Shaping Pittsburgh’s next generation of innovators, thinkers and makers.
Startable Pittsburgh is a free eight-week summer program for teenagers age 16 and older where we teach students entrepreneurship & maker skills while providing them investment to help launch their own handmade business.
Over the course of the eight weeks, students learn how to operate the numerous tools and machines available to them, while simultaneously learning key entrepreneurial skills like developing, selling and marketing a product. Along with a full toolkit at their disposal, Students are provided free access to some of the city’s top makers, innovators and experts to help them transform their ideas into realities.
After weeks of “boot camp” and building their businesses and products, the students partner with local bike shops, pet stores, clothing retailers, small business owners and community markets to market and sell their products throughout the city of Pittsburgh.
How to apply?
Summers full? No need to worry. We hold events for teens throughout the year.
National Robotics Week
In May 2009, leading universities and companies appealed to the Congressional Caucus on Robotics to create a “national road-map” for robotics technology. On March 9, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed resolution H.Res. 1055, officially designating the second full week in April as National Robotics Week. This resolution was submitted by U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14), co-chair of the Caucus, and other members
National Robotics Week recognizes robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation, highlights its growing importance in a wide variety of application areas, and emphasizes its ability to inspire technology education.
Robotics is positioned to fuel a broad array of next-generation products and applications in fields as diverse as manufacturing, health-care, national defense and security, agriculture and transportation. At the same time, robotics is proving to be uniquely adept at enabling students of all ages to learn important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and at inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. Robotics Week is a week-long series of events and activities in early April aimed at increasing public awareness of the growing importance of “robo-technology” and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future of the United States. IW has sponsored a variety of NRW events over the last several years, most recently focused on bringing the excitement of robotics to middle and high school students.