Parenting for Technology Futures
Nourbakhsh recognizes the advent of digital education as certain and full of opportunities for new kinds of learning. But he advises parents to ask, “How do I give my child the best possible preparation for a post-human future powered by technology?
A Future in Science
Concerned about the global food crisis, Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow were compelled to study the impact of bacteria on crop growth. Their findings—that naturally occurring strains of certain bacteria could significantly speed up crop growth and increase crop yield—may certainly contribute to the fight against global hunger. The research is impressive even without considering that Judge, Hickey, and Healy-Thow are just 16 years old.
Helping STEM Learning Take Root Outside the Classroom
Schools are working hard to engage students in computer programming and engineering, but resources are tight. And some kids lack access to high-tech tools at home. Can afterschool programs help bridge the gap?
PA Kids Win Federal Grant for Early Learning
Pennsylvania’s newly won federal grant for early childhood education is aimed at narrowing the school readiness gap—something several Pittsburgh organizations are already hard at work on.
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.
Local high school robotics team takes on national competition
Clairton Robotics team overcomes adversity to defy expectations and take home the honors at regional and national BattleBots Championships this year.
To Support STEM Learning, It Takes a Village
When a local robotics team couldn’t afford the trip to nationals, parents, teachers, and business leaders from around the country stepped in to help.
STEM Fields: Not Just For The Boys
The shortage of young women entering STEM fields is not simply a question of gender equality. It’s a threat to economic growth. We take a look at how roboticists and engineers in Pittsburgh are working to change that.
Preparing Our Students for Their Robotic Futures
Can STEM education help empower today’s students to use tomorrow’s robotic technology for the public good?
No Ordinary Machine: At the STEM Design Challenge Local Students Build Robots to Solve Real-World Problems
In a challenge to use robotics to create a healthier, safer, and cleaner world, student engineers designed robots that can collect your trash and rehabilitate endangered animals. What’s next?
International Spy School based in Pittsburgh gives middle school girls a head start in STEM
Click! Spy School engages middle school girls ages 10–14 to become “agents-in-training” as they explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
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 […]
Robot Teaches Children to Recycle
Meet Dr. R.E. Cycler, a robot built by Florida Robotics to teach children about recycling. The robot runs on solar power and can move and interact with children. He also “eats” cans by crushing them and storing them in his belly where they are later taken to a recycling facility. The doctor was first built […]
Make Your Own Mini Robot
Check out this neat tutorial on how to build a miniature robot using an Altoids tin. Read these instructions and do it yourself! Robotics can be a great teaching tool and an easy way to get kids interested in the sciences. Several Spark funded projects involve robotics including Curious Creatures from Art Energy Design, Character […]