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Remake Learning Days These days, learning is something you have to roll up your sleeves to do. 

The digital age and global economy require the kind of critical-thinking skills and creativity that kids can’t get from just listening to a lecture. They need to tinker. They need to experiment and problem-solve alongside their peers. 

Look to Pittsburgh for one response to the demand for hands-on learning. Educators and organizations here have long worked to develop a network of rich learning opportunities and resources for the region’s young people. That effort will be on full display for an amazing week this month, when parents, families, and caregivers can experience some of the future-facing learning that happens year round in all corners of our region.

During Remake Learning Days, May 9-15, hundreds of local organizations will throw open their doors for a marathon celebration of learning innovation. Throughout the week, kids, teens, parents, and educators can choose from more than 250 events across southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Most are free, and more than half will be held in neighborhoods and valleys regarded as economically-vulnerable. Each is a chance for parents and caregivers to try out the region’s STEM, STEAM, maker, and technology-enhanced learning opportunities; understand exactly how learning is being remade; and leave better equipped to know how to support their kids' interests. From experienced makers to curious first-time coders, there are events on the schedule that will activate the imaginations of learners of all ages and backgrounds. White House education and technology officials, along with national and local dignitaries, will come out to learn alongside the public. More than 30,000 families will participate.

Behind the weeklong celebration is the Remake Learning Network, an extensive coalition of schools, museums, libraries, and community institutions that have knit together an ecosystem of learning opportunities for youth across the region. 

Interested in learning more about Remake Learning and what's going on in Pittsburgh? Check out these HFRP resources:

On any given day in Pittsburgh, a child can access a deliberate pathway of learning based on his or her own interests. A child interested in coding can get help from Teens as Teachers at Assemble, a neighborhood afterschool space, or drop in on a workshop at her local library where she experiments with robotics. That in turn may lead her to Tech Warriors, an after school program at the Neighborhood Learning Alliance. There, kids are building robots with the help of local high school mentors, using kits developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center. 

This work is years in the making— the result of strong collaboration across sectors and is supported by the Remake Learning Council, a blue-ribbon commission of regional leaders from the education, government, business, and civic sectors. These community leaders believe education is everyone’s responsibility. They've committed themselves to building a new model of public learning that harnesses the talents and energy of a city and a region on the verge of new, great things.

With more opportunities for young people to engage in learning that is relevant to their lives, we’re doing a better job of preparing them for success in school, the workplace, and their community. 

During Remake Learning Days, and every day in the Pittsburgh region, we’re rolling up our sleeves. What does it look like when a community leverages all of its resources to guide its young people into the future?  Come and play with us in Kidsburgh!

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