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Category: Leadership

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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Learning Leadership with a Chess Club

I received an email earlier this year from one of the first Baden Academy Research Fellows. She is attending a great high school in another state and went to show off the great work she had done starting a chess club at Baden Academy. Oh no! Her information from the chess club site was gone! …

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Celebrating STEM in a K-6 school

Our company, Grow a Generation, has had the distinct pleasure to contract with a wonderful public charter school in Western Pennsylvania for the last seven years. We provide research fellowships to teams of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders as they develop meaningful projects using science, technology, engineering and math. This week we celebrate our …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/05/26/celebrating-stem-in-a-k-6-school/

Student written Opioid Book to be featured at county Drug Prevention Night

Baden Academy students Quincy Sirko, Angelina Dioguardi and Clayton Russell will be on hand with their new book, “What the Heck is Opioid Addiction.” at the BVIU Drug Prevention Grant – Parent Night. Please come support them, and find out what you, as a parent, can do to help end this epidemic. Our students’ book can …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2018/05/09/student-written-opioid-book-to-be-featured-at-county-drug-prevention-night/

The Power of a Mentor

The week before school started I was hunched over a computer screen with Paul Flick, a wonderful FedEx programmer, volunteering time to talk me through trying to change scripts in computer batch files to try to get our Dragon Tag system working. “I ran the file, NOW I get the message Error:  Invalid or corrupt …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2017/10/30/the-power-of-a-mentor/

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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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2017/10/08/can-you-3d-print-a-bump-fire-stock/

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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Aleenia on the Frontiers in Learning

The Media Lab hosted Chris Shovlin today from Radio Show and Podcast Frontiers in Learning. He interviewed Aleenia and Dr. Ellen about the Take Action club and Aleenia’s heartfelt commitment to raise awareness about the vulnerable and recruit a team to support, fundraise, advocate, and together shift the world from “me” to “we.”   Did you …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2017/04/25/aleenia-on-the-frontiers-in-learning/

Aleenia Reich – Youth Champion

Aleenia Reich, Research Fellow and leader of the Baden Academy Take Action club has received the 2017 Youth Champion award from the Pennsylvania Statewide Youth Development Network. She is a personal hero and I am so proud of her! I nominated her a few months ago with the following:  Aleenia is an extraordinary young woman …

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Really? You can borrow puppets at the Library?

Really?  You can borrow puppets? On January 11, seven 5th grade families joined Mrs. Breaden and Mrs. Houston for a tour of the Baden Memorial Library. This evening was part of an ongoing research fellowship of Mrs. Taylor Breaden.  Her fellowship partners Baden Academy with Baden Library.     Kids and adults who did not already …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2017/01/19/really-you-can-borrow-puppets-at-the-library/