This weekend, 16 area middle and high school students will be brought together at the Carnegie Science Center for a Digital Video SMASH JAM Workshop. The project is in cooperation with “Pittsburgh City of Learning” which is part of “The Sprout Fund”. Across the nation various groups of students in various cities are taking part in this movement that uses community resources to promote learning past the school classroom. The projects take place in schools, museums, libraries, parks and community centers and allow youths to explore their interests, develop new skills and utilize what they have learned in real world situations while earning digital badges.
The project takes place at the Carnegie Science Center on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 as part of the National Science Foundation “Intersections Grant” that was awarded to the Science Center and the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. Over time, staff from the Science Center and the Writing Project came up with the concept for the video challenge that focuses on science and literacy. The Pittsburgh program is one of 10 grant recipients in the nation.
While participating in the free workshop, the sixteen students explore a scientific concept on such subjects as gravity, momentum or friction. Following this they select a genre for a film, develop a storyboard, film the digital footage on iPads while at the Science Center then edit the video short.
“The integration of curriculum is essential in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, and through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore how science and literacy intersect. Regardless of their video experience, all students will learn a tremendous amount, have a lot of fun, and make some great new friends in the process,” said Alana Kulesa, the Science Center’s Director of Strategic Education Initiatives. “It is our hope that by creating narratives using digital video technology, we are providing opportunities for learning new skills and knowledge in a dynamic new way.”
In each organization chosen nationwide for the grant the direction of the project is of their choosing. For example, the team in Charlotte, N.C. is focusing on tinkering and making while the team in Missoula, Montana is looking into the various aspects of urban archeology. On the home front, the Carnegie Science Center will be in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project to develop a Digital Video SMASH JAM Workshop for the Center’s mini-camp slated for July 16 & 17, 2015. The student workshop will be offered as well as an educator professional development workshop that follows the same model with dates to be announced in the future. Learn more at pghcityoflearning.org.
For more about the Science Center and its programs, visitCarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.3400.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.