Special Series: Learning Innovation http://wesa.fm en From Building Solar-Powered Mini-Cars to Creating Apps in the Classroom http://wesa.fm/post/building-solar-powered-mini-cars-creating-apps-classroom <p></p><p>Summer camp — it’s not just for kids anymore.&nbsp;</p><p>Teachers from around the Pittsburgh area and from as far away as Alabama this week attended the STEAM Innovation Summer Institute at South Fayette Intermediate School to learn how to embed robotics, computational thinking and game design into their curricula. &nbsp;</p><p>Amidst lights flashing &nbsp;and lots of beeps, elementary school teachers are playing with, or rather experimenting with, littleBits — tiny circuit boards engineered to snap together with magnets.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 33162 at http://wesa.fm From Building Solar-Powered Mini-Cars to Creating Apps in the Classroom From 'Pantry' to 'Kitchen': Transforming the Way Teens Use the Library http://wesa.fm/post/pantry-kitchen-transforming-way-teens-use-library <p>People often think of the library as a place to sit quietly while reading or studying.</p><p>But the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is challenging that stereotype by turning the library into a creative hub for teens.</p><p>It was the second week of June, and Pittsburgh Public Schools had been out of session for two days. And yet, half a dozen teenagers and pre-teens were sitting around a table, enthusiastically engaging in a lesson about ancient Egypt.</p><p>“What do we know about Egypt and why was it such a big deal?” asked Oliva Hric, museum educator with the Carnegie Library of Natural History. “Can you think of anything in the landscape that maybe would make Egypt a really great place to live?”</p><p>“Because they were on the Nile River they could have had a good water supply,” answered 12-year-old Jonathan Freeman, clearly familiar with the concept.</p><p>Freeman and the other teens weren’t at summer school; they were at The Labs at the Carnegie library’s East Liberty branch. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:45:11 +0000 Liz Reid 31504 at http://wesa.fm From 'Pantry' to 'Kitchen': Transforming the Way Teens Use the Library Going Beyond the Girls' School: Ellis Innovation Institute to Pilot, Research, Share Best Practices http://wesa.fm/post/going-beyond-girls-school-ellis-innovation-institute-pilot-research-share-best-practices <p>The Ellis School has launched the new Learning Innovation Institute to pilot, create and share innovative practices with the ultimate goal of improving learning outcomes for students and teaching outcomes for instructors.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:58:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30445 at http://wesa.fm How This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference For Kids On The Autism Spectrum http://wesa.fm/post/how-little-robot-could-make-big-difference-kids-autism-spectrum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethan </span>Welker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a 15-year-old freshman at the University School, a private college prep school in </span>Shadyside<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His mom Michele </span>Welker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he’s a smart and curious boy.</span></p><p>“Around the age of 7, he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum with Asperger’s,” Michele said. “(Asperger’s is) one of the higher functioning levels of the spectrum.” Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:13:39 +0000 Liz Reid 27893 at http://wesa.fm How This Little Robot Could Make A Big Difference For Kids On The Autism Spectrum Meet Caroline Combemale: Cyber Student, Teen Teacher and Lead Guitarist http://wesa.fm/post/meet-caroline-combemale-cyber-student-teen-teacher-and-lead-guitarist <p></p><p></p><p>Caroline Combemale moves to her own rhythm. She has been shaped by a loving family, a tenacious personality and a hunger for new experiences. But her life has also been shaped by hardship.</p><p>The 15-year-old grew up in Belgium and often lapses into hushed French when she talks to her mother Laura. When they moved to Pittsburgh, where Laura is originally from, Combemale (pronounced Coom-beh-mel) was in grade school. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 25067 at http://wesa.fm Meet Caroline Combemale: Cyber Student, Teen Teacher and Lead Guitarist From Homewood to Harrisburg, Childcare Providers Seek Resources http://wesa.fm/post/homewood-harrisburg-childcare-providers-seek-resources <p>Three-year-old Aubreaune stands behind an easel showing off her painting of a T-Rex.<br /><br />“It’s green and purple," she says. "It eats people. Roar!”<br /><br />She’s among a group of preschool-aged kids and childcare providers who gathered at the Homewood Early Learning Hub for play time on a recent Tuesday. Besides activities for the kids, providers and families use the center to find resources, and share best practices.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:47:15 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 21197 at http://wesa.fm From Homewood to Harrisburg, Childcare Providers Seek Resources