ABC CREATE@Riverview littleBits Workshop
Location: Riverview School District
901 Pennsylvania Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139
Date and Time: February 6, 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Overview: This littleBits training session will introduce classroom teachers to this versatile tool designed to introduce coding into any classroom. This easy to teach and easy to learn resource engages students through making and game design and is available for classroom use through the ABC CREATE Lending Library. This session is designed for teachers of grades 3–12 (all subject areas) although all teachers are welcome to come and experience the possibilities. While easy to use with younger students, littleBits are versatile enough to be integrated into older grades as well. Presented by teacher and ABC CREATE Fellow Cathy Favo, this workshop will offer hands on experience with the littleBits coding kits and connect teachers across local districts to collaborate in planning and implementing lessons.
Questions: Contact Cathy Favo, cfavo@RSD.K12.PA.US
Host An Event for Remake Learning Days 2019
Each ABC CREATE District is encouraged to host at lease one event during Remake Learning Days! What will yours be?
Location: Our Region and Spanning Across America
Due: Submit event by February 1st
Date and Time: May 9 - 19, 2019
Overview: Your Remake Learning Days (RLD) event should offer youth the opportunity to participate in a 21st century future-forward hands-on learning experience utilizing one or more RLD themes: arts, maker, outdoor learning, science, technology, and youth voice.
Let Colleen Smith know what you'll be hosting!
ABC CREATE STEAM SHOWCASE 2019
Location: Penn State New Kensington
3550 7th Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
Date and Time: March 6th from 8 AM - 3 PM
Overview: SAVE THE DATE. More details to come.
Learning Pathways Writing Session
Location: Higlands School District
500 Pacific Avenue, Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Date and Time: February 13, 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Overview: Represent your District in ABC CREATE’s next Learning Pathways Writing session. While educators who attended the Learning Pathways session at the Fall Convening 2018 in December will automatically be invited to attend (if that’s you, keep an eye out for an email coming soon), we welcome others who are ready to get involved with writing an ABC CREATE Learning Pathway. If this interests you, you could partner with others on a developing pathway or you could propose a new pathway.
Pathways currently in development:
Creative Design: AR/Cospaces Pathway | Veterans Website | littleBits | Makey/Makey-Hummingbird
Engineering: Tram Building | Engineering Design Process | Structural Design/Forces |
Bridge Construction/Mobile/Snap Circuits | Bike Generator
Data Fluency: Ethics in Data | Human Rights | Speck | VR/Google Expeditions/Bee-Bots
Coding & Computer Science: Dash & Dot | Code n Go/Puzzlets | Hummingbird | Scratch/Arduino/Hummingbird | Cospaces/ALICE | Finch | Drones | Vex
Get in touch with Stacie Isenberg, Laura Fleischer Proano, or Colleen Smith for more information.
Overview: Attend one - or more - of these FREE workshops to expand your expertise in computer science, STEAM, robotics, coding, and more. Open to classroom teachers, school administrators, out-of-school instructors, and all other educators.
at Allegheny Intermediate Unit
475 E. Waterfront Dr.
Homestead, PA 15120
at Montour High School
223 Clever Rd.
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh
Shining a global spotlight on the education innovations forged in the Pittsburgh region.
Location: Various Workshops in January + February
Deadline to submit: March 6, 2019
Overview: In 2019, HundrED is shining a spotlight on the educators and innovators who are doing extraordinary things to help students in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia flourish. The HundrED Spotlight Pittsburgh will identify ten inspiring innovations from the Pittsburgh region and share them with the world. Learn more by attending one of the workshops being held in the region.
Let's see ABC CREATE in this spotlight! Submit your educational innovation!
Free Speck Air Quality Monitors - Read on for details
Location: Carnegie Mellon University
Overview: Airviz would like to donate the remainder of their Speck inventory and are taking nominations for potential recipients. The Specks in inventory are a few years old. Many of them have a dead battery. Those receiving these free specks will be responsible for their own maintenance such as any quality control issues, purchasing and replacing batteries. Recipients will need to be comfortable enough to replace batteries on their own (here are the instructions).
Interested? Contact Sara Longo email@example.com and mention you are from ABC CREATE!
CMU CREATE Lab is seeking RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS
Location: Carnegie Mellon University
Eligibility: Teach a Kindergarten through 5th grade class in a public or charter school
Date and Time: Currently seeking for Spring 2019 semester
Overview: The CMU CREATE Lab is conducting a research study of our new educational technology for Kindergarten through 5th grade, called Flutter. They are seeking research volunteers to pilot Flutter curriculum in their math classrooms during the Spring 2019 semester.
If you participate in the study, you will receive 8 hours of professional development. Refreshments will be provided. Following PD teachers will implement two math units with their class in spring 2019 (an estimated 4-6 days). Teachers will also be interviewed for approximately 1 hour.
To be eligible to volunteer for the research study you must:
Participants will receive a stipend of $100 for professional development, $10/session to compensate for parking expenses while attending PD, and $100 for completing curriculum and interview. (Total payment up to $220.)
If interested, please email Lauren Zito at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
CMU CREATE Lab is seeking PARTNERS
Overview: A friend of the CREATE Lab, who has worked with them on a number of humanitarian projects, is interested in fostering a letter writing and cultural exchange program with her local schools in Uganda.
If interested, please email Jordan Mroziak at email@example.com to discuss partnership.
Advocate Grant Program
Application Deadline: March 5, 2019
Overview: Apply for the Society for Science & the Public's Advocate Grant Program, which provides a $3,000 stipend and training to an individual (teacher, scientist, counselor, or mentor) who agrees to serve as an advocate for 3-5 underserved students to transition them from conducting scientific or engineering research projects to completing applications to scientific competitions.
Carnegie Mellon Launches HS CS Curriculum
Announcement: Carnegie Mellon University, world-renowned for computer science and artificial intelligence, has launched a free, online curriculum for high school students that helps instructors teach programming skills using engaging graphics and animations.
The curriculum fills a gap between introductory computer science educational materials available for grades K-8 and the rigorous Advanced Placement courses that the most advanced students might take later in high school.