Nine Learning Spaces that are Pushing the Frontiers of Learning

President Obama is in Pittsburgh exploring frontiers of innovation. These nine learning spaces are preparing local youth for the realities and technologies of tomorrow.

President Barack Obama is in Pittsburgh today for the White House Frontiers Conference, a national convening that explores the future of innovation here and around the world. Co-hosted with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, the Frontiers convening is focused on “building capacity in science, technology, and innovation, and the new technologies, challenges, and goals that will continue to shape the 21st century and beyond.”

The Girls of Steel at the Frontiers Conference with their robot chassis.Making sure that young Americans have access to an education that prepares them for the 21st century is, of course, a key part of meeting these challenges. So it’s fitting that the Frontiers conference is taking place in Pittsburgh, where the Remake Learning Network is hard at work pushing frontiers in teaching and learning. And Remake Learning Network members are at Frontiers today, sharing their innovative practices for preparing students for the future: the Girls of Steel Robotics Team are sharing their chassis building kit, which allows young roboticists to build a fully functional remote-controlled robot in just a few hours, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum’s MAKESHOP is showing off their work at the intersection of research and practice to identify the ways in which children become makers, and Kidsburgh is using Facebook Live to share inspiration and insights from local youth participating in the conference.

Today is a special day in Pittsburgh, but those that are familiar with the work of Remake Learning know that educators and innovators in our region push frontiers in education every day. In fact, Remake Learning is one of the reasons Pittsburgh continues to be on the national map when it comes to innovation and creativity. And the conference isn’t the only place where you can experience innovation in Pittsburgh today. Here are nine innovative learning spaces that are open today for a special open house:

Perry High School is a Pittsburgh public school that empowers students to create social change with classes like Youth Voice and Music Technology, which where students create stunning videos and music that tells their stories. (stop by 10:00am-12:00pm)

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is a world-renowned space where high school youth discover and celebrate artistic creation and expression. (stop by 10:30am-12:00pm)

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch has a teen section that rethinks how youth use the library. Young people in the library’s Labs program will demonstrate their making skills today with a technology-powered Haunted House. (stop by 4:00pm-6:00pm)

The Homewood-Brushton YMCA is much more than a place to use the pool—youth in this community center use drones to create intricate works of art that demonstrate the strength of their neighborhood. (stop by 4:00pm-6:00pm)

Citizen Science Lab inside the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, is a hands-on laboratory where youth observe, experiment and analyze their world through discovery-based learning. Today, 40 African American middle school girls are working on their entry to the national Seaperch competition. (stop by 4:00pm-6:00pm)

Assemble is a makerspace and after-school center in the Garfield neighborhood that demonstrates how an affordable housing building can be a center for community through arts and technology. (stop by 4:00pm-6:00pm)

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is at the national forefront for maker education. Their MAKESHOP at Hosanna House, a community center just outside of Pittsburgh, is just one example of how they take maker education out of the museum and into communities. (stop by 4:00pm-6:00pm)

Carnegie Science Center’s Fab Lab offers engineering classes to  middle school students using the national Project Lead the Way curriculum. (stop by 3:00pm-6:00pm)

The PAEYC Homewood Hub is a place for Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood to gather learn, and play to improve experiences and outcomes for the community’s youngsters. (stop by 5:30pm-7:30pm)

These nine sites are just a small taste of the people and learning spaces pushing the frontiers of education. We are thrilled to announce that Remake Learning Days, our “open house for the future of learning” will be back in 2017 from May 15th to 26th. Relive this year’s Remake Learning Days by watching the recap video, and then mark your calendar for next year’s celebration!

Published October 13, 2016