Participating Vendors & Sponsors
"Terrapin offers tools for thinking including the Bee-Bot, Blue-Bot, and Pro-Bot robots and the Terrapin Logo programming environment. Terrapin products add excitement to the classroom and are fun for students while developing math, planning, logic, and reasoning skills."
"BirdBrain Technologies LLC is devoted to cultivating creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products that engage students & teachers in programming and robotics. BirdBrain is the maker of the Finch Robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit."
Inventionland Institute provides "hands-on, personalized project-based learning that teaches the real-world knowledge needed to succeed in the classroom and in life." Their "innovation framework is the creative environment that fosters better attendance, attitude, and achievement. At the Inventionland Institute, we believe in setting a new Standard of Innovation™"
"Fort Ligonier is a reconstructed and restored French and Indian War fort, in use, 1758-1766, with a separate modern museum facility. The Education Department has designed special programs for groups of ten or more to enhance the existing school curriculum in Pennsylvania history for the time period of the French and Indian War. Programs can be adapted to meet the needs of individual grades and classes."
"Kandoolu, a product of OnHand Schools, is an easy to use app that gives teachers real-time feedback on student understanding and suggests targeted resources for each child. By infusing quality Math assessments & resources with mobile technology, teachers are able to engage students in ways that make them want to explore and learn."
Thank You Kandoolu for sponsoring the conference lanyards!
"IU8's mission is to be a leader in educational partnerships with its customers—the school districts and their students—by offering a broad range of quality educational, technological and support services through continuous innovation."
Remake Learning is a network that ignites engaging, relevant, and equitable learning practices in support of young people navigating rapid social and technological change. When learning is engaging, learners have the time, resources, support, environment, and encouragement to be active problem-solvers, creators, innovators, advocates, and citizens. When learning is relevant, it resonates today with a learner’s interests, culture, context, community, identity, abilities, and experiences, while allowing room for exposure and growth. It also prepares learners for the future, in which interdisciplinary skills like creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration will be increasingly salient. When learning is equitable, more supports and opportunities are afforded to those of greatest need.
"EverFi brings cutting-edge digital learning on critical skills to the communities and people you care about. Our unique model brings private sector leaders, forward-leaning foundations and non-profits into the education innovation movement."
Art Expression, Inc. is a charitable organization that was founded by James and Angela Lowden in 2001 as an expression of their passion for alleviating the social inequalities that exist among children of different abilities and backgrounds. It is a fully inclusive after-school program, offered free of charge to students, that focuses on developing the social skills of children through the arts in the Pittsburgh area. Art Expression's mission is to facilitate positive socialization through expressive art activities and provide academic enrichment in an inclusive educational environment.
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"The Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve (WPNR) is a 50-acre reserve at Saint Vincent College. The Nature Reserve, nestled between the busy Route 30 corridor and Route 981 in Latrobe, PA, is a beautiful recreation area filled with more than two miles of trails, native plantings, an Environmental Learning Barn, the Historic Lochry Blockhouse and much more."
"PLDC uses customization, innovation and collaboration to help organizations implement the most effective contemporary leadership practices.Leveraging professional learning to inspire, support and influence leaders in education!"
"BoXZY combines a 3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC mill into one desktop makerspace. Two brothers created BoXZY to free makers, engineers, students, and hackers from the burden of location and the constraints of time. The company focuses on creating devices that give everyone access to production-level tools in their homes, offices, and schools."
Creation Labs is a new Pittsburgh makerspace with access to the software and equipment you need to ideate, develop and fabricate. Our community-based digital learning environment, welcomes entrepreneurs, developers, robotic teams, makers, teachers and students to learn, explore, experiment and create.
"The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Center for Innovation and Creativity in Education is designed to provide a learning environment for students, teachers and administrators to experience state of the art spaces, tools and processes. Each element of the center provides a high level of flexibility and can be utilized in a variety of instructional environments."
"For more than a decade, Intermediate Unit 1’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center has fostered a dynamic partnership between local school districts, institutions of higher education, and the foundation community. We continue to roll-out best practice K–12 STEM programs, and we are committed to providing graduate level courses for educators, implementing research based curricula, and offering summer camps for students."
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, located on the vibrant campus of Saint Vincent College in beautiful Latrobe, PA, is a professional, Actors Equity theatre that produces three or four shows each year. The Summer Threatre program is currently preparing for its 50th season.
Transforming Education Through Technology
"At Eduspire Solutions, we develop software to support personalized learning. Designed by educators for educators, our web-based applications streamline and enhance classroom scheduling of student activities. Cultivate an environment of voice and choice while alleviating the administrative burdens related to managing activities, attendance data, and remediation."
"The Mass Cusomized Learnining Mid-Atlantic Consortium is a community of educational leaders that wants to transform education away from the traditional industrial age model to a system of customization of learning. Schools across the United States are successfully implementing the principles of Mass Custimized Learning with exciting inspiring results."
"The Bearcat B.E.S.T. program was born of the need, expressed by parents of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for transition programming that would focus on the needs of young adults who, while they may not have the aptitude for post-secondary education, could achieve, with appropriate transition programming, a greater level of independence than a sheltered workshop would provide them."