People at the Heart of Technology and Innovation

No one knew quite what to expect as we gathered on Saturday morning in the plaza outside the Children’s Museum to start our volunteer shift at Maker Faire Pittsburgh. I had been to previous Maker Faires, and seen the 3D printers and frisbee-throwing robots, but this was leaps and bounds larger than previous years. There were life-sized R2D2 robots, baseball

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Maker Courses Announced: Boat Building, “Chopped”, Podcasting, and More

After a few rounds of proposing ideas and refining groups on our online sign-up, we announced this fall’s project courses today and they will begin next week. The project courses  are small, passion-based electives for 7th-8th graders that are designed by faculty to help build teamwork and resilience. The courses meet once per cycle for about an hour and are organized around

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Making and Doing are Alive and Well

Students and teachers have been engaged in some new maker spaces and project courses on campus this fall. The 7th and 8th graders have joined these mini-classes, which do not have a grade or homework and engage students in building, making, producing, and otherwise doing: Service Learning Up-Cycling School Store Trip Planning Making Airplanes Here are a few pictures from

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Three Memories to Close the School Year

Here are the remarks I delivered to close this year’s Awards Ceremony: As we end the school year, it’s natural to think back over the important things that have happened to us this year. Your list will include some of the greatest challenges you faced in your classes or activities. It will likely include something about the relationships with friends

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Making Mistakes Count

As the Middle School knows from a story or two at announcements, I have taken on a home improvement project that is just outside my range of knowledge. To make matters worse, my project is renovating a bathroom, which involves plenty of plumbing. I like to take on projects and learn new things, but with a project like this mistakes

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