STEM Programs

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”10″ images=”3774,3220,3243,3202,3097,3088″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1440215471075{border-width: 5px !important;padding: 2px !important;border-color: #d31145 !important;}”]Inventions and innovations born in Pittsburgh have impacted the world, and new STEM programs aim to connect the historical impact of these achievements with the scientific process and understanding that made them possible.

The Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation exhibition introduces students to innovators with tenacity, strong willed women and scientists with a purpose who have all made an incredible impact on the world. These programs encourage students to feel inventive and deepen their interest in the history and future of innovation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Online Resources: [bulb] Innovator Match-up  [scope]Allegheny Observatory Timeline [train] Beat the Clock, Save the Train[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Innovator Match-up

Youth are inspired to be reflective by interacting with student-made videos discussing the same attributes they identify in themselves as those highlighted in the tributes created for Pittsburgh innovators.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Allegheny Observatory Timeline

Students interact with a 3D timeline accompanied by a video, spanning the astronomical work of the Allegheny Observatory and its Directors. Explore events from the inspiration of Donati’s comet in 1858 to the numerous contributions to the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics up until today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Beat the Clock, Save the Train

Engage students’ historical empathy through this suspenseful, multimodal game that you can structure in your classroom. Two students play the role of the brakeman on two trains travelling towards one another, seemingly on the same track. In this game, all students are engaged as the date of the group, acting as late 1800s train passengers, is in the palm of the hands of the brakeman…and a bit of chance. After the game, consider the impact of Westinghouse’s work in signaling and the invention of the air brake.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Tours:  Grades: 4th – 8th | Time: 2 hours | Cost: $8.00 | Reservations: Request form | Contact[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]A Better World: Improving the quality of our lives through innovations

Learn about the work of important Pittsburghers as they made change and positively impacted our world. Students will follow in the footsteps of Rachel Carson and become citizen scientists, experiment with food science like H.J. Heinz in pursuit of pure food, and reflect on the impact of Fred Rogers on childhood media as they create their own digital comic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Systems Thinking: Exploring complex systems in history

This program focuses on the dynamics within systems that were as important to past engineers as they are to America’s future innovators. Students evaluate primary sources and the introduction of two innovations to the late 1800s train system, work with modular robotics kits to design and test new robotic systems, and sharpen their systems thinking skills through game design.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Medicine + Mechanisms: Discovery through trials, tenacity and teamwork

Students participate in activities paralleling the collaborative efforts innovated in Pittsburgh, including a hand built microscope to compare the effects of disease based on the pioneering work of Jonas Salk’s lab and using a spectroscope to explore the important studies conducted at the Allegheny Observatory.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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