Past Programs

Make It Move
June 16 – June 20, 2014      9:00am – 4:00pm

The Make It Move educator and train-the-trainer workshop will integrative experiences designed to place the use of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit through the lens of art, engineering and other disciplines. The workshop also supports the current CREATE Lab Arts & Bots Project. The five-day workshop is designed to provide contextualized experiences to address the needs of the classroom teacher and the trainer.  Each day’s module will focus on discipline specific content and skills, as well as pedagogical considerations for the classroom and workshops. Each module will include activities and mini-challenges that can be easily modified for learners of all ages.

MakeShop Educators Boot Camp
June 23 – June 26, 2014      9:00am – 3:00pm

Selected educators will participate in hands-on experiences and discussions that will equip them with the skills and knowledge that is necessary to be a “maker.” Participants will engage in open-ended activities that range from sewing to woodworking, electronics to digital-based making, and so much more! Participants will work alongside the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s talented Teaching Artists to learn new skills, discover ways of implementing these experiences into classroom practice, and empower themselves to be makers.

Young Playwrights Program

City Theatre, in partnership with the Center for Arts & Education, will offer its Young Playwrights Program to educators (7th-12th grade classrooms) in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties during the 2014-2015 academic year. The Young Playwrights Program’s components are the Young Playwrights Contest, Festival, Teacher Institute and In-School Student Workshops.

“Creative Robotics” Research Project

The Center for Arts & Education is a partner in the “Creative Robotics” program that introduces robotic technology into non-technical middle school classes in a federally funded research project to identify and nurture students with an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program will also be incorporated into teacher education and professional development program.

The three-year project supported by a $1.5 million dollar National Science Foundation grant to the CREATE Lab of the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to CMU, the participating partners include Allegheny Valley School District, Mingo County Schools and the colleges of education at Marshall University and West Liberty University.

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Creative Learning Spaces Project

The Creative Learning Spaces Project is focused on the implementation of research-based design principles that promote collaboration, creativity, and twenty-first century learning in various educational environments. The project is bringing together a diverse group of partners in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to create eight indoor and outdoor spaces that will provide unique educational learning environments in Pre-K through higher education settings.

Project partners include the College of Education and the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University, Intermediate Unit 1, Carlow University , the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley (CMOV), the Mattress Factory Museum, Shady Lane Preschool, the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, Bentworth High School, Uniontown Area High School, Wheeling Middle School, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Harless Center at Marshall University.

CREATE Satellite

The Center for Arts & Education is the second West Virginia partner of the CREATE Lab Satellite Network which engages educators and local communities in the development and dissemination of cutting edge technologies, and innovative approaches to learning and teaching.

The Satellite Network is a partnership of Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab with four schools of education (Marshall, West Liberty, Carlow and West Virginia Universities) and ASSET STEM Education. Supported by the Benedum Foundation, this unique network combines and coordinates the creative technology expertise at CREATE Lab with curriculum, professional development and logistical expertise, and local networks of satellite partners.

Outreach teams in the schools of education share CREATE Lab projects with teachers (both current and aspiring) in locally meaningful ways. This empowers the communities they serve to truly own and adapt these tools to meet their own needs. ASSET STEM Education provides support across the network. Integrating lessons learned locally, and on-the-ground experience from all locations into professional development to its member school districts and educators, ASSET amplifies the impact of the Satellite Network into an ever-broadening set of locations.

Mobile MAKE Shop Project

With funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has developed Mobile MAKESHOP, a program to create sustainable models for integrating open-ended, learning-rich making experiences into schools, libraries, and community centers. The Center for Arts and Education is one of five sites selected to participate in the pilot project during the 2013-2014 school year.


Teaching Artist Project

This project is addressing the need for strong professional development for teaching artists related to pedagogical and instructional skills; these skill sets include classroom/behavior management, material and procedural organization, diverse student populations and needs, and an understanding of universal design principles, lesson effectiveness, and standards-based education. The project will provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to learn how general education teachers can work with, and capitalize on, the inclusion of teaching-artists in the classroom.



The Space I’m In Project

The Space I’m In is a series of interactive objects and learning tools that relate human experience to the world around us—much in the same way the visitor interacts with site-specific installations artworks at the Mattress Factory. This project engages many different disciplines such as math, science, language and the arts. The Mattress Factory, in partnership with the Center for Arts & Education, brought the program to students and teachers at Brooke County High School, Short Line School, Tyler Consolidated High School and Weir High School during the 2013-2014 school year.

Integrated Dance and Science Workshop

Twelve teachers and teaching artists from Pennsylvania and West Virginia were on campus in June to participate in the “Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom” professional development program. The participants explored the elements of dance and how those elements relate to scientific content.

Throughout the week-long program, the participants participated in a set of immediately useful movement activities for classroom study of the water cycle, tectonic plates and volcanoes, the rock cycle, the solar system, the plant cycle, habitats, and systems of the human body.

The program’s instructor was Randy Barron, a Kennedy Center teaching artist from Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The “Integrating Dance and Science in the Classroom” program was presented by the Center for Arts and Education and the College of Education at West Liberty University with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The Art & Science of Imagination and Innovation

Thirty-one juniors and seniors from 20 high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia spent a week on campus this summer exploring the connections between the arts and sciences through a series of activities and workshops. “The Art & Science of Imagination and Innovation” was a 5-day interactive pre-college program hosted by the Center for Arts and Education in partnership with the College of Arts & Communication, College of Education and College of Sciences with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Digital Media Arts Institute

Forty teachers from 32 schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia participated in the Digital Media Arts Teacher Institute at West Liberty University in this summer. The week-long program provided teachers with an opportunity to explore the fundamentals of digital media arts with West Liberty University faculty and other experienced professionals.  The workshop sessions included Audio Recording, Digital Photography, Digital Graphic Design, GigaPan, Google in the Classroom, Graphic Narrative, iPad Applications, Live Sound Recording, Music Technology, Video Editing, and Video Production.

The Digital Media Arts Teacher Institute was sponsored by the Center for Arts and Education in partnership with the College of Arts and Communication and the College of Education. The Institute was supported by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.