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.
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?
What Can Kids Learn from the Sochi Olympics?
Friction, gravity, and international relations: the Sochi Olympics are a golden learning opportunity for all things STEM and beyond.
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.
Robust Digital Environments for Every Student
Move over, Sochi. The biggest event this week is Digital Learning Day—24 hours devoted to incorporating new, meaningful technology into classrooms and libraries.
Taking Flight in Pittsburgh
Soon Pittsburgh will boast four classroom flight simulators across the city. These immersive classrooms require participants to master the latest technology and work together to solve complex problems.
Why We Should Prepare Our Daughters (and Our Sons) for Modern Manufacturing Jobs
As the gender gap in manufacturing grows, young women miss out on challenging, high-tech career options and employers miss out on a wealth of talent.
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?
Why Entrepreneurs Are Important Role Models for Creative Kids
Kids gain much more than just business sense when they work alongside local entrepreneurs.
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.
In Chicago, The City Becomes a Great Big Classroom
It’s not just schools that are responsible for preparing young people for the future. In Chicago, a successful summer experiment is going year-round, connecting kids to the city’s rich cultural resources and opportunities for learning outside as well as inside the classroom.
The “Good at Math” Myth
Turns out DNA does not determine whether we’re capable of high school algebra. To succeed in STEM, experts say, kids need opportunity, hard work, and to believe in themselves.
Can the Power of Citizen Science Help Save the Environment?
How innovative technology is making it easier than ever before for ordinary citizens to become climate scientists.
How Early Should We Be Teaching STEM?
Sesame Street thinks students should understand the word “hypothesis” at age 4. Do experts agree?
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.
How Technology is Moving Arts Education Beyond the Classroom
Digital technologies are making it easier for kids to make art that they can publish and share. And educators say this matters for learning.
Ellis School senior creates summer learning program for younger students
Chelsea Canedy, a '13 senior from The Ellis School helps design a summer enrichment camp for disadvantaged young girls across the city.
In STEM Schools, Community Partnerships Prepare Students for The Digital Future
Collaborations with business and higher education are providing students with the technology saturated environments they'll likely face in the workplace.
Fab Labs, MakerSpaces Come to Pittsburgh Area Public Schools
In Pittsburgh, a building boom of new 21st century digital learning spaces for students of all ages.
Blue-Collar Renaissance Begins with STEM
How the focus on hands-on STEM learning in Pittsburgh is helping to develop the essential workforce of the future.