Adrienne Hoffman Teacher Feature Inventionland Institute

Teacher Feature: Adrienne Hoffman, Cambria Elementary School

Teaching elementary school students poses different challenges than teaching middle and high school students. To be able to take complicated STEAM topics and introduce them in a way that is not only exciting but understandable to younger minds is no easy feat. Adrienne Hoffman, the Inventionland and STEAM Facilitator for grades K-5 at Cambria Elementary[…]

Innovation in the Classroom

To say classrooms have evolved over the past 30 years is an understatement. Thirty years ago, a teacher was considered innovative and thinking out of the box if she signed up for one of the televisions stored in the library, carefully rolled it on the cart down the hall, and brought in a VHS clip[…]

We’re Collaborating to Help Remake Learning in Pittsburgh!

This week at the Inventionland Institute, we’re excited to welcome representatives from Pittsburgh’s Ligonier Valley School District. Though we’re always excited to welcome visitors to our very own creative makerspace, this visit is particularly exciting, because it marks the second time that Ligonier Valley representatives will visit Inventionland – in just one month’s time! Could[…]

Giving Thanks for an Already-Exceptional 2015!

Before we break to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with our family and friends, we’ve just got to take a minute to reflect on and give thanks for what an incredible, STEM-filled year 2015 has been for the Inventionland Institute curriculum and our creative space-making capabilities. Our project-based inventing curriculum may have started to take off[…]

An Unconference and an International Opportunity? Oui! Oui!

From attending an “unconference” conference to welcoming a group of international visitors to our creative space, the last week has been a whirlwind of great networking opportunities for the Inventionland Institute! On November 7th, Executive Director Nathan Field attended EdCampPGH at Pittsburgh’s Montour Area High School. The day-long event was filled with educators from across[…]