In Schools

Since 2009, the Center for Creativity at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit has provided STEAM Grants to help more than 140 schools in the Pittsburgh region transform classrooms and implement innovative curricula.

Integrating science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics, STEAM learning encourages cross-curricular creativity, contextual thinking, collaborative problem solving, and other aptitudes critical to college and career readiness.

Totaling more than $2 million of support, STEAM Grants enable schools to design and implement creative learning programs that challenge students to develop and use 21st century skills.

Learn more about STEAM Grants

At Museums & Libraries

Pittsburgh was one of the first cities in the nation to recognize the power of maker learning. In 2011, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh opened MAKESHOP, a space where kids and adults can work with real tools and materials to tinker and create the inventions of their dreams.

Providing hands-on opportunities for learners of all ages, MAKESHOP teaching artists offer, as well as Maker Bootcamp— a DIY professional development program of school teachers interested in bringing maker learning into the classroom.

Learn more about MAKESHOP

  • The Labs @ CLP connects teens’ interests, peer culture, and academics / photo: Ben Filio

    The Labs @ CLP

    Digital teen space for hanging out, messing around, and geeking out at the Carnegie Library
  • Questyinz


    Summer reading club connects young readers at county libraries and online
  • Youth Invasion at The Warhol / photo: Joey Kennedy

    Youth Invasion

    Teens take over the Warhol Museum showcasing their own take on contemporary art
  • An exhibit in the Avonworth Pittsburgh Galleries

    Avonworth Galleries

    Art show curated by kids with help from Pittsburgh's top museums
  • Can*TEEN

    CanTEEN – Career Exploration

    Carnegie Science Center inspires girls through STEM career exploration

In Communities & Online

The Remake Learning Digital Corps provides free workshops for youth at community centers and afterschool sites to help activate digital literacies during out-of-school time.

Partnering with community-based host sites in neighborhoods throughout greater Pittsburgh, Corps members act as digital literacy mentors and guide youth through collaborative learning projects using digital learning tools like Scratch, App Inventor, Mozilla Webmaker, and Hummingbird Robotics kits.

Since 2013, the Digital Corps has served more than 400 youth in 25 sites throughout Allegheny County.

Learn more about the Digital Corps

  • Learning Parties at Assemble / photo courtesy project


    Neighborhood space for building confidence through making
  • Computer Science Student Network


    Building robots, creating games, animating kids’ love for computer science
  • Message From Me / photo: Mark Rawlings

    Message From Me

    Interactive device, enhances parent & child communication
  • First Waves / Photo: Renee Rosensteel

    First Waves

    Combining outdoor recreation and riverbank clean up
  • Hear Me

    Hear Me

    Collecting authentic youth voices to advance social issues