Innovator Tributes

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Manchester Academic Charter School students were introduced to Pittsburgh Innovators through their similar “Innovator Mindset” but varying contributions to history. Each of the 6th and 8th grade classes participated in a multi-day tutorial covering visual communication,  image searching, editing techniques, and audio recording tips in preparation to use Videolicious [while still in beta], an all-in-one video editing app. Mrs. Koloshinsky developed a worksheet to help the digital storytellers map out their one minute tribute videos. This project was based in the Science class and supported by the Social Studies and Writing teachers.  Students walked across the 16th Street Bridge to tour Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation Exhibition before submitting their completed scripts and compositions.

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Curious: Influenced by his Grandfather, a clock repairman

Inquisitive: Gazed through a telescope into the night sky and wondered how it worked

Passionate: Created quality scientific instruments, over 3 years to perfect one lens

Resilient:By day worked in the steel mill and at night he made lenses. Once when he dropped a lens from having overworked hands, he began his work all over again.


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Curious: Conducted research on the effects of pesticides on the food chain

Observant: Stressed that people are just one part of the natural world

Passionate: Learned from her mother to love nature and was inspired to write

Resourceful: Worked in a lab during graduate school to help pay for tuition


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Curious: Pursued a degree in science, developed interest at a young age

Determined: Discriminated against because she woman in a different time but she didn’t allow that to stop her

Resourceful: Repurposed Kevlar fibers originally to be used in tires but she found another way to use it for bulletproof vests


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Determined: Never went to college but became a professor and first Director of Allegheny Observatory

Motivated: Invented the bolometer [detects radiation or particles]

Visionary: Looked to the sky and tried to fly, made attempts but was beat out by the Wright Brothers


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Determined: Supported by parents to apply himself in school eventually ran his own lab

Motivated:  Found the vaccine for Polio and saved thousands of lives

Risk taker: Tested on himself although some died to help find the cure


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Brave: Took risks to save people’s lives

Collaborative: Worked with a team of people to be able to complete dangerous surgeries

Empathetic: Inspired by his mother’s medical condition and resulting death he set out to save other’s lives

Risk taker: Planned out what he was going to do, but sometimes unexpected things would happen during the surgeries


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