Digital Toys for Math Literacy
Providing a low-cost, kid-friendly object with embedded electronics that enables young children and their parents to imagine, explore and learn mathematical concepts together.
Message from Me!
Creating a kiosk prototype that interactively combines digital photography and sound to enable young children to better communicate with parents about their daytime activities.
Developing an energy-harvesting play exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center that converts the mechanical energy from the motion of children’s play into electric power.
Engaging children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in emotional and communication therapy using Popchilla robot devices.
Finding, recording, and identifying marine life in a coral reef habitat with a remote-controlled submersible robot with on-board fish recognition technology that swims in the PPG Aquarium’s Ocean Tank.
Projecting optical patterns of additive color mixing and other properties of light as children interact with the touring video sculpture.
Children’s Innovation Project
Producing an electric circuitry components kit designed to engage young children in broad interdisciplinary learning, with a focus on creative exploration, expression, and innovation with technology.
Leading hands-on robotics activities in 131 Head Start classrooms in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties and at Family Science Events.
Providing all the materials, tools, and tips for families to create with clay along the access to Union Project’s studio to have their work fired, get a Clay Case refill, and see artists at work in a community studio.
Dream Flight Adventures Playtesting
Creating a playtesting program for non-profit and for-profit partners to prototype their educational products and activities with children and families in the Museum’s MAKESHOP.
Sea Land & Air Challenge
Developing an interest in engineering concepts through competitive, fun activities is a powerful way to expose students to STEM career pathways.
Avonworth Pittsburgh Galleries Project
Supporting student-created, curated and managed exhibitions at Avonworth High School in association with major cultural institutions around Pittsburgh.
Crossing Fences Oral History Celebrations 2013
Celebrating the release of multimedia publications documenting neighborhood history gathered by African American boys in the Northside, Hilltop, and McKeesport areas of Pittsburgh.
Media Lab Programming at Sarah Heinz House
Creating and composing media in teams, teens learned how to publish online news stories, shoot photos, produce short films, edit soundtracks, and study music production and DJ techniques.
Mobile Quest CoLab
Focusing on learning and experimentation with games as teaching tools, games as dynamic systems, game design, and mobile technology.
Saturdays at The Dream Factory
Inviting youth from the surrounding counties of Washington, Greene, Westmoreland and Fayette to transform inventive ideas into real objects, using laser cutters, AutoCAD with 3D capabilities, robotics, micro controllers, and wood shop equipment.
Exposing Pittsburgh teens to social issues that affect their communities, contextualizing them within historical precedents, and empowering them with technical and artistic skills.
Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire
Creating a festival-like environment to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself movement, exchange ideas, demonstrate projects, and share skills.
Bringing artists and crafters together with kids to teach them about making in the world around them.
Supporting a two-day, free-form “unconference” that enabled educators and technologists to “play together” and learn about using emerging technologies in the classroom.
Build Your Own Desk Project
Preparing students to kick off their high school education with the skills needed to succeed–and a desk to do it with!
Bulldogs on Bikes
Encouraging teens to be active by enabling them to design and build their own bikes.
Cook, Grow, Garden
Teaching students about cultivation and cooking, from recipe writing to floral arranging, after working with food grown on-site at the museum’s community gardens.
Teaching teens facing adversity about surfing, filmmaking, and conservation by piloting paddleboards and using GoPro cameras to document their adventures.
Rankin Gymnasium Mural
Creating a mural and staffing a new printshop where students learn digital and screen printing design processes used in producing uniforms and promotional materials for an upcoming basketball tournament.
Teens as Teachers
Inviting students to become teachers and mentors in their own schools and communities by helping them develop leadership and technical skills.
Water Design Challenge—Dive In!
Tackling local and global water resource issues in physical and virtual spaces and learning about civic engagement by collaborating on student task forces.
YMCA Lighthouse Summer Music Project
Teaching students about music and video production, encouraging teamwork and collaboration, and making a case for activism and advocacy in each student’s community.
Youth Initiative on Race & Identity
Leading teens through activities that help them reflect on who they are, identify their own personal biases and stereotypes, and see how they interact and lead discussions on sensitive topics.
The Lemonade Project
Students testing Pittsburgh’s water and sharing findings in neighborhood “lemonade stands” to inspire action on pollution.
City of Learning 2015
City of Learning 2015 Partnership with Summer Dreamers Academy
Developing badges to recognize academic and social achievements in Pittsburgh Public Schools’ premier summer learning program.
City of Learning 2015 Partnership with Summer of Learn and Earn
Rewarding participants in the city’s summer youth employment with badges related to a city-wide career readiness curriculum.
City of Learning 2015 Partnership with The Labs @ CLP and Summer Reading Program
Developing digital badges to motivate teens to stick with summer reading and to reward developing skills in digital media learning programs from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
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.
Enabling local teens to gain hands-on experience in production by interviews with local badge innovators and experts on topics such as art/storytelling, engineering, environmental science, gaming, robotics, design and making, and entrepreneurship.
Explore the New Manufacturing Video Challenge
Students exploring career opportunities in manufacturing and honing their skills in teamwork, communication, writing, marketing, time management, and storytelling.
My Block Is Beautiful
Integrating art, media, technology and civic pride in an interdisciplinary S.T.E.A.M. project that includes drone training, aerial photography, photo manipulation, screen printing and gallery installation.
Media Empowerment Students Summit (M.E.S.S.) 2015
Highlighting youth voice and empowerment at Carnegie Mellon University with a discussion led by youth on media and advocacy.
Sister II Sister: Promoting Empowerment with eSTEAM
Supporting at-risk female students who wish to achieve school success through STEAM education through a hands-on approach that empowers young women to gain knowledge and understanding through experiential learning.
Cultivating student creativity through the exploration of music and the arts in an inquiry-based, active learning environment.
S.T.E.A.M. at Brentwood
Using interdisciplinary project-based learning, engineering, communication, and art students worked together to design and create bobble heads, toys, and jewerly.
Remake Learning 2015
Supporting 8 school districts in the Pittsburgh region to raise funds for makerspaces and related programming.
A.C.O.R.N.S (A Classroom Only Roofed by Nature’s Sky)
Creating a nature-based outdoor learning environment for preschoolers at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in southern West Virginia.
The Beechwood History and Future Project
Enabling Pittsburgh Public Schools students to investigate their school’s hilstory through six grade-level STEM projects designed to help students build a new vision for the school’s future.
Enabling materials, technology, and elementary-level FABLab curriculum to be brought around the region for summer and after-school programming.
City of Learning 2016
Architecture Learning Network
Guiding youth through online and in-person programs from five regional program partners with a focus on collaboration, social justice, technology, and environmental responsibility.
Expanding Learning Pathways at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Enabling students to gain access to specialized maker equipment and innovative programming with community partners representing various cultural, tech, and arts organizations.
Introduction to Solidworks and Design
Combining the efforts of four partners’ FIRST Robotics Competition teams to teach youth computer aided design (CAD) in order to design parts and create new mechanisms through 3D printing and rapid prototyping.
Post-Secondary Readiness Pathway
Developing a clear pathway toward post-secondary success through thoughtful planning, self reflection, and steady academic progress toward high school graduation.
Young Conservationist Connected Learning Pathway
Combining youth program offerings from four local outdoor education organizations to bring different lenses to outdoor learning and unlock summer job and scholarship opportunities.
Youth Leading Change
Connecting and expanding knowledge of media making and digital storytelling to enable youth to use digital media as a platform for change.
CLP Game Design Week
Teaching beginning video game design to help youth design characters, build levels, and make their own video game controllers.
Combining art-making and drone photography to enable youth to document their community.
Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. Biology
Exploring biology and medical science, from anatomy to nutrition, through innovative Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. programming.
Empowering youth to capture 360˚ images of their neighborhood to build a virtual reality experience.
Tech Solutions for Greener Living
Using engineering to create a self-watering greenhouse out of upcycled materials.
Remake Learning 2016
412Build Alumni in Residence
Supporting program alumni to build on the skills they acquired in the 412Build program in order to successfully ideate, develop, and launch a small business.
The Architecture of Life: A Summer Experience
Teaching teens the foundations of architecture and urban design through a summer program that highlights STEAM principles and career exploration.
Green City Remix
Interweaving historical research with social change and design to support youth in developing an installation at the Heinz History Center.
Connecting history with technology as students gain first-hand experience working with professional recording equipment while telling the story of their neighborhood from their own perspective.
Zelda Pito Emerging Artist Fellowship
Focusing on interdisciplinary arts, liberation (individual freedom), and critical thinking in a student-centered environment that emphasizes community, collaboration, and creativity.
My Brother's Keeper 2017
Brothers and Sisters Emerging Digital Literacy Training and Career Enhancement Project
Providing new and expanded digital lab facilities, computer literacy training, and mentorship for youth and families in Garfield.
College Tech Connect: Music Technology Dual Enrollment Program
Hosting digital media courses for college credit, reducing barriers to college enrollment, and providing ongoing mentorship for youth in Homewood.
MBK Digital Literacy and QUEST for Real Life Success
Increasing access to technology and promoting digital-based entrepreneurship in City and County neighborhoods.
Ryan Arts Digital Literacy Labs and Coding Club
Developing STEM opportunities, enhancing 21st Century skills, and providing career exploration support for youth in McKees Rocks.