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Grow A Generation

Grow A Generation makes meaningful Science, Technology, Engineering and Math [STEM] projects possible.  We partner with students in grades 3-16, teachers and schools and help them bring to fruition portfolio worthy projects while partnering them with real world mentors at the cutting edge of 21st century exponential technologies that are transforming our economy and world.

Grow a Generation offers

  • Fellowships:  extended projects where fellows work with academics and professionals to bridge the communication abyss from highly technical to the general public. They develop
    • children’s books,
    • digital artifacts such as websites, videos, games, and virtual reality,  or
    • communities to enter leading science, maker, and STEM competitions.
  •  STEM Leadership Centers:  opportunities to
    • briefly immerse into a new STEM field or competition in a G-MITES camp,
    • master a math or coding skill in our SKILLS LABS, or
    • set out on a Fellowship journey to
      • Find Your Passion,
      • Map the Terrain of a unique emerging 21st field,
      • Partner with an industry or academic Mentor,
      • Develop a Digital Artifact (book, website, YouTube channel, video game or virtual reality experience),
      • Become an Exponential Entrepreneur in our ODYSSEY LABS.
  • Go on a STEM Career Tour to open your imagination into the careers, advanced degrees, and entrepreneurial opportunities of the future.
  • Schedule an Consultation today to discover how Grow a Generation can work with you, your school, or your community center, to make meaningful projects possible and inspire a generation of STEM Athletes, Digital Storytellers, and World Changers.

In all these efforts, we put the student first, helping them become part of a generation ready for the 21st century world. A new conceptual age has dawned and it marks a shift in what jobs of the future will look like, makes obsolete many aspects of our current education system, includes changing global markets and an explosion of information access. A new generation is needed.  It is a generation with the 21st century skills of innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, emotional intelligence, resilience, leadership and vision. It is a generation that is literate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is a generation with unique experience applying their passions into project based and inquiry based opportunities.

Grow a Generation is committed to help you find or support the passion based opportunities your children and teens need to grow and thrive.  Our mission is to give young people the tools and support to become digital storytellers, STEM athletes, and world changers by making meaningful projects that build a more just and beautiful world.

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  • Touch base with Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh, founder and president of Grow a Generation, to ask how we can help you inspire the child(ren) you hold most dear.


In the News…

Sixth-graders to share bat book at TWS conference, By Dana Kobilinsky, The Wildlife Society

Did You Hear?  Osbourne, Baden, Freedom Students Exhibit Altruism, by Marsha Keefer, Beaver County Times

G-MITES Game Design Program teaches theory, design by Caleb Harshberger, Cranberry Eagle

CWNC senior writes children’s book about Pittsburgh scientist  by Amerigo Allegretto in the Cranberry Eagle June 5, 2017

CWNC Teachers Honored in the In Cranberry Summer 2017

Barbee the Bee Visits Sr. Lyn’s Beehives Featured in the Pittsburgh Catholic

Book written, illustrated by Baden Academy pupil raises money for Marine Mammal Center  Beaver County Times

St. Killian World Youth Day Pilgrims create Mobile App  Cranberry Eagle

Awesome write up on Tim Snyder’s talk and visit to HarbisonWalker!  The American Ceramic Society

Local Students Recieve National Recognition for Safe Drivng App CBSPittsburgh

N. Catholic Students Develop Driving App Cranberry Eagle

Digitized Dismissal Beaver County Times

Baden Academy Students Partner with FedEx to Build New Dragon Tag System Ambridge Connection

Students create video game promoting twp. firefighters by Amerigo Allegretto Cranberry Eagle

Grow a Generation Breeds Future Engineers and App Developers by Tyler Baum, Pittsburgh Youth Media

5th Grade Environmentalist Erin Cheek Interview Neighborhood Voices

STEM teenagers learn about the math and science of TrueAlleleTrue Allele Technology Newsletter June/July 2015 Newsletter

Platypus Hosts the STEM Careers Tour CMU Cooperative Robotic Watercraft Post

High School STEM Students Visit Point Park’s CSI House, Learn About Forensic Science  Point Park University Arts and Sciences News and Features

CS2N Helps Create an Evil Robot:  Computer Science Student Network

Spark Lunch and Learn Excitement is Growing:  Sprout Fund

Grow a Generation – An Interview with Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh: Gifted Parenting Support

Families Write Leadership Manual: A Sewickley Herald Article

Whiz Kid: Ian Cavanaugh co-authors a Grow a Generation resource: A Sewickley Patch Bulletin


Grow a Generation is supported by New Sun Rising

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Our Team

Dr. Ellen CavanaughCEO and Galactic Problem SolverEmail Jacob GorczycaDir. of Human Resources and Intergalactic Mission Control Zabriawn Eugene SmithProject Manager BodhiChief of Security and Defender of the Realm MENTORS, INTERNS, AND COUNCIL OF THE WISE Joseph ChaneyProgrammer and Atlas’s Interloper Joel Cilli3-D Printing and Arduino Mentor and Wizard of Electronic Enchantments Mayada Christensen Project Manager …


Grow a Generation Email: drellen “at” Office Address 200 Hoenig Road Sewickley PA 15143 Phone 724-266-1498      


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