The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is excited to announced that the School is joining an exciting new initiative – Making Space: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation, which is a collaboration between Google, Maker Ed, and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This creative program aims to develop a national strategy to integrate “learning through making” into schools across America.

WPSD is excited to announce that it has been selected as one of the local schools to partner with the Children’s Museum. As a part of this initiative, a new maker space will be established in the School’s beautiful Learning Center, which presently serves as an area of study and research for students.

The librarian and teachers will guide the students in critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration with regard to six different areas: science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and mathematics (“STREAM”). The vision is to challenge students to learn “outside of the book,” encouraging them to explore, experiment, and create.

As the only school for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children among the schools in the project, WPSD is proud to offer this innovative learning opportunity for our students and demonstrate our leadership in Deaf education in the region and the Commonwealth. The project will launch at the start of the new school year in the fall of 2017.

Parents, families and friends of WPSD can play an important part in this new project by supporting the creation and operation of our new maker space. Donations of any amount will play an important role toward supporting this new learning opportunity at WPSD. Thank you for your support for our students and the School!
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