Of Interest: Partnerships in Pittsburgh

Educause Review Online recently published this piece about collaborative learning innovation and research by an interdisciplinary working group in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s Education Innovation Cluster brings the region’s many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research labs and “formal and informal learning environments” together with its philanthropy and entrepreneurial communities, through forward-thinking use of technology and digital media tools.

This part stands out:

Inspiring Creativity and Raising the Next Generation of Makers

Pittsburgh is home to an emerging community of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) makers, tinkerers, inventors, and innovators of all ages. In and out of schools, makers combine physical and digital skills from science and engineering, technology and media, crafting, and the arts to learn how to work together to reshape the world around them.

MAKESHOP is a space for hands-on building and tinkering with old and new technologies, exciting projects and cutting-edge media and is the newest permanent exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Working alongside crafters, hackers, and inventors, kids in the MAKESHOP can toy around with materials like wood, textiles, and electronics and learn creative processes like animation and printmaking.

Developed in partnership with Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE), MAKESHOP benefits from ongoing stewardship from museum director Jane Werner and learning scientists like research fellow Lisa Brahms.

8th Day Project Teams are watching this organization, with interest.

Read more about Pittsburgh’s Education Innovation Cluster: Pittsburgh: Forging a 21st Century Learning Community

July 18th Salon — Reading Materials

Hi everyone —

This week’s salon will be a reading discussion based on excerpts from Martha Nussbaum’s Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. Nussbaum’s book provokes valuable questions around the challenges involved in institutional restructuring and the quantification of degree programs, and how we adequately  (or inadequately) account for “intangibles,” like critical thinking and moral imagination. There are two excerpts of Nussbaum’s book to look at: chapters one and five, and chapter six. The chapters are very short and readable; please click on the chapter links to download the respective PDFs.