STEAM Learning Meetup
STEAM Learning Meetup

Formerly called Affinity Groups, Meet-Ups are free, open gatherings designed to address issues, share opportunities, and connect resources within the Remake Learning Network.

In Case You Missed It

  • ISA facilitated a great conversation around the intersection of Collaboration (a 21st Century Skill), and STEAM. Hopefully, those that attended found ways to “promote success of students by focusing on collaborative, problem solving skills.”
  • We also had a hands-on sample of ISA’s new curriculum, “Adventures on the ISA Express,” a K-2 Collaborative Problem-Solving Curriculum
    • Here, we examined the challenges children face when Collaborating. For example:
      • Fear
      • Learned Behavior
      • Critical Thinking
      • Less Time for Play
    • We also discussed ways in which educators can help reinforce Collaboration by instilling certain behaviors in K-2 learners, such as:
      • Helping
      • Listening
      • Sharing
      • Finding Solutions
    • Finally, the group discussed the importance of play, of child development, and of communities of practice as essential elements of student success. (These are just the highlights, folks.)
  • If you are interested in using the approach used at the Meetup, you can find the attached Activity Outline which ISA has graciously shared with us!

Don’t Miss Out

Care to diversify your meet up experience? Don’t miss out on these immediate and upcoming opportunities:

  • Early Learning at Montour: Join us for the launch of transformED West, with special guest, Pedro A. Rivera, Secretary of the PA Department of Education! March 11
  • Digital Learning with Digital Dream Labs: Join us to discuss common sense solutions to help make technology an asset in formal and informal settings. March 17
  • Stay tuned! Lunch & Learn with Sisters eSTEAM: Cultivating esteem through STEAM Learning. End of May

Because we had such an engrossing conversation, there are fewer updates from this meet up. If you were inspired and remembered something you just can’t wait to share, you are very welcome to let me know, and post it to the Remake Learning Calendar.

And Now for the Updates!

  • What’s Up at The Sprout Fund?
    • Change Machine: Under 18? Apply for a $500 Change Machine Project!
    • Remake Learning Days: A week-long celebration of innovations in learning in the Pittsburgh Region! Submit your Events and Commitments in 2016 on the website, or email me for more information. Share the love with #RemakeDays
    • Badge-Enabled Playlists & Pathways: Apply to support cross-disciplinary, badge-enabled learning pathways during the academic year 2016-17. Deadline is April 8th!
    • Learn PGH: Stay tuned this March for more information about digital badging in Pittsburgh this summer. Join the mailing list to ease your mind at .
  • Spring Learning Parties at Assemble!
    • March 9th: Circuit Circus!
    • April 13th: Environment
    • May 11th: Waves

Learning parties are free events open to curious learners of all ages. These are held at Assemble (5125 Penn Avenue, 15224), from 4-6pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Stop by for an explosion of learning as guest makers, artists, technologists, and scientists lead hands-on educational activities related to each month’s theme! Find out more at:

  • Youth Leading Workshops at CLP!
    • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is working on some summer program “intensives” for youth at the weekly Labs sites. They are hoping to pay teens for leading workshops, and they want to connect with some teens who are ready for some leadership opportunities from other youth-serving Maker & STEAM based sites around town. Connect with Corey Wittig for more information!

Any other events or opportunities are more than welcome to post on our public calendar at

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STEAM Meetup with ISA Learning, Inc. was last modified: March 1st, 2016 by Arielle Evans