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Category: 21st century skills

Can you 3D print a bump fire stock?

Maybe you can’t 3D print a bump fire stock, but it is possible.  I work with kids, as young as 3rd grade, who are learning to find designs (for example chess pieces) online, edit them in AutoDesk and TinkerCad, and upload them to print in a 3D printer.  The STL file (think of it as …

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Motivating a Teenage Boy

The Game Design class ended on a Friday with the team pleading for more time to finish the game on their own until it was posted. The challenge was accepted and I gave them a new deadline of the following Wednesday if they wanted to work on their own.  And work they did! Over 30 …

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Find Your Passion Winter Overnight

This overnight experience is perfect for High School students in grades 10, 11 or 12 seeking to choose a college, career path, and degree program.  It is also a good opportunity for college freshman and sophomore to explore their degree choices before they switch their major.     Find Your Passion takes a very different …

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Setting Resolutions: Questions to Ponder

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Hackathons

Make new friends.  Play with tech.  Earn some sweet prizes. Sign me up! Is your high school or college student looking for a great opportunity to do something meaningful? Look for a local Hackathon and gather a team to attend (the Pittsburgh area has the Mylan Hackathon, CMU Hack-A-Startup, Pitt Mobile App Challenge, Steel City Codefest , and the Verizon …

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“This is Why They Invented Swear Words!”

Searching for mentors is a great way to meet truly generous people around the globe. Gavin, an eleven year old research fellow at Baden Academy, got lucky this year with a whole team from Australia that is helping him write his book on the Little Blue Penguins of North Sydney Harbour.  The team included scientists, …

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2014 Highlights for Grow a Generation

From 2 Kitty Whisperers speaking at a law conference to students serving aboard the Orion Spacecraft as virtual crew members, it was an eventful year for Grow a Generation. Here’s a selection of 2014’s highlights   AUTHORS 5th grade author and animal advocate Veronica was nominated by the ASPCA for the Humane Kid of the …

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Hour of Code
Coming to a Library, School, or Computer Near You!

Code.org created something ingenious. The plethora of learn it yourself fun game-like software design programs have created this bite-sized introductions and made it available for free on their website the week of December 8-14. How do you take part? Librarians from Beaver County attended an inservice last week and learned all about Scratch Programming – …

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Two Fifth Graders + Free Roaming Cats = A World Changed for the Better

Two young girls who call themselves the Kitty Whisperers will premiere their documentary of the Colony Cats of Washington County at the Companion Animals and the Law Conference at the Duquesne Law School on November 8. The extraordinary story of how this video came to be made and the work of these two girls are …

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Celebrating Women in STEM: Sheryl Sandberg

Forbes recently published the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Follow me the next few weeks to be inspired by the STEM Athletes who made the list.  Sheryl Sandberg According to Forbes Sheryl is the COO of Facebook Net Worth is $1 Billion Age 44 Source Of Wealth Facebook, Self Made Residence Atherton, CA Citizenship United States Marital Status Married Children 2 Education Bachelor …

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