Moonshot grants send Western PA students on learning journeys

Remake Learning has awarded $500,000 to support the future of learning.

The intersection of art and technology, help for inner-city teachers and learning to fly in a classroom are some of the Moonshot grants heading to local school districts thanks to Remake Learning.

The 16-year-old peer network for educators and innovators in the Pittsburgh region has awarded $500,000 to eight school districts, intermediate units and nonprofits to allow them to “take a giant leap toward the future of learning,” according to Tyler Samstag, director of Remake Learning.

Local organizations that will benefit include Baldwin-Whitehall, South Allegheny and Duquesne school districts, Intermediate Unit 1, the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, City Theatre Company, Assemble and World Affairs Council.

Moonshot grants of up to $70,000 are going to groups “selected for their bold and visionary ideas, innovative plans and out-of-the-box partnerships,” Samstag said.

“They are exploring topics that include aviation, drone technology, teacher pipelines and the intersection of art and maker learning,” he said.