Winter 2019
Science Impact - Carnegie Science Center
Welcome to our new digital format for Science Impact, a biannual newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on the news and achievements of Carnegie Science Center. In this issue, we highlight the global impact that our STEM programs achieved in 2018 and set our sights on an exciting 2019. Read more in this letter from Interim Director Jason Brown. opens in a new window

Fab Lab educators have busy summer in Europe

The stellar reputation of Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center is growing and landed our team an invitation to present in Europe. Liz Whitewolf, the Science Center’s Director of Science and Education, and Jon Doctorick, Technical and Education Manager of Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, shared their knowledge about digital fabrication laboratories abroad this summer. Whitewolf was invited to present at Fab Lab Bootcamp Portugal at Lab Aberto in Torres Verdas, and she and Doctorick presented at the Fab14 Conference in Toulouse, France. Read More About Fab Lab Educators opens in a new window


Jon Doctorick, Technical and Education Manager of Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, runs a workshop in France. Liz Whitewolf, Carnegie Science Center Director of Science and Education, at right, meets with Portuguese official Maria Fernanda Rollo.

Partner Spotlight

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, is a longtime partner of Carnegie Science Center and has a close association with one of its most popular attractions. Read More About Highmark opens in a new window

Program Spotlight

ChemFest shows ‘Chemistry Is Out of This World’

ChemFest at Carnegie Science Center is a catalyst for exciting young people about chemistry and a great way to celebrate National Chemistry Week (NCW). For the 20th year, the Science Center and the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are partnering to provide dozens of hands-on chemistry activities for students on field trips and for families.
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Carnegie Science Center Awards

Carnegie Science Awards celebrate regional innovators

The Carnegie Science Awards program honors and celebrates the innovators whose outstanding science and technology achievements make western Pennsylvania great and inspire the next generation. The program culminates at the 23rd annual Carnegie Science Awards Celebration on Fri., May 10. Read more about Carnegie Science Awards opens in a new window


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Teachers from Bulgaria, U.S. learn together at the Science Center

The Science Center’s Teaching Excellence Academy, presented by Kennametal, brought 15 educators from Bulgaria, Pennsylvania and Florida together in July for its first International Institute for STEM Education and Advancement. Read More About International Institute opens in a new window

Jonathan Doctorick

The Incline recognizes educator in Who’s Next: Technology

Jon Doctorick, recently promoted to Technical and Education Manager at Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, was honored this summer by The Incline, a Pittsburgh news website, as one of 22 local leaders younger than 40 on its Who’s Next: Technology list. Read More About Who’s Next: Technology opens in a new window

Grants & Awards

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Highmark is continuing its title sponsorship of Highmark SportsWorks® for seven years with a $4.25 million grant.
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Duquesne Light Co.’s commitment of $675,000 over three years encompasses the new title sponsorship of the Duquesne Light Co. Center for STEM Education and Career Development and support for an annual Community Free Day at Carnegie Science Center.


An $80,000 grant from The Philip Chosky Charitable and Educational Foundation will support research and planning for the Science Center’s next major exhibition and optimal use of exhibit galleries.

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The EQT Foundation has donated $50,000 for sponsorship of Da Vinci The Exhibition, coming to the Science Center in February.

The John G. Rangos Sr. Charitable Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant for unrestricted support.

Science Center in the News

  • News coverage of the naming of the Duquesne Light Co. Center for STEM Education and Career Development included an article opens in a new window in the Pittsburgh Business Times and a KDKA Radio Afternoon News interview with Science Center Co-Director Ann Metzger.
  • Science magazine featured the new Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Classroom at Highmark SportsWorks® on its website opens in a new window.
  • Several local newspapers featured our Science on the Road team’s GSK Science in the Summer program, including the Beaver County Times opens in a new window. More news coverage of Science on the Road is available on its Facebook page opens in a new window.
  • Liz Whitewolf, Director of Science and Education, was interviewed on the KDKA Radio opens in a new window Afternoon News about the Science Center’s development of a STEM curriculum for Girl Up, a leadership initiative of the United Nations Foundation.
  • Every major news outlet in Pittsburgh covered the opening of the PPG SCIENCE PAVILION, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette opens in a new window.

Science News

New Discovery in Space

We want to leave you with some interesting news from beyond our solar system. New observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope show compelling evidence of an exomoon, a moon that exists in a solar system other than our own. If confirmed, this would be the first exomoon to be discovered. Read More About This News opens in a new window

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