The doors of our expansive 61,000-square-foot creative design facility were open once again as we ushered in 22 curriculum directors from 17 different Pittsburgh area school districts. Why is everyone so interested in seeing what goes on inside Inventionland?
Because we’re working to deliver the innovative tools, interactive resources and state-of-the-art course materials to prepare today’s students to immediately impact Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professional fields! The course material we’ve designed is said to help teachers tasked with unifying the varied disciplines of STEM education into classrooms.
To give regional educators who recently visited Inventionland an opportunity to sample the course material, we put them to work building their own prototype, an Inventionland pencil caddy crafted from laser-cut cardboard.
Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit One Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jenny Lent said the hands-on activity mirrored students’ typical experience with the Inventionland coursework.
“Teachers were hands-on getting experience in building a prototype using cardboard and [they] received preliminary information on student outcomes from our Colonial School,” said Lent.