Programs of the STEM Center

i5 Digital Video Competition

Deadline for entries: March 31, 2013
Awards ceremony: April 25, 2013

A digital video competition for middle and high school students on the impact of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their lives – namely:

  • innovations
  • issues
  • individuals
  • inspiring careers
  • incredible income potential

Resources are available to help students get started. Videos should be five minutes or less. All participants will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Science Center on April 25; all films will be showcased at the Rangos Omnimax Theater. Call 412.237.1552 or visit for details.

ChemFest – National Chemistry Week

More than 1,700 students explore activity booths provided by companies and organizations to help students explore basic and applied chemistry.

SciTech Days

Serving 6,000+ middle and high school students and teachers annually, connecting students to real world scientists and engineers from more than 40 companies and universities through a wide range of hands-on experiences.

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest

A high school competition involving teams from 30 schools engaged in an engineering task to develop a machine to solve a real world problem and present the solution to a team of judges for evaluation.

Future City Competition

Middle school students use SimCity software to design a city of the future that addresses a specific urban challenge.

National Engineers Week

Nearly 1,000 students explore activity booths sponsored by various universities, technology companies, and professional organizations that demonstrate all types of engineering.

Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF)

More than 1,000 6th – 12th graders compete for over $1 million in cash and scholarships.

An online community of girls ages 11 – 17 featuring programs, scholarships, virtual mentoring, girl blogs, homework help, research, and more. Sections for mentors, teachers and stakeholders interested in gender equity are included. The site has 12,500 members to date. Recipient of the 2009 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience from the Association of Science and Technology Centers.

Tour Your Future

A program originally created to introduce girls to a diverse range of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math with female STEM professionals at a research or industry site in the Pittsburgh region. More than 160 girls have participated to date.


A resource for teen girls that connects them to science in a way that captures their imagination and cultivates their long-term interest in science as a career. Available in middle school libraries and community libraries throughout the US, this kit includes CDs on STEM topics that feature profiles of female role models, activities, information on scholarships, and more.

Can*TEEN Online

Takes the CD kit to an online community for girls. Expected to roll out in 2011, Can*TEEN online will enable girls to navigate each STEM discipline and participate in activities with the help of virtual hosts – avatars, each with unique personalities and interests and with whom girls can identify on a personal level.

Click! - Urban Science Adventure

A six-day camp, for middle school girls that uses a "Charlie's Angels" meets reality TV setting for a science adventure. More than 280 girls have participated to date and CSC was one of only 10 winners out of 800 applications (from 32 countries) of the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition to take this camp experience online.

Science Connections

A program connecting local corporations and their science professionals with local classrooms to explore STEM careers. Groups of student representatives are selected from area schools, and are partnered with STEM professionals from local corporations. Students visit the corporations, and spend time exploring careers with their professional mentors. Then the professional and the student team make a presentation at the school covering what they have learned.

Science on the Road

Science on the Road targets students in grades K-8, combining high-energy, participatory assembly programs that feature videos of real scientists with inquiry-based activities that reinforce and expand the concepts presented in the assembly. Other aspects of the program include teacher training, pre- and post-visit activities, and in-depth classroom workshops. All programs anchor state academic standards and introduce students to career options in science and technology fields.

PNC Grow Up Great with Science

Carnegie Science Center is currently working with 137 Head Start classrooms in Pittsburgh and Westmoreland County to provide teachers with the knowledge, confidence, and resources that they need to nurture a love and excitement for science in children 3-5 years old. Carnegie Science Center provides teacher professional development, classroom programs, family science nights, and curriculum with materials to all of the 137 classrooms.