We are embarking on a journey to transform the education experience for students at Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5! The first steps in this journey have involved shifting the way that teachers and administrators think about schooling. We are moving away from a model wherein education is done to kids, to one where they actively lead their own learning.
This process has allowed us to uncover a latent student voice, and the children in the community served by Lincoln PreK-5 desperately want to get outside! They want to explore, learn, and make. That’s why the next part of this journey involves transforming a plot of land next to the School into an outdoor makerspace.
We are so excited about this journey. Please come along with us and help us remake learning for the students at Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5! We need $15,000 to make this transformation happen. A pledge of any amount helps. Sharing our project can also make a big impact.
Transforming the PointNext to our school there is a relatively unused plot of land next to the School, known as "The Point”. We want to transform “The Point” into a space filled with butterfly gardens, community food gardens, and opportunities for outdoor learning. Teachers have already been working with students on the design of the space, and on determining what sorts of rigorous instruction could be supported by this kind of special place.Collaboration with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
With the help of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, we're already developing the plan to transform the "The Point” into an amazing outdoor makerspace. The Museum will also be leading professional development workshops to educate our staff about how to integrate maker-focused learning principles into our curriculum. Next Steps on Our Journey We will provide our amazing and committed faculty at Lincoln rich professional learning experiences centered around Maker Education. These will be facilitated by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and will allow us to explore how the MAKESHOP Principles of Practice can be integrated into the programming for Lincoln's new outdoor space! We will transform “The Point” into an outdoor makerspace for our community. As a first step, we envision adding raised beds that allow students to grow vegetable and butterfly gardens, and creating interactive art projects and outdoor performance spaces. Our makerspace will be a place where our students can be kids while learning at rigorous levels. Finally, we will lay the foundation for an artistic collaboration between the students of Lincoln and college and university students in local schools of design and architecture. We plan to use the fence next to our outdoor makerspace (which you can see in the photo above) as a canvas that pulls the community and students together.Your Support Matters
Help us remake learning for the students at Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5. Your support matters – we can’t do this without you. A pledge of any amount helps. Sharing our project can also make a big impact.
Risks and challenges
We want to create a safe outdoor maker space for our students in the Lincoln and Larimer neighborhoods. These are neighborhoods that have struggled with poverty and urban decay, over the past few decades.
We're convinced, though, that an outdoor space like this (that can be used by the students at Lincoln PreK-5 and their families) will be a powerful unifying force in the Community.
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