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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.

Selected Innovations   All innovations

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
705 views
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Founded in 1968 on the belief that environment shapes behavior, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) has grown from a community-based ceramics program into a cornerstone...
3D printing, After School Activities, Arts, Ceramics, Craft, Digital Arts, Diversity, Fabric Arts, Inclusion, Media and Digital Literacy Skills, Mentoring, Photography, Screen Printing, STEAM, Visual Art, Visual Art After-School
665 views
Youth Express
When youth realize that their voice matters, they realize that they matter. Since 2013, Youth Express has used tools of radio to create and distribute commentaries, di...
21st Century Skills, Media, Self expression, Youth Voice, Youth Writing
871 views
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
1 039 views
JAM
When two first-grade girls came to their teacher with the idea to start a business that donates profits to charity, a maker-learning program became an incubator for yo...
Charity, Empathy, Entrepreneurship, Making, School Business Partnerships, STEM
1 256 views
Global Minds Initiative
In schools across the United States and Canada, students from over 50 countries meet after school to combat intolerance and foster intercultural friendships. Designed,...
Bullying Prevention, Collaborative Learning, Cultural Exchange, Culturally Sensitive, Empathy-driven learning, Inclusion and Diversity, Language Awareness, Leadership Development, Social Emotional Learning, Youth Empowerment, Youth Voice
858 views
Summer Dreamers Academy
A no-cost, premier summer learning experience providing the academic benefit of summer school along with the fun of summer camp. Through a mix of high-quality, engagin...
academic growth, achievement gap, enrichment, opportunity gap, Out-of-School time, STEAM, STEM, summer camp, summer learning, summer learning loss
846 views
Fabricating Change in Mental Wellness
Students diagnosed with mental health conditions design, build, prototype, and learn at Intermediate Unit 1 Educational Campus at Colonial, an alternative education sc...
Digital Fabrication, Fab Lab, Maker education, Mental Health, Project Based Learning, STEMSTEAM
1 161 views
transformED
transformED offers radically relevant professional learning experiences that emphasize hands-on practice with new ideas, skills, and tools, together with a technology ...
Emerging Technology, Innovative Thinking, Inspiring Teachers, Professional Development, Professional Networking
522 views
The Finch Robot
This educational technology tool can be programmed in five different coding languages, from Scratch to Java, making it immediately accessible to learners of any age an...
Access To Education, Coding, Computational Thinking, Computer Science, Gender Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Physical Computing, Robotics, Rural Equity, STEAM, STEM
891 views
The Labs @ CLP Summer Skills Intensives
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 18 locations have dedicated space where teens can hang out, mess around, and geek out. Each summer, Intensives offer teens a chance to...
21st Century Skills, Community Informal Learning, Creative technology, HOMAGO, Libraries, Teen Empowerment, Youth Voice
785 views
Simple Interactions
A practice-based, strengths-focused, and community-driven approach to support educators by affirming the importance of positive, responsive, and supportive human inter...
652 views

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