School District Again on White House's Short List

The Fox Chapel Area School District was once again recognized by the White House, this time for its commitment to the Nation of Makers initiative. The Nation of Makers initiative was launched in 2014 and is an effort to give more students, entrepreneurs, and citizens access to a new class of technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and desktop machine tools to design, build, and manufacture just about anything, as well to allow increased access to mentors, spaces, and resources to support making.

The Fox Chapel Area School District was mentioned in a press release which was part of President Barack Obama declaring a National Week of Making June 17-23, 2016. According to the press release, “Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, PA, will integrate making into its computer science curriculum for more than 2,000 elementary school students, including the student-created and facilitated program, Code to Create.” The press release also mentioned that more than 1,400 kindergarten-12th grade schools, representing nearly one million students from all 50 states, are committing to dedicating a space for making, designating a champion for making, and hosting a public showcase of student projects.

The Fox Chapel Area School District recently received a $20,000 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) grant through the Center for Creativity, the Benedum Foundation, and the Grable Foundation. The funds will be used to create a stationary maker space and mobile maker carts at Dorseyville Middle School. The school district’s K-12 maker initiative will also be highlighted as part of Pittsburgh’s Maker Faire October 15 and 16 in Pittsburgh’s North Side.

In recent years, the rise of the maker movement has been growing throughout the United States. It includes an innovative way of learning that involves the use of technology to incorporate a hands-on educational environment where students learn by doing.

The Fox Chapel Area School District was also recognized by the White House in late January for its commitment to computer science education.