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December 23, 2014

There’s an App for That: Assemble’s After School Programs Help Kids Understand Their Digital World

Pittsburgh, PA: “Assemble Afterschool” (http://assemblepgh.org/programs/assemble-after-school/) harnesses kids’ interest in mobile phone apps and social media, transforming them from passive users of technology into makers who build and create with it.  The program, open to youth in 4th – 8th grade, will be offered from 4:00-6:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning on January 6, 2015.

The lead Assemble Afterschool instructor, Julia Brown, was trained by Remake Learning’s Digital Corps program, an initiative of the Sprout Fund.  Students in the program will use tools like App Inventor, developed by MIT Media Lab so kids can make mobile phone apps, and Hummingbird, an introductory robotics kit designed at CMU.  The program will also focus on hands-on making with power tools and digital fabrication methods like 3-D printing.  Assemble Afterschool “lets me do more things here that we don’t do at school and lets me show my creativity.” (Veronica, 8th grade, Assemble Afterschooler)

Assemble believes in the power of hands-on making to transform both education and children’s lives. Because Assemble believes that everyone should have access to 21st century skills, the program tuition will be offered on a sliding scale.  The program will be limited to 15 students to ensure a low student-teacher ratio.  For more information or to set up an interview, contact Nina Barbuto, Founder of Assemble, at nina@assemblepgh.org or 412.254.4230.

About Assemble:  Assemble unites artists, technologists, and makers with Pittsburghers of all demographics by providing a platform for experiential learning, opening creative processes, and building confidence through making.  Assemble hosts classes focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) principles, interactive gallery shows, and learning parties, both in its space and at events throughout Pittsburgh. Assemble is located at 5125 Penn Avenue in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

About the Lead Instructor: Julia Brown is an experienced Assemble instructor who also taught Assemble Afterschool last semester.  She has also completed the Remake Learning Digital Corps training program.  She will be assisted during the semester by guest teachers who are practicing scientists, artists, and technologists.

Media Contact: Nina Barbuto, Founder of Assemble, nina@assemblepgh.org, 412-254-4230.

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