Air Pollution and Asthma - Middle School Girls Feature SPECK in Video Competition Entry

Allegheny Traditional Academy middle school girls engaged in the after school program STEM Stars focused their Carnegie Science Center i5 Digital Video competition entry on Air Pollution and Asthma.  SPECK played a feature role as the girls used the monitors to assess the air quality in their own school.  Check out their culminating video:

STEM Stars, a joint program between the Carnegie Science Center and the YWCA, targets middle school girls in Allegheny County.  The goal of STEM Stars is to improve academic achievement and increase interest in and awareness of STEM topics and careers.

-guest post by Cathy Rohrer

Robotize Your Child's Summer with Arts & Bots Summer Camps

ASSET STEM Education

Arts & Bots

Ages 8-14 Thursday-Friday 9 am - 4 pm

June 22-26
July 13 -17

Register for the first week HERE
Register for the second week HERE

For more information, call 412-481-7320 

What happens when you combine your creativity with computer programming? Craft and code your very own robotic creation using electronic components and recycled materials to amaze your friends and family. Each camper will take home the Hummingbird Basic Programming kit to power their robot.

Daily fee includes lunch and snacks; before- and after-care available for $10/day. Sign up for 1-3 days or the week to fit your schedule & budget!. All campers receive a camp t-shirt! Arts & Bots class includes a take-home Hummingbird controller kit.

$365 for full week / $200 for just Arts & Bots class


CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER

Create-a-Bot

Ages 8-9, Full Day Camps 9 am – 3 pm

http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/summer-camps-full-day-8-9/

To register: call 412.237.1637 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Aug. 3 – 7

Technology and imagination unite as you combine craft materials and robotic components to build and animate robotic creations. Using visual programming software and Hummingbird Robotics Kits, campers will engage in the artistic side of robotics
$235 members / $250 non-members (price includes materials fee) 

Create-a-Bot 

http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/summer-camps-full-day-10-12/

Ages 10-12, Full Day Camps 9 am – 3 pm

To register: call 412.237.1637 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

June 22-26
July 6-10
July 20-24

Technology and imagination unite as you combine craft materials and robotic components to build and animate robotic creations. Using visual programming software and Hummingbird Robotics Kits, campers will engage in the artistic side of robotics
$235 members / $250 non-members (price includes materials fee)


BROOKLYN ROBOT FOUNDRY

Robot Programming


Grades 5th-7th, Full Day Camps 9 am - 3pm (extended day available till 6:30pm)

Register HERE

July 27th-31st

We will only be offering one week of this super awesome session! We will be using the fantastic Hummingbird robotics kit to teach programming. This versatile platform was designed at Carnegie Melon’s CREATE lab.

It is the perfect introduction to programming as it combines hands-on building and art with real electronics (servos, LEDs, motors, sensors) with programming. No previous programming experience is necessary. The kids will work in small groups and create robots that interact with the other robots and environment. Students will not be taking home any projects at the end of the session

$595

Macroinvertebrates gigapixel project wins IXD award

This week, The Aquatic Macoroinvertebrates Collection won the Engaging category of the national IXD Awards. The Interaction Design (IXD) Awards recognize and celebrate examples of excellence in Interaction Design across domains, channels, environments and cultures. 

The macroinvertebrates project leverages an emerging class of gigapixel image technology to make the process of learning to see and identify insects more visual and engaging, without sacrificing scientific detail. Accurately identifying stream insects is a vital aspect of tracking water quality and protecting the health of watersheds, but it requires developing observational skills and knowledge to be able to participate. The site enables a variety of learners to more fully engage and participate in monitoring, environmental decision-making, and activism around the protection and conservation of our freshwater water resources.

Big congratulations to the entire Macroinvertebrates team! 

More info about the IXD Awards and the other entries can be found here.

STEAM Showcase @ Carlow CREATE Lab Satellite

The projects on display in this showcase represent learning experiences constructed by our faculty to prepare students with 21st century skills.

JOIN US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT…
•       Student science research projects
•       Robotics activities
•       CREATE Lab Satellite Projects
•       The 1-to-1 Computing Initiative
•       Interdisciplinary Projects in Fine Arts, Language Arts, Math, Religion, Science, Social Studies

Family Night
JANUARY 28, 2015
6 – 8 pm
Meet our student scientists

St. Agnes Center, on the Carlow University Campus
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

We recognize the value of interdisciplinary investigation,
and the inspiration that results from the convergence of different disciplines.

Speck Monitor Empowers Citizen Scientists

The Speck air quality monitor was mentioned in a recent article by NPR's StateImpact series. The article focuses on citizen scientists and the impact their data can have on scientific research and activism. Part of the article covered the Citizen Sense project from the University of London. As part of the project, researchers gave Speck monitors to people living near natural gas development in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna county. The main interest of the project is not the air quality readings but what the residents do with the data.

The full article can be found here.

Website for the project can be found here.

Hear Me in Philadelphia for Fair Education Funding

On December 2nd and 3rd the Hear Me team traveled to Philadelphia to interview students for the Campaign for School Funding. This campaign is in partnership with the Education Law Center, and is part of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, a statewide effort of 40 organizations to ensure students’ access to quality education.

The team’s first stop was the Education Law Center's Philadelphia office, where Hear Me interviewed nine young people from various Philadelphia High Schools.

(Photo credit: Jay Frye)

The students discussed closing schools, adjusting to school mergers, budget cuts, class size, and the benefits of well-funded schools. Listen to these stories here. The night concluded with a group conversation over pizza, where students talked about empty classrooms, transportation, and school administration. 

19-year-old filmmaker Jay Frye, who visited Pittsburgh for last year’s Hear Me 101 screening to showcase his own documentary, photographed the visit and shared his stories.

(Photo credit: Jay Frye)

The following morning, the team split up to go to Palumbo High School and Lingelbach Elementary. At Palumbo, Ryan met with Eileen Duffy, a school nurse and a member of the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools. Eileen shared Media Mobilizing Project's video, "Our Schools Are Not For Sale," which documents the schools funding crisis in Philly. 


The three students interviewed at Palumbo echoed the view of the documentary - Something must be done to save public education in Philadelphia.  

Jess and Alex interviewed eight students at Lingelbach Elementary about the effects of budget cuts on their education.  Lingelbach had recently been in the news for having an annual discretionary budget of only $160 for the 2014-2015 school year, which equals about 40 cents per student.

The Hear Me team regrouped in the afternoon at South Philadelphia High School to interview 11 students about resources and funding at their school.  Throughout the interviews, many students talked about the importance of their guidance counselor and stressed the need for additional counselors. At SPHS, there is only one guidance counselor appointed to both the junior and senior classes. 

In total, Hear Me covered over 600 miles and visited four collection sites in just over 36 hours.  Look for all of the stories to be on the Hear Me website soon.

We would like to extend a big thanks to our partners at the Education Law Center and Philadelphia Public Schools for making the trip possible and a special thank you to all of the young people who shared their stories in an effort to ensure fair funding in education.

To sponsor a kiosk on Fair Education Funding, email kiosk@hear-me.net and help support these young people.

- Ryan, Hear Me Project Coordinator

Borrow Finch Robots for Your Classroom or Library

In the past year, BirdBrain Technologies has sent sets of 50 Finch robots to over 70 schools to use for one month. The program has allowed tens of thousands of students to learn programming and robotics.

They are pleased to announce that they are re-opening the school loan program for 2015. 

More information for schools can be found here.


This year they are excited to expand the loan program to include libraries. Libraries can apply to receive 6 or more Finches for 3 to 9 months, with possibility of converting the loan into a permanent donation. 

More information for libraries can be found here.

Application deadline is January 19th, 2015.

Please consider The CREATE Lab as you think about Year-End or New-Year giving!

We would love to have your support to continue empowering a technology fluent generation in rural and urban areas, and creating tools such as the newly launched Breathe Cam, for everyday citizens and scientists.

Next year we look forward to presenting our first annual CONTEXT tech fluency conference, and to empowering communities with visual evidence of pollution through our eCam project.

To donate, please visit: http://give.cmucreatelab.org

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season!

~ The CREATE Lab Team

Hummingbird and Finch at TRETC

There's still time to register for the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference on Nov. 17th & 18th. TRETC is the premier K-16 educational technology conference in Western Pennsylvania. Over 350 educators from K-12 schools, higher education and non-profits come to the event. In addition, each year over 30 vendors showcase their new technologies.

CREATE Lab has been featured in the past at TRETC and this year, the Hummingbird and Finch will be part of the Maker Space and will be part of Breakout Session B: Featured Presentation – Ball Room – 11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Presenter: Zee Poerio, K-8 Computer Teacher, St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School

Presentation Title: EdTech Takes the Runway at TRETC: Trends to Rock your Classroom Style

Description: This session will present trending APPS and tools in a fast-paced, fashion show format. Learn how to engage your students, stimulate creativity, foster collaboration, and encourage deeper learning while putting your teaching style in a class of its own.

Watch "TRETC invite 2014" on TouchCast
(Watch to the end to see the Hummingbird t-shirt and the Finch which will be in the fashion show.)

Hope to see you there!


Post submitted by Zee Poerio, St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School