Pittsburgh Maker Faire 2016

Pittsburgh Maker Faire 2016Maker Faire is part science fair, educational fair and celebrates all things STEM, STEAM, and art and everything in-between. Pittsburgh’s second full Maker Faire was held October 15 and 16 on the Northside of Pittsburgh, sprawling from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh into NOVA Place and Allegheny Center.

Pittsburgh’s first attempt at hosting a Maker Faire came in 2013, with a mini-Maker Faire being held in October inside and just out front of the Children’s Museum. The first Faire included a mobile FABLAB, vendors, access to the Children’s Museum MAKESHOP, and art and STEM activities for families to complete with their children. After a year off, Pittsburgh graduated to holding its first full Faire in 2015, which included robotics demonstrations, an entrepreneurship and innovation zone, educational vendors, and a maker’s market.

20161016_140112This year’s Faire expanded to three full days, including a Friday educational day which was free to local school students. The maker’s market increased in size and attendees could also partake in a food truck roundup. In addition to vendors and activities, the Faire also included educational talks and workshops on both Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the exhibits included Viking crafts by the Society for Creative Anachronisms, multiple robotics clubs, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s mobile FABLAB, a soft tissue 3D printer in development by CMU, Little Bits and Makey Makey exhibits in the education zone, and a Tesla coil instrument built by Hack Pittsburgh members. The Faire was co-sponsored in 2016 by the Children’s Museum and Hack Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh’s first makerspace which opened to the public.

Pittsburgh Maker Faire 2016If you are looking for family-friendly entertainment and a chance to expose your children (or your students) to everything which is happening in the Pittsburgh region in STEM, entrepreneurship, innovation, and STEAM, be sure to check out the next Faire!


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National Chemistry Week – Illustrated Poetry Contest

chemistry-poetry-contestClick here for event flyer.

Entry Deadline:  Monday, October 31, 2016

“Solving Mysteries through Chemistry”

The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade.

First Prize of $50 will be award in each of 4 grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th and 9th-12th grades.

Mail entries to: Michael Mautino, 3485 Frye Ave., Finleyville, PA 15332.  Include on back of entry:  student name, grade, school name, teacher name, teacher phone number and teacher email address. For home school students please use parent/guardian information in place of teacher.

Winners of the Pittsburgh Section ACS illustrated poem contest will advance to the ACS National Illustrated Poem Contest!

Questions: Contact michael.mautino@covestro.com

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Science News – A Phenomenal Free Resource

The Society for Science & the Public is excited to offer, through the generous support of Regeneron, the Science News in High Schools program free to public high schools and public charter schools for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Sign up your school now for Science News in High Schools and, at no cost to you or your school, receive 10 hard copies of the biweekly magazine, free digital access for the entire faculty and student population and an Educator guide that provides questions, activities and links to the standards to support your classroom learning.

Science News, published since 1922, provides an approachable overview from all fields and applications of STEM daily on the web and bi-weekly in a published magazine. Learn more at https://www.societyforscience.org/science-news-high-schools.

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STEM Networking Series

Thursday, September 22  5:30-8 p.m.
at the Carnegie Science Center
In this unique networking series, ASSET STEM Education and Carnegie Science Center will bring together business and education professionals to collaborate to benefit STEM education across our region. The first session will feature Justin Aglio, Director of Innovation at Montour School District and Rosemary FitzGerald Droney from Mt. Lebanon Furniture on building successful partnerships and collaborations.

Presented by


Special Thanks to our Sponsors
Register today. For more information contact Maleea Johnson, mjohnson@assetinc.org or 412-481-7320, ext. 201.
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STEAM Ed April 2016

STEAM Magazine April 2016

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Calling all K-6 grade Builders!






Sponsored by:

National Association of Women in Construction
Pittsburgh Chapter #161

November 22, 2015

1:00 PM

United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Pittsburgh Training Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
652 Ridge Rd

Children have one hour one hour one hour to build with 25-100 micro blocks and three of the following three of the following three of the following, a rock, piece of

The contest is open to children grade 1 through 6.

Danielle Hoffman



The Block-Kids Building Program is a national building program competition that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC chapters and other organizations. The award-winning program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create an awareness of and to promote an interest in future careers in one of the many facets of the industry. The program is open to all elementary school children in grades K-6. The competition involves the construction of various structures with interlocking blocks and three of the following additional items: A small rock, string, foil and poster board. Local winners advance to Regional Competition and one semi-finalist from each region is entered in the National Program competitions. National prizes are awarded to the top three projects.


Erma Lamousin, member, Gr. Mississippi Gulf Coast NAWIC Chapter initiated the first contest held in Biloxi. Erma shared the idea with president-elect Carol Ericson of the Connecticut/New York Line chapter, who enlisted Susan Levy, (Past NAWIC President), member of the Long Island NY chapter to write guidelines. Carol then recruited NAWIC President Judy Short, member, Cincinnati, Ohio chapter to assist the contest kickoff with a special presentation at the 1989 NAWIC Convention in Seattle, WA.

The rest is history. The contest was off and running. Erma’s granddaughter, Natalie Smith, designed the NAWIC Bock Kids who were then named in a special contest. “Connie Struction” and “Bill Ditt”became the official Block Kids’ names.

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