“Assemble, a community space for arts and technology in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, is a learning space with a dynamic identity: a makerspace, hands-on art gallery, and place for summer camp and afterschool, all in one. The space can adapt to different needs—all the furniture and interior walls are movable. Student work is pinned and posted to free surfaces to celebrate diverse perspectives and remind learners what can be done in the space. And Assemble’s glass facade allows students to see others like them learning and experimenting.”
From Space to Learn, Ideas and inspiration for transforming learning space, A Root + All project
The publication shares insights drawn from leading thinkers in the fields of design and architecture, as well as lessons learned by members of the Remake Learning network who have redesigned their classrooms and learning spaces in ways large and small.
Assemble presents opportunities for hands-on learning for all ages during classes, workshops, learning parties and more. Educational programs are led by local experts in the fields of art, architecture, design, technology and the sciences who present their research areas in engaging and innovative ways. Assemble’s classes and workshops are led by a team of educators who are experienced artists and technologists. Educators are supported by qualified high school and college-aged volunteers. Educators and volunteers have all necessary clearances to work with children. Classes and workshops at Assemble typically have a 10:1 student to educator ratio.
Assemble’s educational programs promote connected learning through peer-to-peer education during activities that relate to multiple academic disciplines and activate a diverse set of learning skills. Classes and workshops relate to STEAM curriculum and support development of 21st Century Skills. Educational programs at Assemble inspire the whole community by inviting experts to become educators and everyone to become learners.