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.
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
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” growageneration.com. Be bold! Apply with creativity (but follow instructions!)
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.
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.
Join Baden Academy authors at the Beaver County BookFest, Saturday, September 8, anytime between 9 am and 4 pm. Come find us in the big tent, but don’t forget to look for the free children’s activities.
We are so proud of all of our authors! Come join us.
Research Fellow authors create books with leading scientists, academics, and professionals about 21st century scientific, engineering, and computational discoveries they are passionate about. They work hard. Very hard. Some books take two years of work with painstaking feedback on the drafts and artwork. Each book tells a meaningful story of science and inquiry. Each book benefits a worthy charity. Twenty have been published since we started the fellows program at Baden Academy. Examples include:
If you are looking for a meaningful project for your child, consider inviting Grow a Generation to work with your school, or contract us with your own research fellows project.
Five years ago, one of our first research fellows wanted to make the bus ride home even safer on the first days of school as everyone is trying to get to know our youngest, most vulnerable, bus riders. Owen Rossi-Keen sought out a mentor in logistics and partnered with FedEx to create the Baden Academy Dragon Tag System.
This year Baden Academy has grown to include a Dragon Tag to include every student in this cutting-edge student transportation safety feature.
What is a Dragon Tag? Let’s let Addy explain…
The reader is now in the gym, right where students leaving for the bus pass by. We can see on the TV in the gym and the monitor in the main office who is getting on the bus and if they are supposed to be a pickup. Addy does not describe the QR Code on the back of the tag. The QR Code contacts the database through any cell phone. With a password, we can quickly look up emergency contact information, bus information, and a student’s address.
The tags have changed shape and size
The kids (K-3) have the silhouette of our own “Blaze” dragon from the wall by the office. It is the symbol of someone under the care of a grand mama dragon, yet with wings to fly. We added a new design for the older kid’s tags with an Ouroboros dragon. It is a picture that dates back to ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Its name comes from οὐρά (oura), “tail” + βορά (bora), “food”, from βιβρώσκω (bibrōskō), “I eat”. It is a symbol of being creation and recreation. A symbol that apply represents the genesis of our Dragon Tags.
I am going to get a bit nerdy and admit a predisposed love of the Ouroboros dragon. It occurs in the discovery of the chemical structure of Benzene (a dangerous yet extraordinarily important chemical). The organic chemist August Kekulé described his eureka moment “The atoms were gamboling before my eyes. This time the smaller groups kept modestly in the background. My mental eye, rendered more acute by the repeated visions of the kind, could now distinguish larger structures of manifold conformation: long rows, sometimes more closely fitted together; all twining and twisting in snake-like motion. But look! What was that? One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes. As if by a flash of lightning I awoke; and this time also I spent the rest of the night in working out the consequences of the hypothesis.”
The process of creating these tags and the systems for reading them took a combined effort of hundreds of hours of our staff. We are thrilled to announce this is the first year we did not have to call FedEx to troubleshoot problems!!! Thank you Zack Cameron and Mat Davis, Ramona Sangermano and Chelsea Mason, Mr. Jake and Principal Jeffers! Thank you for all your hard work.
Programming and assembling the tags forces the whole school to concentrate on putting “Always Safe” at the forefront of our goals. The logistics and safety of our children is a priority. We are humbled by the responsibility and work hard to rise to the challenge and make it better every year.
Fellowship Applications are now being accepted at Grow a Generation and our partner schools. What meaningful project can you conceive?
Sign up today at https://isumtaq.teachable.com/p/find-your-passion/ for this online journey to Find Your Passion. 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 it’s 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.
Rather than basing a 20th century career recommendation on your personality score, 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.
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 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 perservering 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!
Bats in Danger tells the story of Brownie the Bat. Her friends are dying. While Brownie is a creation of 5th-grade authors, her plight is not. Kaitlyn Desrochers visited Mammoth Cave when she was in 3rd grade. She learned about the effects of white-nose syndrome on the bats and the images spurred her into action. She partnered with a classmate, Kennedi Emery, who had helped author the year before a book about Sr. Lyn’s Beehives. Kennedi volunteered to work with Kaitlyn and write a children’s book. They wanted their friends to know why we need to save the bats. The two went out in search of a mentor to help them
They discovered a scientist and biology professor, Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, at Penn State Beaver. She is one of Pennsylvania’s leading bat experts. Kaitlyn and Kennedi see her as a superhero. They worked together to craft the story of Brownie and the difficulties facing bats, particularly in Pennsylvania.
Dr. B was close to their elementary school, Baden Academy, so Kaitlyn and Kennedi visited. While they were there, they got to see first hand the techniques she used with electrophoretic gel to extract and study DNA. Her research may help her and other scientists determine where the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome will spread next.
After their visit, Kaitlyn and Kennedi worked to edit and illustrate draft after draft of the storybook with Dr. B’s help. They used a green screen and photographed a stuffed bat in a variety of poses to begin to illustrate the book. Bats in Danger help them raise awareness and funds. All profits go to Bat Conservation International.
You can buy the book through Lulu at https://bit.ly/2LvdJvk . Kaitlyn and Kennedi would be thrilled to visit your classroom, library, or community event to share their story and read aloud their book.
About Baden Academy Charter School This public charter school in Western PA works to inspire personal excellence. They cultivate the inherent gifts and talents present in all children by providing a curriculum which integrates the arts and sciences in a highly interactive, hands-on environment.
About Grow a Generation: Grow a Generation partners with schools, classrooms, and students to make meaningful projects possible.