For Immediate Release
STEM Action Center
Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab
Expands Education Network to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 2, 2016)— The Utah STEM Action Center (STEM AC) is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University’s Community, Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) Lab to provide hands-on technology learning experiences for Utah students.
“The partnership with CREATE Lab allows students to learn programming, data analytics and robotics in the context of cultural, environmental and social issues,” said Dr. Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM AC. “These projects align with our mission to support the growing need for opportunities to learn computing, and is thrilling for Utah teachers and students.”
With support from a $250,000 grant from the Infosys Foundation USA, the CREATE Lab is expanding beyond the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia region to include satellite labs in Utah and Georgia.
Thanks to STEM AC’s strong network of educators and administrators, along with government and business leaders, the center is positioned to support and coordinate engagement in more than one location. STEM AC will establish two local CREATE Lab satellites at Southern Utah University and Utah Valley University to train local schools and teachers in the CREATE education model.
“The Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab is a wonderful combination of innovative, hands-on technology programs and local community action,” said Vandana Sikka, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation USA. “By combining these powerful forces we can empower the next generation of students with the creative confidence to be successful.”
The CREATE Lab has produced a number of technologies relevant to the classroom, such as low-cost air quality monitors, explorable panoramic imagery, and kits that help students incorporate robotics into projects in any subject area. The lab began its regional satellite network in 2011, partnering with schools of education to help teachers incorporate these and other tools into their practice, and empower learners to employ technology for social good.
Dror Yaron, CREATE Lab director of outreach, said expanding nationally promises new opportunities as new populations and new ideas are added to the network. The satellite labs are intended to make important contributions to workforce development.
Children gather around Dror Yaron, CREATE Lab director of outreach, as he captures a GigaPan panoramic image of the Hollis Innovation Academy building in Atlanta. GigaPan is one of the technologies available through the CREATE Satellite Labs.
Students programming a robot they built at Barboursville Middle School in West Virginia. The program was supported by the June Harless Center for Rural Education, the CREATE Lab Satellite at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.
About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 13,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.
About the Utah STEM Action Center
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.