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Ellis School named a K-12 "Design Thinking" Leader

Fewer than 50 schools nationwide have received this designation, but on Oct. 22 The Ellis School was named a Design Thinking Leader by the Design Thinking in Schools K12 website. Ellis' weekly online conversation about design thinking, run by the school's Lisa Abel-Palmieri, drew the attention of this Stanford University project.
 
Read more here.

Pittsburgh's educational maker movement lauded on CNN

Pittsburgh, the Children's Museum, Gregg Behr and the groundbreaking educational work taking place here are all featured in a CNN.com article about the importance of making things in the development of a person's intelligence and attention to detail.

"Jane Werner, executive director of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, built out a 3,000-square-foot makerspace, what it calls MakeSHOP, and is creating an additional 5,000-square-foot MakeSHOP for kids age 10 and up."

"'Museums can be labs for education reform,' Werner says. 'No one can fail at a museum. Why not experiment with education reform at a museum?'"

To read more about the Maker Movement, click here.

This traveling mom found much to love in Kidsburgh

Cincinatti Family magazine had a few praises to sing for Kidsburgh on its website this week. "Our astronaut adventure happened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nicknamed “Kidsburgh,” Pittsburgh delivers fun for families with attractions like the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Duquesne Incline, and Kennywood Park, one of the nation’s first amusement parks."

"During our visit, we took in two of the city’s most famous and kid-friendly museums, and enjoyed sightseeing downtown. Once we returned to earth at the Science Center, we explored more about space, by flipping switches and controls in a simulated space station cabin, seeing mild explosions in a show replicating rocket launches, and touching a real meteorite."

To read more about what Kidsburgh has to offer,  click here.

5 Things to do in Pittsburgh with kids

Kidsburgh has once again been featured in the media at large, this time by FamilyTravelMagazine.com

"My son and I recently attended a press trip in Pittsburgh, focused on families. I always knew that Pittsburgh, like Boston, is a big sports city, but my knowledge of the city beyond that was pretty limited. It’s not necessarily a spot I would have immediately thought of when planning a family vacation. However, after visiting some of these fabulous things to do in Pittsburgh with kids, I’d definitely recommend a family visit to Pittsburgh. We had such a wonderful time."

Their five favorite spots for kids include the Carnegie Science Center and The Children's Museum.

To read about one woman's adventure with her son, click here.

Curious Little Kid goes 40 for 20

Persistent Pittsburgh mom blogger Sara Crytzer, at Curious Little Kid, has compiled not one but two great lists of "20 things to do for under $20." Check them out here and here.

Hashtag for youth employment

Homewood Nation's Elwin Green writes about a Pittsburgh tech entrepreneur, Shimira Williams of TekStart, who is proposing a new Twitter hashtag for youth offering and those looking for local employment: #youth412.

Read about it here.

Sci Tech graduates everyone

Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy had its first graduating class, and all 56 seniors graduated.
 
Celebrate with the New Pittsburgh Courier here.

Clairton Robotics are champs

The Hive Learning Network Blog, EXPLORE + CREATE + SHARE, covered the amazing success of the Clairton High School robotics team, both regionally and nationally, at the BattleBots Championships.
 
Hear more about them here.

Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist

People doubted the wisdom of Sue Mellon, gifted support coordinator for Springdale Junior and Senior High/Colfax School in the Allegheny Valley School District, when she wanted to give her 7th and 8thgraders more appreciation for poetry by involving them in robotics. Today, Robotics Poetry is a regular part of Springdale. 

Read about this fun innovation here.

Pittsburgh woman creates doll for kids with Down Syndrome

See the new line of dolls being created by Connie Feda, whose 13-year-old daughter, Hannah, has Down syndrome, so Hannah could have dolls that look more like her:

Read about the project here.

Parents Mag names Children's among 10 best hospitals

Find out here why Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC was named by Parents Magazine among its 10 best hospitals in the country.

A family's three day visit to Pittsburgh

"Pittsburgh is a really cool city, unlike any I’ve ever been in before," writes the author who brought her family to town for a three day visit." Read what she has to say about everything from our bridges, which her kids deemed very cool, to the clean and well-lit downtown and the thriving street scene.

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh's education collaborative lauded

"The Greater Pittsburgh Region is a 21st century model of a creative, collaborative, and connected community committed to creating remarkable learning experiences for children and youth that enhance achievement in science, technology, and the arts.

Researchers, university labs, cultural institutions, and child-serving agencies are working across disciplines to forge dynamic partnerships with educators and administrators of public, private, charter, and virtual school systems, civic leaders, and the burgeoning entrepreneurial private sector focused on technology and media.

With millions of dollars invested, thousands of children and youth engaged, hundreds of dedicated practitioners active in dozens of organizations, and a thriving ecosystem to support and sustain this work, Pittsburgh's approach has yielded tangible results for children, youth, and the community at large..."

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh with kids: an education in fun

How much fun is Kidsburgh for kids?

Read the story here.

All work, no school makes Johnny more antisocial

Some may argue that placing high-school-age juvenile offenders in jobs is a good idea. But a new Pitt study shows that students who work more than 20 hours weekly and do not attend school regularly display more antisocial behavior than do other high-school-age youth.

The study is summarized here.

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