Spark Network Update for September 13, 2012

Catch up on Network and National news, as well as hear about upcoming opportunities, through the Spark Network Weekly Round Up!

Save the Date: Prix Jeunesse Pittsburgh on October 12

WQED, the Fred Rogers Center, and the Toonseum are delighted to announce that the Prix Jeunesse, an international children’s television competition and festival, is coming to Pittsburgh! Kids+Creativity Network members are strongly encouraged to join in this once-in-a-lifetime experience to watch and learn about the very best in children’s media.

Learn more and register online at WQED.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

September 14: Sequestration: Are Major Cuts to Education Around the Corner?

The Alliance for Excellent Education, Committee for Education Funding, and Coalition for a College- and Career-Ready America host a webinar from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. to discuss the impact of the federal budget debate on education. Register to take part in this important discussion at The Alliance for Excellent Education.

September 14: SparkTruck visits Schenley Plaza

Presented by WQED and Nova Chemicals, the SparkTruck will park at Schenley Plaza for a free building workshop from 10am to 4pm. Learn more about the SparkTruck’s cross-country journey at WQED.

September 15: SparkTruck stops by The Children’s Museum

The SparkTruck continues its tour of Pittsburgh with a day at The Children’s Museum, including free morning activities and an afternoon workshop for aspiring makers. Learn more and register for SparkTruck at The Children’s Museum.

Saturday, September 15: Webmaking Workshop: X-Ray Goggles @ CLP West End

If you didn’t make it to the workshop at CLP Hazelwood, here is your second chance! Head over to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in the West End to remix the afternoon away using Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles tool. Learn more and register for the X-Ray Goggles Webmaking Workshop.

Monday, September 17: Deadline for Spark Fellowship

Spark fellowships provide opportunities for emerging scholars and practitioners from the Greater Pittsburgh region to apply their knowledge to regional learning challenges, thereby enhancing their skills, building the field, and benefiting the local community. Ready your applications- the deadline is September 17th! Visit for more information.

Wednesday, September 19: Opening event for The Labs at Carnegie Library

Celebrate the opening of four innovative new teen media spaces at the Labs Launch Party, open to both teens and adults. Get a first glimpse into this game-changing approach to Teen services at the Library. Learn more and register to celebrate The Labs @ CLP.

Thursday, September 20: Deadline for Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners Fall Pitch

PSVP focuses its Fall Pitch opportunity on organizations providing innovative mentoring services to at risk children and youth. Throw your hat in the ring for up to $12,500 in support by applying to PSVP.

September 21 & 22: PAEYC & Allegheny County Family Support Conference

The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children and Allegheny County Family Support present PLAY, a conference to enhance, advance and support the understanding that play – a natural activity for children – is at the core of developmentally appropriate practice and is the foundation of development and learning. Learn more about the PAEYC & Family Support Play Conference.

Saturday, September 22: Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

The Children’s Museum and HackPittsburgh host the second annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire at Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square on the North Side. Come on out to meet all the Makers and try your hand at some DIY creativity. Learn more about the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.

Sunday, September 23: Pittsburgh Hack Jam

Spark partners with Assemble, The Labs @ CLP and the Warhol to present a Hack Jam culmination of the Mozilla Summer of Code. This event will feature clusters of computers with local experts ready to help everyone from beginners to more advanced youth coders. Register now to reserve your space at the Hack Jam.

October 5: Deadline for Pittsburgh Cares YES Mini Grants

Pittsburgh Cares YES Mini Grants Program awards planning grants up to $1000 to engage youth throughout our region in volunteer and service-learning projects that meet some of our city’s most pressing needs. Learn more and apply at Pittsburgh Cares.


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Published September 13, 2012