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Start a Passion-Based Project

Take the first step in a Passion Based Project. This isn’t just about identifying what you want to study in college.  The Find Your Passion journey sets you on the path of an Odyssey to meet the people you want to work with in the future, the problems you want to spend you time solving, and the skills you need to become part of solutions now.  The STEM Leadership Center is excited to bring you to four sessions of Find Your Passion that will help you find Science, Engineering, and Technology problems that lead to real careers.

Cost is $40 for the month.

Thursdays in April

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

at the Baden Academy Stem Leadership Center

Questions: Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at 724-266-1498 or drellen@growageneration

Register online at:

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Join us Mar 30 for Underwater Robotics

2019 SeaPerch Competition

The STEM Leadership Center is excited to bring you to this years SeaPerch Competition on Saturday March 30th, 2019. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program. Teams have used limited resources of PVC pipe and underwater motors to create underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to complete this challenge. The event will be held at West Mifflin High School. Please pack a lunch, snack, and a water for the day.

Contact Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at 724-266-1498 or drellen@growageneration with any questions.

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Saturday March 30th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Departing and Arriving at Baden Academy

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Come Build a Bridge

Charlie and Mohammed will be representing the STEM Leadership Center at the Rochester STEAM walk this Thursday, March 14 (Pi Day!!).

Charlie is an extraordinary young man who began with us at Baden Academy as a research fellow. With classmate Ava he created a thoroughly entertaining TED Talk on Collaboration and wrote a book Charlie the Seizure Response Dog (profits from which are share with Paws with a Cause and the Epilepsy Foundation.) Charlie is now at the Hopewell School district and began attending the STEM Leadership Center in the evening to explore new project.

His interests were in concrete and material strength. As we looked for the cutting edge of new technologies growing in this field, we saw many dealt with bridge construction, which led us further to literature about our failing infrastructure. The problem of failing roads and bridges resonating with Charlie and he began to conceive a new fellowship – “Bridge Builders of Tomorrow.”

He was soon joined by Mohammed, a student from Aliquippa, who shared not only his fascination for bridges but added new investigations into the new piezioelectric sensors that are being used to remotely measure mechanical strain in the bridges.

The two have just begun their quest to learn more and seek out mentors locally and globally. They begun a website and have interrupted their research to encourage more local students to fall in love with bridge engineering. They will have a table at the Rochester STEAM Walk on Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 – 7:30.

If you have a child, grades 6-10, who seeks to bring a meaningful project to fruition, please set up a time to talk to us at the STEM Leadership Center. We are open Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm at Baden Academy. Register for a free orientation and tour!

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Three Fellows team up with “The Geologists” to solve the mystery of the Economy Borough Silver Mine

Three research fellows from Baden Academy Charter School wanted to learn more about the legends of silver mines at Economy Park in Beaver County. They read stories on the internet, had heard the ghost stories told about the mines, and were eager to learn if there could be any truth to the rumors about the existence of silver.

The three students—Anya Martin (grade 5), Charlotte Haggarty (grade 4), Ziva Schmitt (grade 4)—wanted to go on a quest to learn more, but they needed some mentors. Several science superheroes came to the rescue. Daniel Fisher, a senior level hydrogeologist, helped them understand more about the element of silver and why it is considered a precious metal. Jason Kronenwetter, the Principal Geologist at EnviroTrac, looked through maps and offered up important wisdom about area geology. David Bajek, the Senior Development Geologist at Chevron North America Exploration and Production, taught them how silver is formed in the earth. And Kristin Carter, the Assistant State Geologist, sent maps and a team led by Brian Dunst and five interns from Bureau of Topographic & Geologic Survey to meet the three students at Economy Park to look for evidence of previous mines.

Wait until you see what they found! Get your copy today and celebrate local history, the quest for scientific truth, and the love of geology. Profits from the sale of the book go to the Geological Society of America Foundation.

To purchase the book, please visit

The girls will be doing several public book signings:

Saturday, March 9: The Vicary Mansion / Beaver County Historical Society
1235 3rd Ave, Freedom, PA 15042
Open to the public, from 1:30—3:00 pm. Please stay for the tours of the Vicary Mansion, at 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm!

Saturday, May 4: Old Economy Village
270 Sixteenth St, Ambridge, PA 15003
Open to the public, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Enjoy Hands-On History Days at this historic 19th century village.

Thursday, May 30: STEM Family Night at Baden Academy
1016 W. State Street Baden PA 15005
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Anya, Charlotte and Ziva would be thrilled to visit your classroom, library, or community event to share their story and read their book aloud. Please contact Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at Grow a Generation for information.

If you have a child, grades 6-10, who seeks to bring a meaningful project to fruition, please set up a time to talk to us at the STEM Leadership Center. We are open Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm at Baden Academy.

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Robotics and Programming Merit Badges at the STEM Leadership Center

Four Wednesdays, March 6-27, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The STEM Leadership Center is hosting a one month long program for local scouts to earn their Robotics or their Programming Merit Badges.  The class will run four Wednesdays, March 6-27, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  

at 1016 W. State Street Baden, PA 15005

And, of course, all area 6th-10th graders are invited to the STEM Leadership Center to discover custom made opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We will help you find the problems in the world you most want to solve and discover meaningful projects to work to solve them! Call today to help choose the perfect program for your child.

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MG Kids About Town

Hoby, Carmine and Anthony with Chef Jason at Biba and Honour, Gianna and Kathryn with Chemistry Professor Dr. Rodney Austin at Geneva College.

The MG (Molecular Gastronomy) Kids were busy with two different field trips this week! The 6th grade boys traveled to Beaver to learn all about Panna Cotta and the science of milk products with Chef Jason at Biba. The 3rd grade girls traveled to Geneva College to learn about the chemistry and reactions in the bubbling sourdough starter.

While it will be one or two months before the episodes they filmed are edited and up on their website, I encourage you to go out to and enjoy some past episodes, letting the kids know through likes and comments which are your favorites. They particularly want to know if their episodes can help you teach science and inspire other kids.

This project is a fellowship at Baden Academy Charter School, where enrolled 3rd-6th graders can apply to the media lab for a research fellowship in a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Leadership fellowships.

Do you have a child not at Baden Academy who wants to partner with mentors around the globe and create meaningful projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? Call today for a free tour of STEM Leadership Center on Wednesday and Thursday nights at Baden Academy. The program is open to 6th to 10th graders.

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Winter Weather Closing

STEM Leadership Center at Baden Academy


January 30 and 31

WINTER WEATHER CLOSING: January 30 and 31 we are following area educational protocols by closing our STEM Leadership Center Brick and Mortar doors – but we will meet online. All currently enrolled students will receive a link to log in at 5:55 pm both evenings. We hope to see you then.

Looking to enroll in this amazing program? Visit

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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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