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Ellen Cavanaugh

I live in the intersection of mathematics (originally trained as a math teacher), a business owner, a parent, and a theologian exploring what brings meaning to life. My passion is for every child in our world to thrive. I believe the most important resource each child has is you, their parent. May we together Grow a Generation that of innovative, critical thinking collaborators, emotionally intelligent and resilient, with great leadership and vision.

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  1. Baden Academy Invaded By an Evil Robot! — 48 comments
  2. The Coding Craze: Why I Am Asking Learners to Go Deep into Scratch Programming — 28 comments
  3. Lifting a Teen from the Mud of Self-Absorbed Pity — 12 comments
  4. My Child Wants to Design Video Games Part Two: What type of training or classes should they take? — 6 comments
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4 Critical Fellowships Highlight the Future of Energy

The three largest industries in our region are healthcare, advanced manufacturing and energy. A number of our fellowships deal with energy and I have spent the last year reading as many resources as I could get my hands on. The issues are complex, we have much to consider as we make the transition, but the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/11/16/future-of-energy/

Clean Drinking Water: An Engineering Challenge for 4 Fellowships

“Choose a threat to your city’s water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.”  That is the challenge of this year’s Future City Competition. While Future City is focused on a hypothetical scenario in planning for a city 50 years in the future, we have fellowships working …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/11/09/clean-drinking-water-an-engineering-challenge-for-river-robots-sustainable-water-team-aquatic-robotics-and-the-future-city-competition-team/

Organized Kids at NAPO

On  Thursday, October 10, three 6th grade girls traveled to the Crown Plaza Suites to attend the NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) Pittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Organizing Seminar“Release & Renew” Organizing Tips and Tricks from the Pros. Sofia, Hamari, and Destiney were able to present some of their research and the resource posters they …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/10/20/organized-kids-at-napo/

Baden Academy Research Fellows 2019-20

We are honored and thrilled to again lead an amazing group of research fellows at the Baden Academy Charter school. This program is available to students who apply, with references, and spend their enrichment/intervention periods in the media lab working collaboratively with academics and professionals around the globe.

Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/10/06/baden-academy-research-fellows-2019-20/

Inspiring Hope

I was at the Harvest Festival this weekend supporting many of our Fellows. One quiet moment allowed me to share some news with Alyssa Westrom, there to promote the book she co-authored “Engineering Wings to the Sun.” Alyssa, now in 7th grade at Lincoln Park, had received a letter addressed to our school to her …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/09/29/inspiring-hope/

Passionate About Bridges

Charlie and Mohammed were some of the first Fellows in our STEM Leadership Center. While Mohammed stepped back for a while, Charlie has moved ahead on his explorations of cutting edge technology fixing the problem in the world he most wants to solve. Check out his latest video! If you know of any other area …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/09/20/passionate-about-bridges/

Come to the Beaver BookFest Sat. Sept. 7!

Come meet some of the authors from Baden Academy at the Beaver County BookFest 2019 taking place Saturday, September 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the charming and historic town of Beaver, PA.

Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/09/01/come-to-the-beaver-bookfest-sat-sept-7/

Robot Kittens, Computer Vision, and Chance Encounters

This is a picture of one of our research fellows, Eugene Haley, using computer vision to control the movements of a robotic kitten. The story of how we got here is amazing! One of the fellowships at the STEM Leadership Center started with Elise Propst, a long time amazing student with a love of four-legged …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/08/24/robot-kittens-computer-vision-and-chance-encounters/

3 Reasons I Love Games For Change!

Ten days ago I received a wonderful surprise in my inbox. Games For Change wrote “Thank you so much for participating in the Games for Change Student Challenge last year. As a token of our appreciation, we would like to offer you a free ticket to Play NYC next weekend, hosted by Playcrafting. ” This extraordinary organization empowers game …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/08/11/3-reasons-i-love-games-for-change/

2 Exciting High Points from the Rockies

I just returned from a week in the Rocky Mountain National Park and wanted to share with you my two highpoints!  The first involves a moment on little more than a goat path at 10,000 feet with an approaching tornado.  The second was just as exciting!  I got to meet one of the returning High …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/08/03/2-exciting-high-points-from-the-rockies/