tomorrow through environments and events designed to catalyze positive personal and collective growth. The invitation only series set the stage for a collection of entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, artists, scientists, athletes, and other change makers to spawn new business ideas, tackle global issues, and in turn, make our world a better place.

A Summit to Put Research to Work Conference Stipend
$700 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

A Summit to Put Research to Work Conference Stipend, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, enabled Marti Louw, Director at Carnegie Mellon University’s Learning Media Design Center, to attend and participate in Digital Promise’s Summit to Put Research to Work in Redwood City, CA from June 15-16, 2015. The conference was comprised of educational researchers, educators, and other practitioners working to decrease the gap between research and practice. Marti represented the interests of Pittsburgh’s research community as they pertained to the Remake Learning Network at the Summit.

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » The Andy Warhol Museum, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of The Andy Warhol Museum, enabled Tresa Varner, Education Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Duquesne University, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Duquesne University, enabled Jordan Mroziak, Adjunct Professor of Musicianship and Coordinator of Student Services at the Duquesne University School of Music, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities. This grant dovetailed with a previous conference stipend that was awarded to Mroziak in 2014. His trajectory from project manager to two-time conference presenter was a good illustration of how network members could utilize multiple Sprout funding mechanisms to advance the work of the Remake Learning Network.

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » Avonworth School District, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Avonworth School District, enabled Kenneth Lockette, High School Principal for Avonworth School District, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$1,000 » Mattress Factory, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Mattress Factory, enabled Felice Cleveland, Director of Education at the Mattress Factory, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend
$750 » Pittsburgh Glass Center, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

SXSWedu 2015 Conference Stipend, a project of Pittsburgh Glass Center, enabled Heather McElwee, Executive Director at Pittsburgh Glass Center, to participate in and present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on behalf of the Kids & Creativity Network. The SXSWedu Conference fostered innovation and promoted creativity and social change through open access to four days of engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups, and a host of networking opportunities.

Take A Shot Awards
$500 » Steeltown Entertainment, 2015 Hive sponsorship

Take A Shot Awards, a project of Steeltown Entertainment, celebrated the work of middle and high school student filmmakers with a festival screening of winning student films at the Loews Waterfront Cinemas on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The event encouraged middle and high school students to create digital media that matters with the theme “People, Places, and Things past and present who have had a positive impact on S.T.E.A.M.”

Tea on Me
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Tea on Me, a project led by LaToya Williams, launched a series of informal gatherings for current and aspiring entrepreneurs to meet, exchange ideas, share knowledge, and tell their stories through podcasts and blog posts. Tea on Me showcased regional small business owners using podcasts and blogging in order to help expand the brands to a wider audience. The project aimed to keep dollars local while highlighting the talent and services of native Northsiders and connecting them with successful entrepreneurs and community leaders from across the city.

Tech Time
$15,000 » Schenley Heights Community Development Program, 2015 Spark project support

Tech Time, a project of Schenley Heights Community Development Program, was an out-of-school robotics and engineering program for children ages 3-8, providing immersive and affordable STEM learning at an early age to underserved students in Pittsburgh. The program took place five days a week for three hours each day and was structured in units that covered topics such as Intro to Robotics, Robots and Sensing, Properties and Characteristics, Cause and Effect, Engineering, and Computational Thinking.

TechnoGear
$12,000 » YMCA Greater Pittsburgh (Homewood-Brushton), 2015 Hive project support

TechnoGear, a project of YMCA Greater Pittsburgh (Homewood-Brushton), consisted of an 8-week discovery program during April-June 2015 followed by informal, independent exploration. The project exposed youth to both design and STEM learning through sewing, fashion, circuitry, and programming lessons. TechnoGear used technology to create digital idea boards, sketch out ideas in a sketchbook app, document the process with photographs and videos, and share project results across social media. The project concluded with a showcase to share the projects with the community.

TEDx Baldwin High School
$500 » Baldwin-Whitehall School District, 2015 Hive sponsorship

TEDx Baldwin High School, a project of Baldwin-Whitehall School District, featured talks by 10 students, 5 teachers, 2 administrators, and 2 distinguished alumni all speaking on the theme of connectivity. The conference covered topics from physics becoming incomprehensible and the genomics revolution, to that of privacy matters more than transparency associated with this field.

Teen Art Cooperative
$10,000 » Mattress Factory, 2015 Hive project support

Teen Art Cooperative, a project of Mattress Factory, was an immersive arts experience for students in grades 9-12. The program focused on collaboration, creative practice, and exploration of career opportunities that utilize creative thinking. Activities took place on a weekly basis after school at the Mattress Factory and included installing art, making curatorial decisions, and planning events through a mixture of workshops, discussions, and skill-shares. Field trips to cultural hot spots in the community were also incorporated throughout the program to expose the students to other resources and make connections to neighboring institutions, artists, and creatives.

Tiny Retail! Alpha Project
$1,000 » Hill Community Development Corporation, 2015 Grand Ideas project support

Tiny Retail! Alpha Project, a project of Hill Community Development Corporation, built small-scale, transient structures in emerging retail spaces on vacant lots along Centre Avenue in the Hill District to test the most efficient response to stabilizing the commercial landscape of the Hill’s small business, developing business, and start-up business community. Similar to Tiny Houses, this project was a design-build-barter initiative by the Hill Community Development Corporation to test scale and feasibility of their development plans.

Transformational Experiences Summit
$2,500 » Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Transformational Experiences Summit, a project of Carnegie Mellon University, focused on the art, science, and design of making media that matters. The events featured local and national speakers, hands-on workshops, discussions, demos, and a weekend-long design jam that paired developer teams with nonprofit organizations to create new digital experiences.

Transforming Sampsonia Way
$10,000 » Allegheny City Central Association, 2015 One Northside project support

Transforming Sampsonia Way, a project of Allegheny City Central Association, was the first step in transforming a dilapidated streetscape into a model of green infrastructure that engaged residents and visitors in design, while educating the community about sustainable urban landscapes.

TRETC 2015
$2,500 » Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2015 Remake Learning sponsorship

Three Rivers Education Technology Conference (TRETC) 2015, an event of Pittsburgh Technology Council, was an annual gathering that brought educators and school administrators together with education technology vendors and startups seeking to exchange information and establish new partnerships. The event also featured a dedicated exhibit area for the Remake Learning Network. TRETC 2015 took place November 3-4, 2015 at Bethel Park High School.

Tuff Sound Apprenticeship Program
$15,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Hive project support

Tuff Sound Apprenticeship Program, a project of New Sun Rising, was an intensive music technology education experience that accelerated the professional and artistic development of exceptional young audio engineers. Each semester, a cohort of apprentices learned professional audio production techniques through individualized training at Tuff Sound Recording, where apprentices collaborated with amateur recording artists, media makers, and performers. At the end of each semester, apprentices presented their work at an open house for an audience of professionals and organizations that could offer continuing opportunities for development and collaboration.

Unlocking Student Success: Keys to the Keystone Exam
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

Unlocking Student Success: Keys to the Keystone Exam, a project led by Maria Searcy, raised awareness about the Keystone examination, helping to provide students with the support they need to pass the exam successfully and parents with information to support their children during the testing and remediation process. Through a community forum at Project Destiny, the project helped make parents of the class of 2017 and beyond aware of the new graduation requirement. A student panel gave testimony about the Keystone examination and remediation process and PPS employees responsible for Keystone testing and Curriculum were available to answer questions. Parents were provided information and resources from the PA Department of Education to help support their children in successfully passing the test.

Up Next, KST Youth Producers
$15,000 » Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 2015 Hive project support

Up Next, KST Youth Producers, a project of Kelly Strayhorn Theater, was a summer intensive young producer initiative for teens. The program supported local students interested in pursuing careers in the arts by giving them practical experience. For this pilot program, teenagers were mentored through the creative process as well as in the production and promotion techniques needed to present a viable finished product for the marketplace, such as creating a budget, marketing, lighting, sound, and ticket sales.

VIA Festival 2015
$1,000 » Lawrenceville Corporation, 2015 Sprout Sponsorship sponsorship

VIA Festival 2015, a project of Lawrenceville Corporation, was an annual festival of music, art, and community spanning 10 days in early October 2015. Sprout support provided for two free events as part of the October 2nd Unblurred activities on Penn Avenue in Garfield.

West Park / Dog Park
$1,050, 2015 One Northside project support

West Park Dog Park, a project led by Annette Trunzo, enhanced the conditions at the Allegheny Commons / West Park off-leash dog park for the 100+ neighborhood residents that use the park to walk their dogs every day by adding waste bag dispensers and a community communication board.

What Kind of Sound Does a Line Make?
$10,000 » McGuffey School District, 2015 Spark project support

What Kind of Sound Does a Line Make?, a project of McGuffey School District, was an investigation of how electricity worked by creating art bots, or drawing machines, using basic electronic supplies and LittleBits programming circuits. The project engaged 85 fourth grade students at Claysville Elementary in the areas of robotics and programming during the McGuffey school day. Key partners included Tom Sarver (Resident Artist) and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The Wonder of Learning
$3,500 » Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 2015 Spark sponsorship

The Wonder of Learning, an event hosted by the Agency for Jewish Learning, was an 8,000 sq. foot exhibition featuring international examples of creative and innovative early childhood learning activities. The exhibition was presented in partnership with Reggio children and local partner PAEYC.

Young Musicians Collaborative
$12,000 » New Sun Rising, 2015 Hive project support

Young Musicians Collaborative, a project of New Sun Rising, was a series of in-school workshops that encouraged social and cultural engagement through music-based learning opportunities for 50 youth ages 6-12 at Pittsburgh Public High Schools, specifically PPS University Prep and PPS Westinghouse. Through the Young Musicians Collaborative youth from the Hill District and Homewood participated in a 5-month workshop series that engaged students in social commentary through performance, reshaping the ideas of what music performance is and eliminating economic, social, and physical barriers between bands, musicians, and the community.

Youth Artistic Associate Program
$10,000 » Dreams of Hope, 2015 Hive project support

Youth Artistic Associate Program, a project of Dreams of Hope, was a leadership development opportunity where youth were tasked to create a vision and plan for the theatriQ 2016 Tour, including how art was disseminated and how the community and youth ensemble were engaged through LGBTQIA youth opportunities. Under the direction of the Youth Artistic Associates, additional youth helped to create, deliver, and participate in workshops, educational performances, original music recordings and videos, and showcase events.

Youth Engagement Institute Conference Stipend
$600 » Three Rivers Community Foundation, 2015 Remake Learning conference stipend

Youth Engagement Institute Conference Stipend, a project of Three Rivers Community Foundation, enabled Sydney Olberg of Three Rivers Community Foundation to participate in the Youth Engagement Institute July 8-9, 2015 at the Neutral Zone Teen Center in Ann Arbor, MI on behalf of The Remake Learning Network. Participants of this two-day training worked to identify meaningful roles youth could play in programs, learn about the components and stages of Neutral Zone’s Teen Advisory Council, and practice strategies that effectively supported youth-driven initiatives in an effort to start and support effective Teen Advisory programs. Sydney shared some of the youth‐led organizing strategies that have been utilized at the Student Activist Coalition, a Sprout-funded initiative.