Modes of making: exploration, engineering, and entrepreneurship
From creativity and expression to job training and entrepreneurship, maker learning is what you make of it.
What’s on deck for Inclusive Innovation Week?
Join the celebration! We hope to see you at Inclusive Innovation Week 2017
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.
Learning STEAM in Style
Fashion design is a natural companion to the maker and STEAM movements. It calls for risk, creativity, and technical precision, and there is plenty of the latter when it comes to e-fashion.
This Summer, Pittsburgh Becomes a Citywide Campus for Learning
It isn’t Pittsburgh’s first conversion into a living campus, but it is the largest. After a trial run last summer, and armed with a new grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the Sprout Fund tweaked and expanded Cities of Learning to ready the initiative for 2015.
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.
Community Corps Brings Digital Education to County Kids
Organizations across the educational spectrum are recognizing the urgency of digital literacy education. But many of them lack the bandwidth, knowledge, or equipment to provide it. The Digital Corps aims to meet some of this need.
Bearing Witness: Catching Up With Hear Me's Jessica Pachuta
Jessica Pachuta is project codirector at Hear Me, a youth empowerment and media initiative at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab. As Director of Hear Me 101, Jessica trains teens in Pittsburgh high schools to create documentaries and bring their messages to decision makers. She spoke with us about what she’s learning from spending so much time hanging out with politically engaged young people through Hear Me.
Learning at Libraries in the Information Age
For centuries, libraries functioned as unique archives of written information and stories. Now, that information is available on many portable devices, but libraries are not obsolete. Far from it.
Catching up with the Literary Arts Boom
The Literary Arts Boom is a place where Pittsburgh kids can explode with creative expression
Pittsburgh Project Youth Get Hacking
The third floor of the Pittsburgh Project buzzes with excited energy. In the art room, middle school students hack ugly sweaters to create a holiday quilt, complete with loud plaids and glittery buttons. Around 4pm, they migrate down the hall to the computer room, settling in for a session with the Remake Learning Digital Corps. […]
What “Steel City” and “Cottonopolis” Have in Common
Pittsburgh, once nicknamed “Steel City,” and Manchester, England, once nicknamed “Cottonopolis,” have all but shed the industries that once drove their economies. They've reinvented themselves for the 21st century and have more in common than you'd think.
Digital Corps Empowers Youth to Master the Digital Landscape
The Digital Corps is building a network of talented teachers of technology that are helping Pittsburgh youth take digital literacy to the next level.
Making Connections Between Creativity and Digital Literacy
Ten-year-old fashion designer Amya has found real-world applications for her digital literacy skills, using computers to help in her design work at Maker's Place in Homewood.
Why High Speed Internet Matters for Cities (and for Schools)
Chattanooga has the fastest internet connection in the nation. Can Pittsburgh be far behind?
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.
Growing the Innovation Economy, One Young Technologist at a Time
In Pittsburgh’s East End, building a new generation of technology entrepreneurs.
Creative Mornings comes to Pittsburgh!
Pittsburgh has just been accepted to hold a Creative Mornings chapter! Host Kate Stoltzfus of yinzperation will be cultivating creatives for this monthly breakfast lecture series!
It’s Popular to Hack… and Make… and Share
People everywhere are hacking and making! Get involved in these awesome opportunities, and share with us what you thought!
Simulation Technology Makes Med School Dreams a Reality
If you’ve ever had to pass a CPR class, the idea of saving the life of a distressed rubber mannequin isn’t new to you. Imagine if that life-size model was capable of teaching even more than just chest compressions. With a tech suite of medical equipment and monitors, that rubber model stops looking like a […]
Interbots Wins Top Prize In Nation’s First RoboBowl Competition
Spark-funded organization Interbots recently took first place in a competition sponsored by The Robotics Technology Consortium, Carnegie Mellon University and the Innovation Accelerator. RoboBowl Pittsburgh is the first in a series of new venture competitions aimed at supporting start-ups that utilize robotics in ways that improve healthcare, manufacturing, national defense, and education. Interbots specializes in […]