Tad Campagna has been learning along side his students in Western Pennsylvania for 11 years. Dancing robots, remote controlled submarines, skateboards, CNC routers, vacuum cannons, garden beds, you name it and they made just to see if they could. Oh yeah, they did some physics in there too. Tad taught physics for 10 years at Butler Senior High School before moving to Slippery Rock High School, his Alma Mater. He feels pride in being able to give back to the school and community that supported him on his journey. He has been pushing his students to do more, see more, experience more, try more, strive for more in order to be the most they can be.
He sees the importance of STEAM and Maker education in preparing his students for their futures in this highly competitive world. He also realizes that the schools may not be able to make the push on their own. Tad is active in reaching out to his local community in order to promote learning and recruit professionals and businesses to support the efforts of his students and schools.
Tad has been involved in promoting, designing, and implementing maker-centered education in the region through his involvement with Agency by Design and his home school districts. He worked with the Center for Creativity and the Butler Area School District to secure STEAM Grants in order to create an indoor maker-space called the SMArT Lab. Two years later they did it again, but this time took the making outdoors with the creation of the OutSMArT Lab. Tad is currently teaching in the Slippery Rock Area School District and is still striving to create opportunities for his students, school, and community.