STEM http://wesa.fm en Peduto Hosts Roundtable On Maker Movement http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-hosts-roundtable-maker-movement <p>President Barack Obama wants some advice from Pittsburgh’s “maker” community.</p><p>That’s why Mayor Bill Peduto hosted a roundtable Monday afternoon to discuss the achievements and future of the city's “Maker Movement,” which refers to using tools such as 3D printers and computer-aided designs to build everything from circuitry to jewelry.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:55:32 +0000 Jessica Nath 30626 at http://wesa.fm World Science Fair Coming To Pittsburgh Via Live Stream http://wesa.fm/post/world-science-fair-coming-pittsburgh-live-stream <p>The World Science Festival might be in New York City, but science enthusiasts can still take part without leaving Pittsburgh because Carnegie Science Center is live streaming two programs that align with its mission.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 29742 at http://wesa.fm High Schoolers Build Drones To Detect Gas Leaks, Measure Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/high-schoolers-build-drones-detect-gas-leaks-measure-air-quality <p>For the last two months, more than 20 students at Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside have been building drones.</p><p>Part of a cross-curricular project led by science department chair Graig Marx and computer science department chair David Nassar, students were divided into seven teams and tasked with building a “quadcopter” with the ability to measure, report and analyze natural gas levels.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:04:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 29320 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Touts STEM Funding in 2015-16 Budget Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-touts-stem-funding-2015-16-budget-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Tom Corbett was in Pittsburgh Monday, touring the Carnegie Science Center and touting his 2015-16&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">budget proposal, which he says includes funds mean to boost student achievement in STEM fields.</span></p><p>“It’s vital to make sure that every child today … has a full productive life for tomorrow, and (is) being exposed to science, technology, engineering, and math,” Corbett said.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:18:56 +0000 Liz Reid 27955 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Touts STEM Funding in 2015-16 Budget Proposal Area Middle School Students Imagine the Future of Transporation http://wesa.fm/post/area-middle-school-students-imagine-future-transporation <p>Students from three dozen middle schools across the region gathered at Carnegie Music Hall Saturday for Pittsburgh’s 15<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://futurecity.org/">Future City</a> competition.</p><p>Coordinated by the Carnegie Science Center, the competition challenges students to imagine and build the cities of the future.</p><p>Linda Ortenzo, director of STEM programs at the science center, said getting to the actual competition is a semester-long process.</p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:50:20 +0000 Liz Reid 23047 at http://wesa.fm Area Middle School Students Imagine the Future of Transporation New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test http://wesa.fm/post/new-ged-exam-puts-students-and-educators-test <p>The stereotypes about adults seeking GED certification can be ugly and simplistic. But the reality is that many lack a high school diploma for reasons largely outside their control: health problems, family issues and immigration status, just to name a few.</p><p>Some, like Rebekah&nbsp;Petrakovits, were home-schooled without proper oversight from school officials who were supposed to monitor their progress.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:03:49 +0000 Josh Raulerson 21493 at http://wesa.fm New GED Exam Puts Students and Educators to the Test Student Summit to Teach High Schoolers About Energy Production http://wesa.fm/post/student-summit-teach-high-schoolers-about-energy-production <p>As new options for energy production become available, it&#39;s increasingly important for informed decision-making by the public regarding energy production.</p><p>The Carnegie Science Center&rsquo;s Chevron Center for STEM education and career development will host high school students from across the region Friday to educate them in a wide variety of technologies used for energy production.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:45:12 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 17809 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Manufacturing With Rebecca Harris http://wesa.fm/post/business-manufacturing-rebecca-harris-0 <p>The resurgent manufacturing sector has been a boon in America’s struggling economy, but women are being left out of the action. In her second segment on the upswing in manufacturing jobs in the US, business contributor <strong>Rebecca Harris</strong> talks about the way that the new world of manufacturing is keying off of cutting edge innovation to create jobs. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:19:46 +0000 John Lavanga 13220 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Manufacturing With Rebecca Harris $500K in Grants to Pittsburgh Area Schools to Engage Students in STEAM http://wesa.fm/post/500k-grants-pittsburgh-area-schools-engage-students-steam <p>Twenty-five school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania are receiving grants of $20,000 apiece to create digital learning spaces for students of all ages.&nbsp;</p><p>“My heart was filled with joy,” said Rosanne Javorsky, assistant executive director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, reacting to the 80 proposals for grants to create innovative spaces to engage students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).</p><p>The AIU’s Center for Creativity is distributing the grants, which are funded by the Benedum and Grable Foundations.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 10834 at http://wesa.fm In Pittsburgh Visit, NOW President Encourages Women to Pursue STEM Fields http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-visit-now-president-encourages-women-pursue-stem-fields <p>Terry O’ Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to tour STEM education facilities at Community College of Allegheny County, deliver a speech and participate in a panel discussion with women who work in STEM-related fields.</p><p>O’Neill said STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is important not just for women but also for the competitiveness of the country.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:17:12 +0000 Erika Beras 4171 at http://wesa.fm