Spotlight 2019

Pittsburgh, USA

Educators in the Pittsburgh region are taking risks, reaching higher, and pushing the limits of learning. Find out what we learned from taking a closer look at the education innovations flourishing in the "steel city" in 2019. This Spotlight broke the mold—we couldn't settle on just 10 innovations to highlight, so here you'll find 12 innovations that are impactful in their local context and scalable for education contexts around the world.
Together with The Grable Foundation & Remake Learning

Education Innovation Forged in the Steel City

In 2019, HundrED partnered with the Grable Foundation and Remake Learning to produce the HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh, our first Spotlight in North America, to shine a light on the educators and innovators doing extraordinary things to help students in southwestern Pennsylvania flourish.

More than 80 schools, museums, libraries, and community centers in Pittsburgh shared their innovation with HundrED to show how they’re harnessing the power of creativity, ingenuity, and innovation to help children thrive. Together with our partners in Pittsburgh, HundrED identified 12 of the most inspiring innovations in the Pittsburgh region to share with the world. 

The story of each of these innovations is captured in this collection of short video documentaries and in the innovation profiles below, where you'll learn more about their origin and impact, see step-by-step guidance for recreating their approach, and find contact info to get in touch with the innovators.

The HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh research report collects these innovations together with a detailed overview of the education ecosystem in Pittsburgh, the areas of strength that make innovation possible there, and the opportunities for change that drive the region’s commitment to helping each and every child can reach their full potential.

Cover photo by Ben Filio for Remake Learning.

Discover innovations

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Hillman Academy
Each summer, high school students perform authentic research alongside world-renowned scientists at the Hillman Cancer Center and throughout the University of Pittsbur...
Biology, Career Development, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Internship, Mentoring, Research, STEM
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The Queen's Gambit Chess Institute
Imagine a world where every child has the tools to succeed and uses those tools to spark change in their community. We teach chess in areas where students don't have r...
Chess and Community Impact, Chess and STEAM Learning, Chess in Classrooms
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Auberle's 412 Youth Zone
The 412 Youth Zone provides a variety of resources and opportunities that fosters a healing environment that promotes learning and creativity. We strive to create pos...
Career Exploration, Enrichment Activities, Financial Literacy, GED Preparation, Independence, Job Readiness, Life Skills, Planning for Adulthood, Social skills, Youth Education, Youth Voice
innovation
The CS-STEM Network
The CS-STEM Network offers free robotics curriculum that educators can use to teach students computational thinking concepts. As students work through the activities, ...
Curriculum, Digital Badging, Learning Management System
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Startable Pittsburgh
Startable Pittsburgh™ is a free program that teaches high school students entrepreneurial and maker skills. Students work in teams to design, prototype, build, brand, ...
Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, MakerEd, Startup, Sustainable Future, Youth Empowerment, YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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SOY (Supporting Our Youth) Pittsburgh - Latino Community Center
SOY Pittsburgh is an evidence-based, bilingual PK-5th grade out-of-school time program that prepares students for success in school and life through academics, experie...
Academic Advancement, After School Activities, Bilingual, Culture, Empowerment, ESL, Language Development, Latino, Latinx, Literacy, Social Emotional Learning, Spanish
innovation
College in High School for all
By partnering with the Community College of Allegheny County, we offer students college credit for all core academic courses and many electives. Students can easily c...
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MAKESHOP
This research-based learning space is a permanent exhibit inside the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. MAKESHOP is a drop-in environment where children and families mak...
Design Thinking, Informal Education, Interest driven learning, Makerspace, Museum Learning, Personalized Education, Personalized Learning, STEAM, STEM
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Be the Change: Empathy and Mindset for Civics Learning
Stepping away from traditional civics knowledge, this day-long museum experience uses a change agent mindset to ensure content is more relevant to students. The framew...
Civics, Empathy, Empowerment, History, Mindset shift, Museum, Youth Voice
innovation
Achievement Consultation
Achievement Consultation focusses on female youth experiencing negative behaviors and/or behavioral health issues. This process combines the teaching techniques of ou...
encouraging, Family Engagement, Future Skills Education, gender-specific, impactful, inclusive instruction, Independence, Self-confidence, Self-esteem, Self-evaluation, Strengths-based, Teen Empowerment, Values, value system, where the teacher helps the student to set goals and develop successful learning strategies for all schoolwork
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Global Challenges
All students in the Global Challenges course dive deeply into the UN Sustainable Development Goals to develop a global perspective and to discover a problem that they ...
cultural identity, Empathy, Generalizations and Stereotypes, Global Citizenship, Teaching Sustainable Development Goals, The Sustainable Development Goals SDGs
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Project Prism
Project Prism, a team of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University, created a free-to-play game to engage a generation of children to grow up with increased awar...
Autism, Awareness, Discussion, Educational Game, K-12 Education, Play-Based Learning, University

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