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Talk with your kids about their interests. STEMisphere helps nurture curiosity in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- by providing you and your kids the resources needed to learn and grow.

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STEMisphere resources have met one or more of Carnegie Science Center’s quality-check standards:

  • Content focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an integrated approach.
  • Programs targeting middle school or high school students include a career development component.
  • Opportunities are interactive and hands-on.
  • Curriculum supports skills such as: teamwork, communication, creativity, innovation, problem solving, and critical thinking via project-based learning.

Get Involved

It is important to get involved in any way you can. As a parent, you are the first and strongest advocate for your child’s education and future success. Explore these informational resources with your children to learn more about what they might want to do with STEM:

  • The Pittsburgh Regional STE(A)M Ecosystem – Expanding opportunities and enhancing quality in STEM and STEAM Learning. The STE(A)M Ecosystem is a regional collaborative comprised of individuals and organizations who seek to equitably equip and empower learners to use S cience, T echnology, E ngineering, A rts, and M ath to better themselves and their world. We prioritize interdisciplinary learning and high-quality programming that is relevant to students’ lives and future careers. View STE(A)M Ecosystem Recommended Resources!
  • STEMjobs.com STEM Jobs connects students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math by engaging them with what they love, like sports and music.
  • Career Stories
  • STEM in the News
  • STEMisphere Resources

What does STEM look like in the classroom?

Advancing great teaching in STEM education requires a clear and comprehensive definition of STEM education, one with the flexibility to work across the STEM education spectrum. Based on its extensive experience, and supported by research on content and best practices in education, such as the National Research Council’s A Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, Carnegie Science Center has determined that high-quality PreK–12 STEM education consists of the following essential components:

  • Inquiry-based education: Integrating the most effective, research-based teaching strategies that use curiosity and inquiry as guiding principles.
  • Integrated curriculum: Presenting curriculum in science, math, technology, engineering, literacy, art, and other content areas in an integrated fashion. The real world is not siloed bysubject content. Education should not be either.
  • Project-based group learning: Engaging students in solving real-world problems, which encourage them to use 21st century skills such as teamwork, communication, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
  • Career awareness: Exposing students to an array of STEM-related jobs through interaction with STEM professionals. Students learn how science and math concepts apply to the work environment.

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As the public library continues to become more of a place for making and learning, STEMisphere has been a useful outlet for sharing information about new opportunities for hands-on programming and community engagement and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 

- Corey Wittig, Digital Learning Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Girls in STEM

Microsoft's New 'Make What's Next' Ad Shows Girls How to Pursue STEM Careers

Tour Your Future: Explore future STEM careers with Tour Your Future. This program gives girls ages 11-17 the opportunity to meet female professionals who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Carnegie STEM Girls: Carnegie STEM Girls, Career Exploration is an innovative resource to inspire girls to see themselves in STEM careers through gaming and online activities.

STEM for Social Good Toolkit– Developed in partnership with Carnegie Science Center, this toolkit includes 10 hands-on activities to complete with your Club or your friends, along with profiles of inspirational women and careers in STEM. The activities range in difficulty level making it a great resource for girls with varied experiences in STEM. Learn more.

Girls Who Code: Learn to code! Free summer programs and after-school clubs for teen girls. Explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. Find a program near you!

STEM Careers Take Flight with SMART Girls: With the help of the Carnegie Science Center's Mobile Fab Lab, Pennsylvania College of Technology's SMART Girls program introduced 40 high schoolers to the enriching career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math. The girls met the quadcopter challenge as they designed and built their own quadcopters to navigate an obstacle course. That process and related activities opened their eyes to a future in STEM.

Early Learners

Encourage your children to learn about science and the arts through the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center. Access these free, fun activities and do them at home with your child. 

View the PNC Teacher's Toolkit for ideas on activities that may encourage your kids!

Carnegie Science Center Early Childhood STEM Center

Early Childhood Resources


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