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Future Roboticists Needed!

Baden Academy Media Lab
1016 W. State Street
Baden, PA 15005

Do you want to join a Robotics Revolution in Beaver County? We are assembling a team to learn the programming and engineering in the exciting field of robotics. Our students will be preparing to compete in the Olympics of robotics competitions, the FIRST Robotics Competition. 6th-10th graders are welcome. Space is limited.

Come join us for this new program at the STEM Leadership Center (at our new location!)

Sign up today for a free hour and discover more about the programs.
Online Registration Link
Or call to register by phone: 724-266-1498

Open to Grade 6 to 10
Robotics Revolution programs on Wednesday evenings
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Beginner
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Intermediate/Advanced
Find Your Passion Engineering / Technology
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Find Your Passion
Cost is $90 each month for access to one program
Payments are due monthly.

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Join Matthew the Waterdrop on his Journey to the Baden Academy Water Fountain

Enjoy the newly produced video of our Sustainable Water Team.  They toured the Ambridge Water Authority Plant and did a great job putting together all the details, the photos, and even the special effects.  This is a labor of love for 4th graders Matthew, Noah, and Sydney with a lot of extra lab time.

There is also an accompanying career worksheet and an optional STEM Lesson plan

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Four Amazing Future Engineers visit Swindell Dressler

Leah Saracco, Cherish Erb-White, Alyssa Westrom, and Kennedy Johnson Baden Academy Future Engineers

The four leaders of our Future Engineers afterschool club and the authors of the upcoming book “Wings to the Sun” took the afternoon to tour the amazing Swindell Dressler.  They were there to learn more about the kilns that fire ceramics.

They have inherited our media labs love of ceramics!  Their book was inspired by the new technology developed by HRL Labs, a new resin that can be printed as a ceramic, and fired in a kiln to make it one of the robust ceramics made.

The tour was hosted by CEO Don Buzinski and Technical Sales Manager Garrett Sullivan.  The girls began in the conference room where they discovered the immensity of the kilns that Sindell Dressler builds, some as large as football fields.  The technology and chemistry needed are incredible.  The tour included the CAD designs of the kiln constructions, the complexity of the computer controls tied into the gas and temperature sensors, the materials needed to line the kiln, even the sophistication of testing until equipment specifications were established.

We are looking forward to seeing which pictures they choose for the book and how their new knowledge shapes the story line! Thank you Swindell Dressler.



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Black Friday Sale: Find Your Passion at the STEM Leadership Center

Sign up today at the STEM Leadership Center @ Prevention Network and Class Academy

or call 724-266-1498 to register over the phone.

Gift Certificates can be requested.

Expect to spend 4-6 hours with our expert guide Wyatt.  Complete the journey to receive your personalized ten page report that will finally provide the answer to the question people can’t stop asking, “What are you going to do after graduation?”

Find Your Passion turns career guidance on its head. Most “interest inventories” and “career tests” take into account a variety of personality traits and tell you the job that a lot of people with your same traits work in. A lot of us walk away uninspired, feeling misunderstood, or cemented into a future we are not passionate about.

These aren’t completely without merit.  Pennsylvania has just opened a magnificent portal  You can take a career assessment for free and explore in-demand fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture and Food Production, Bio Medical, Building and Construction, Business Services, Education, Energy, Health Care, Hospitality, Leisure, and Entertainment, Logistics and Transportation, Real Estate, Finance, and Insurance, and Wood, Wood Products, and Publishing.  [A side note on their site…  an in demand Advanced Manufacturing career is Mechatronics – both as a technician with an 18 month certificate or an engineer with a four year degree.  Despite that being one of the top three growing industries in Pittsburgh and one of the top needs, the PA site does not mention mechatronics at all as of this date].

As valuable as this resource and others like it are, we choose a different path!  We help you look for real problems in the world that need you to help solve them. Come with us to identify a major problem, challenge, and opportunity that faces our 21st-century world. Many of these don’t even pop up on your radar until you are heading into graduate school.

The PaSmart site, and others like it, create a great catalog of possibilities.  The students I work with find it either overwhelming or uninspiring.  We are designed as human beings to make a real difference in the world and the lives of others.  Stating future job possibilities as a display of potential education products and future work to pay for the student loans doesn’t often inspire the motivation needed to persevere in the hard work of earning the certificates and degrees. Passion is needed.

Don’t wait! Learn what types of projects, academic experiences, and mentors you need to seek out help solve the challenges you are most passionate about.

Fair warning – the problems we are introducing you to are in the Science, Engineering, and Technology. We want to open your mind to the real careers (like mechatronics!) that are waiting, to jobs that can help you pay for the student loans you will probably accumulate, to dreams of robotics, biomechanics, nanotechnology, or space, to tribes of enthusiastic problem solvers that help keep you motivated to make a meaningful difference in the world.

What you get for persevering through this fun journey to find your passion is a well scripted, meaningful answer to that proverbial question “What are you doing after graduation?” You’ll have an answer that leaves them speechless!

Come, Find Your Passion!


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Positions Open

Grow a Generation is one of the most unique adventures into STEM Education in the country! You’ll love our core values and curriculum.  Our approach partners students as young as 3rd grade through 12th grade with mentors from academic and professional STEM environments. They create websites, film YouTube episodes, write children’s books, and create video games that search for a meaningful purpose.  

Click on the Job Title for more information

STEM Education Project Manager
Evenings at Prevention Network and Class Academy

Do you want to inspire kids (grades 6-10) to create meaningful projects with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math?  We need a STEM Education Project Manager on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  Instructors typically work between 6-15 hours per week.   Additional hours are available to work from home or our office in Economy Borough.  This position is part-time.  Find out More

STEM Education Project Manager
Online Thursdays and Fridays from our Sewickley Office

Do you want to inspire kids (grades 3-12) to create meaningful projects with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math?  We need a STEM Education Project Manager on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm.  Additional hours are available to work from home or our office in Economy Borough.  This position is part-time.  Find out more


Questions can be directed to drellen “at”  Be bold! Apply with creativity (but follow instructions!)



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Our Coding Dojo at the STEM Leadership Center


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Come to the Grand Opening of the New Grow a Generation STEM Leadership Center!





Join us for our grand opening Thursday, November 1, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Prevention Network and Class Academy 270 Ohio River Blvd, Baden, PA 15005  (In the plaza with the Pizza Hut!)

Sign up for the Coding Lab or apply for an Odyssey Fellowship.  Students can drop in one day a week on either a Wednesday or Thursday evening. whenever they are available. We will track their progress and keep them on course in learning to code or pursuing their odyssey project.

The Coding Lab is open from 6 pm to 7 pm each Wednesday and Thursday to all area 6th-9th grade students from the area. Students will start with a foundational course and move onto their choice of robotics, game design, cyber security, web development or app design.  Access is purchased monthly for only $90.00.

The Odyssey Lab is open 7 pm to 8 pm each Wednesday and Thursday by invitation.  Odyssey Fellows work with a mentor for science or maker fair projects, STEM Competitions, the development of STEM websites and Youtube channels, or author a children’s book about a recent scientific innovation. Call today to help choose the perfect program for your child. Access to only the Odyssey Lab is available depending on fellowship contracts.

STEM (stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is leading the way in the new jobs made available to our kids.  Many, like robotics, offer students wonderful scholarship opportunities and a variety of career paths.   Dean Kamen, the founder of the international FIRST Robotics competitions and one of the worlds leading inventors, says “The only difference between our sport (Robotics) and all the others, is that every kid can turn pro.”

Our Leadership Centers gives your child a path of hands-on learning to become a STEM athlete.


Monthly Access
Wednesdays and Thursdays
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM   Coding Dojo
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM  Odyssey Fellows Lab

Click here to download the mail-in registration form
Click here for online registration


Check out videos of our Baden Academy and PA Distance Learning Fellows and Programs


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New Website and YouTube Fellowships at Baden Academy!


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New Book Projects by Research and Odyssey Fellows

Application season is always inspiring.  We have eight books that are in progress by 20 different student authors! I am SO EXCITED!


Including one book project from PA Distance!

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Sixth-grade research fellows to Share Bat Book at TWS conference

Sixth graders Kaitlyn Desrochers and Kennedi Emery were recently interviewed by The Wildlife Society about their new book, Bats in Danger.  The girls are planning to travel to Cleveland in a few weeks to attend their international conference.  They will share a table with John Hopkins University Press to make their book available and their mentor, Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, will be presenting research on a recent project.
Click the link to read the article, and please share on social media to let our community know how proud we are of their hard work.  Any profits from book sales go to Bat Conservation.

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