Forging an Educational Future for Everyone
A weatherman surveys Pittsburgh’s educational horizon, peering into schools, libraries, museums, factories, and start-ups. His forecast? Sunny—if we want it to be.
The Simple Interactions that Make Learning Possible (Part Three)
Sometimes a Remake Learning idea will go beyond a one-time exposure or a one-afternoon experience. It can become embedded within the extended and intimate relationships children have already formed with the adults near them. The “Baby Promise” project, funded through a Spark award from The Sprout Fund, was delivered through a home-visiting program for parents and young children. The project sought to promote creative and constructive use of new technology, like touchscreens, in the early development of young children.
The Simple Human Interactions That Make Learning Possible (Part Two)
What makes us try new things, especially when new things do not come easily? What makes us stick with challenges when we can see that others appear better and faster? Persistence, or grit, or stick-to-itiveness develops in us through enriching interactions with those near us, especially when we are trying, failing, and struggling.
Maker Volunteers Energize Expanding Movement
One national initiative is bringing maker education to as many kids as possible. A partnership between the nonprofit Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) and AmeriCorps VISTA places volunteers at sites that provide maker opportunities for young learners.
A Very Maker Holiday (Some Assembly Required)
The holidays are an especially inspiring time for sparking the desire to make. From gifts to cookies to decorations, it’s the season that naturally lends itself to busting out the craft bin, getting hands dirty, and letting imaginations run wild. This season, why not give the gift of more hands-on making experiences and upgrade the holiday season into an all-out maker extravaganza?
Eleven-year-old Caine Monroy has finally closed down his homemade cardboard box arcade. But at Assemble, a makeshop in Pittsburgh, there’s plenty of tinkering still going on.
President Obama Hosts the First-Ever White House Maker Faire
President Obama proclaims June 18 a National Day of Making and turns to Pittsburgh for inspiration.
Don’t Overlook Manufacturing as a STEM Career
In discussions of how to build the future STEM workforce, modern manufacturing jobs usually don’t make the short list. Here’s why they should.
Why They Love to Learn
What does it take for today’s students to succeed? What is it exactly that makes some learners so self-directed, while others lack motivation? Pittsburgh students let us in on what keeps them engaged, and why it’s not all about grades.
Pittsburgh Innovators Connect Nationally with Maker Corps
Making is more than a hobby. The DIY movement that bridges hacking and inventing is also a discipline for innovation, and a learning methodology that more and more educators are using with students of all ages.
Nina Marie Barbuto uses art to build confidence…and community [Pittsburgh City Paper]
The City Paper visits Assemble and talks to founder Nina Marie Barbuto about her Spark-supported Learning Parties