Pittsburgh Students Rise to the Challenge of Addressing World Water Crises
Pittsburgh area high school students came together at the University of Pittsburgh to address world water crises and spread awareness. Without a formal structure, creativity thrived and students took ownership of their campaigns.
The Value of Arts Education
The signal that “arts matter,” in STEM or any other discipline, is not one that every education institution has received. Changing this line of thinking, at universities and in K–12 schools, is at the core of the national push for stronger STEAM education—or STEM with the inclusion of arts and all the skills they nurture.
The Impact of After-School Arts Programs
For kids in low-income neighborhoods after-school arts programming helps keep them off the streets and provides access to needed enrichment. Can it lower crime rates too?
STEAM-ing up STEM, in Congress and the Classroom
How does art plus science lead to innovation? Educators and future employers are taking a closer look.
Why Silicon Valley Wants Humanities Majors
The humanities aren’t dead in the digital age. In fact, they powered it. They’re helping us understand it. And they’re what let our young people hone their creative edge and succeed in it.
Teens and Social Media? “It’s Complicated”
When it comes to teens and technology, social media researcher danah boyd thinks parents and educators should nix the anxiety and embrace the possibility.
Arts Education and Why It Matters Every Bit as Much as Science and Engineering
How the arts, along with STEM subjects, make the mind “fertile for future learning.”
Summer is Coming. We Promise.
The Maker Education Initiative is coming to Pittsburgh this summer. And along with 3D technology, robots, and rideables, these techie mentors aim to give kids more than just great summer memories.
3D Printing: Coming to a Classroom or Museum Near You
As the sizes and prices of 3D printers shrink, students—and their teachers—are discovering new and creative ways to put them to work.
Through the Arts, Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators
Bill Strickland may not be familiar with the term “21st Century skills,” but he’s been helping kids build them and a whole lot more for years at his urban arts centers. The centers began in Pittsburgh in 1968 and are being replicated across the country. Strickland says the model teaches kids “how to have confidence that the problems they’re encountering are solvable.”
How Today’s Digital Media Helps Kids Find and Tell Their Stories
When kids learn how to create media, not just consume it, a world of opportunities opens up for them to share what matters in their lives.
Imagination as a 21st Century Skill
Einstein once said imagination is more important than knowledge. It seems he was thinking well beyond his time. But how can schools cultivate a skill like imagination?
Maker Gifts to Inspire Young Designers
This holiday season, spark a lifelong love of STEM learning with gifts that give the kids in your lives a chance to tinker: a visit to the MAKESHOP, a roll of duct tape, a mini circuitry kit, and much more.
Why Students Need to Think Like Designers
How educators are using “design thinking” to help kids develop key critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Webmakers, Educators Gather at #MozFest to Forge the Future of the Web—and Learning
Education and technology innovators from Pittsburgh joined international colleagues at the Mozilla Festival for “less yack, more hack.”
Why Remake Learning?
The Kids+Creativity Network is working to make education a deeper journey that continues outside of school. Here's why.
Is Pittsburgh the Next Global Innovation Hub?
With its unique capacity for innovation, can Pittsburgh become a "Globally Fluent metro area" like Helsinki?
Young Makers Score a Home Run for Hands-on Learning
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett better watch out—young Pittsburgh makers have built a worthy competitor.
How to Make Sure Every Child is "Innovation Ready”? Teach Entrepreneurship
Tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit teaches kids the skills they need for the knowledge-based economy of the future.
Will Pittsburgh Face a Shortage of STEAM Workers in 2020?
Jobs are returning but not everyone will be ready to take them unless we do more to prepare our students for a high-skilled workforce. In that respect, Pittsburgh is ahead of the curve.
Creating Spaces That Engage Teens: A Q&A with Amy Eshleman
Amy Eshleman is spearheading the expansion of Learning Labs at libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions in cities across the country. The unique digital spaces are designed to inspire teens to become creators and makers, not just passive consumers of digital media.
Startup Weekend EDU Helps Educators Reimagine The Classroom
Education reformers should look to Pittsburgh for inspiration about next generation schools and partnerships.