• Two high school girls talking to teacher
  • High school kids takling to teacher
  • Kids raising hands in chemistry class
  • Closing at 4 pm on Aug. 12 and 18; closed Aug. 20 until 1 pm.

STEM Program 2015-2016

Act 48 Offerings

High School Teachers

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest (CRCC)

A spirited competition for students in grades 9-12. The CRCC fosters an interest in engineering by challenging students to create a machine that will accomplish a specific task using a series of steps. Students engage in a hands-on engineering and problem solving activity. Act 48 credit will be provided to teachers that attend the orientation and competition.

Orientation: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at Carnegie Science Center, 9 – 11:30 am, 2.5 hours

Competition: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 at Carnegie Science Center, 8 am – 3 pm, 7 hours

Contact: Lisa Kosick kosickl@carnegiesciencecenter.org or 412‑237‑1534

Visit chainreactioncontest.org for more information.

Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF)

A competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Students in grades 6-12 take on the challenge of designing, implementing and communicating an original experiment. Act 48 credit will be provided to teachers that attend workshops in the Fall or during PRSEF.

Fall Workshops: Oct. 14, Oct. 19 & Oct. 26, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, 1.5 hours

Event: Friday, April 1, 2016 at Carnegie Science Center, 10 – 11:30 am, 1.5 hours

Contact: Lisa Kosick kosickl@carnegiesciencecenter.org or 412‑237‑1534

Visit PRSEF for more information.

SciTech Days

SciTech events feature the growth areas of Pittsburgh: Biotechnology, IT, Robotics, Advanced Materials Processes, Environmental Technology, and Nanotechnology – and connect visitors with leading scientists and technologists in a fun, dynamic atmosphere. Choose a hands-on workshop, a large scale program and visit the interactive corporate and higher ed exhibits throughout the building. Act 48 will be provided to middle and high school teachers by attending SciTech Days, having students collect passport stamps at workshops and exhibits, and returning completed passport tear sheets.

Event dates: Nov. 5-6, 2015 and March 3-4, 2016 at Carnegie Science Center, 3 hours

Contact: Geri Baker bakerg@carnegiesciencecenter.org or 412‑237‑1552

Visit SciTech Days Passport for description and Act 48 application.

Visit SciTech Discovery Trek for program description and Act 48 application.

From Vision To Video:
SMASH JAM Digital Video Workshop

Looking for a classroom project to engage students in a creative way that links the arts and the sciences? Interested in using new media to tap students' verbal, artistic, and science skills? At the SMASH JAM Digital Video Workshop, you'll learn how to lead students through a process of conceptualizing, storyboarding, filming, and editing a video about a scientific concept. Join Carnegie Science Center and team up with other enthusiastic educators to explore the intersections between science and literacy. 6 hours.

Event Date: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 10 am – 4 pm

Contact: Alana Kulesa, Director of Strategic Education Initiatives, KulesaA@CarnegieScienceCenter.org or 412.237.1679