RePlayMyPlay hosts the Kid Power Workshop at PCA
Micro Spark project RePlayMyPlay will host an energy and electricity workshop for children at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on three Sundays in October: the 10th, 17th, and 24th. Project manager Deren Guler leads a fun and exciting hands-on program to introduce kids to key concepts in science in technology. There’s even an energy […]
Micro Spark project Character Therapy works with Autistic Children
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles recent Micro Spark project Character Therapy from Interbots, LLC. They’re uisng Popchilla, an interactive therapeutic robot, to engage children at the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Matt Freed/Post-Gazette photo Ms. Patel said her group didn’t set out initially to build a robot for use by children with autism. “It was […]
RePlayMyPlay invites you to Kid Power Week summer camp
Micro Spark Project Manager Deren Guler passes along the following invitation to join Kid Power Week, a summer camp of RePlayMyPlay, the Micro Spark supported project to design and construct energy harvesting playground equipment. See the flyer below for more details or contact Deren by email.
RePlayMyPlay featured on Carnegie Mellon Homepage!
Micro Spark project RePlayMyPlay, an energy harvesting playground, is in the spotlight on Carnegie Mellon University’s homepage. RePlayMyPlay project manager Deren Guler, a recent graduate of CMU’s Physics department, shares some of her thinking behind the creation and ongoing development of RePlayMyPlay and the gratification that comes from introducing children to new concepts: “The best […]
Listen in for Spark on the Saturday Light Brigade
Three recently supported Micro Spark projects will be featured on The Saturday Light Brigade this Saturday, June 12 at 9am. SLB host and previously funded Micro Spark project manager Larry Berger will get the background story on new Micro Spark projects in interviews with these project managers : Dave Edwards from Art Energy Design whose […]
Vote for Micro Spark project RePlayMyPlay in Kaboom! Contest
RePlayMyPlay, a Micro Spark project led by Deren Guler, has been named a finalist in the KaBOOM! Promote Your Project Design Contest. Deren’s design is in competition with playgrounds from around the country for equipment grants worth up to $5,000. Congratulations Deren on making it this far! Awards are made by public ballot and the […]
Spark Application Workshop and Information Session…with waffles!
Sprout will host an information session for all interested Spark applicants on Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 9:00-11:00AM at the Waffle Shop in East Liberty. Join us, over yummy waffles, to learn more about Spark and begin working on an application in time for the June 4, 2010 submission deadline. This is a chance to […]
Spark featured on Kids & Technology Radio Showcase
On Saturday, March 20th, Sprout’s Funding Programs Manager Mac Howison joined host Larry Berger on the Saturday Light Brigade to discuss Spark grant opportunities and recently funded projects. Joining Mac on the show were Micro Spark award winners Joe Wos of the Toonseum, and Deren Guler from RePlayMyPlay. Joe and Deren, as well as Larry […]
Fred Forward Innovation Showcase
Come see the Fred Forward Innovation Showcase featuring 4 Spark-funded projects this weekend at The Children’s Museum! Join Sprout from 12 noon—4 pm on Saturday March 20 and Sunday March 21 for this special one-time-only Innovation Showcase demonstrating some of our region’s most unique and creative applications of technology to learning. Sponsored by The Fred […]
Youngsters invited to participate in International Heritage Photographic Experience
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is looking for young photographers to represent the Pittsburgh region and the United States for the International Heritage Photographic Experience, (IHPE), an enormous project involving 200,000 in 66 countries spanning across 4 continents. Interpreting the theme of heritage in the broadest possible sense, young photographers have captured nearly 1.3 million […]
Don't Miss Opening Weekend of PITTSBURGH: Yinz Play! at the Children's Museum
Starting this Saturday, January 30, 2010, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh opens a new exhibit celebrating all things Pittsburgh with hands-on activities that let kids repair one of the city’s renowned bridges, design their own fireworks display, create new Pittsburghese phrases, invent a wacky sandwich … and much more! The weekend-long activities include featured programming […]
Pittsburgh tech firm Electric Owl Studios creates new video game system for children
Pittsburgh start-up Electric Owl Studios are the subject of a profile in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covering the development and deployment of the Kid’s Interactive Creation Kiosk, or KICK, game system used in hospital waiting rooms across the country. Today, there are 55 kiosks in 35 different hospital waiting rooms in 23 states across the country. […]
Making Sparks 2009
Making Sparks brings together members of Pittsburgh’s education, early childhood, technology, and media communities.
Two interesting articles from the New York Times
I read two great articles in the New York Times this week about innovation in elementary education and early childhood. One article highlights a school in New Haven that is utilizing art installations as teaching tools for math and science. The school, which was constructed last year, has integrated all kinds of high-quality art works […]
Join Us at Making Sparks on Wednesday, October 28, 2009!
Making Sparks is Spark’s unique forum exploring how technology and innovation can transform the lives of young children in our region. It will also kick off the 2009 Super Spark funding round, Spark’s annual funding program awarding grants of up to $50,000 to collaborative projects impacting young children through technology and media – focusing this […]
Spark announces $37,500 of new support for projects connecting young children with technology
On May 29th, 2009, Spark announced its first funding awards. Four projects received support through its first round of Micro Spark grants. Spark’s projects use technology to enrich the lives of children with a wide array of rich interactive experiences, from outdoor exploration to parental communication. The four following projects are the first to receive […]
Interview with Matt Hannigan [Keystone Edge Young Entrepreneurs]
ambulantic Ben Henstrom caught up with Sprout Fund Co-Founder Matt Hannigan at the 2009 community murals preliminary design exhibition at Concept Art Gallery.
Spark hosts first Spark Starter networking event
On Wednesday, April 22nd I hosted the first-ever Spark Starter networking happy hour at The Sprout Fund’s office in Garfield. During the two hour event, media literacy specialist Teresa Foley gave a presentation on her work connecting technology to education and everyday media experiences. Teresa’s work centers on the use of accessible, affordable commercial technologies […]
New Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh campus uses technology to help children and families
On Sunday, April 5th, I attended a special community preview of the new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The community day was an opportunity for community members to visit the hospital’s new site in Lawrenceville and learn about some of the changes that will make Children’s more patient- and family-friendly. Green practices, technology, and design play […]