Carnegie Mellon University

Below is a listing of programs for middle school students and parents. Programs are conducted by a variety of Carnegie Mellon Faculty and Staff. Click on each program link for contact and general information.

The Architecture Explorations program encourages Pittsburgh youth to look closely at their built environment, be open to creative expression, ask questions, think critically, and understand civic responsibility - all through the lens of architecture. Architecture Explorations is a collection of architecture-based extracurricular and academic enrichment programs for students in kindergarten through high school, offered through Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture. Our organization partners with several Pittsburgh communities, schools, and museums to provide an array of architecture education programs. Whether you are a student, parent, counselor, teacher, or community organization, we would love to hear from you and help devise a plan to provide a program that is tailored for each appropriate age-group and organization.

Contact: Samantha Weaver
Email: scarter@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5551
Site: http://soa.cmu.edu/architecture-explorations/
 

The Arts Greenhouse is a hip-hop music education program for Pittsburgh teens that is affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon’s Studio for Creative Inquiry. With the help of faculty and students, as well as local hip-hop performers, teens write, compose, and then record songs in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Through the process teens develop musical and verbal skills, gain familiarity with historical and contemporary issues, and form connections that open new routes to community participation and to higher education.

Contact: Shad Henderson
Email: shadali320@gmail.com 
Phone: (412) 268-3451
Site: http://artsgreenhouse.org/

A variety of camps and clinics are offered each summer. Programs include FITT Camp for children aged 7-14, soccer camp for children ages 5-14, Learn to Swim Classes and more!

Phone: (412) 268-1236
Site: http://athletics.cmu.edu/athletics/camps-clinics

TechNights (Creative Technology Nights for Girls) is a program focused on exposing middle school girls to creative technologies. Using computer animation, web design, programming, robotics, and interactive medias, we hope to engage a future generation of women in technology. 

Contact: Dr. Carol Frieze
Email: cfrieze@cs.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-9071  
Site: http://women.cs.cmu.edu/technights/

The Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach hosts programs during the summer (July) and on select Saturdays in the fall and spring for students in grades K-9. These classes were developed by Carnegie Mellon University Faculty and Staff and are designed to be rigorous, educational, STEM focused, hands-on and fun.

Click here for Gelfand Outreach classes & program information.

Email: GelfandCenter@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-1863
Site: http://cmu.edu/gelfand

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. This event will bring more than 1,600 high school competitors from 60+ countries to our city and other participating cities.

Contact: Judith Hallinen
Email: jh4p@andrew.cmu.edu
Site: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/

Leap@CMU is a summer enrichment program run by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. All local area high school students are encouraged to apply (and occasional middle school students). Through special classes and guest faculty seminars, students will be exposed to the frontiers of computer science. They will "leap" ahead approximately ten years. Students will have an opportunity to interact with some of the country's leading scientists, and will emerge from the program with a vivid overview of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. Leap@CMU has been run every summer since 1991. Leap is not for academic credit. We do not evaluate or grade the participants. We want students who want to do it for the fun of it.

Email: leap@cs.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5944
Site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~leap/

This olympiad is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

There is NO participation fee!

Contact: Dr. Lori Levin or Mary Jo Bensasi
Phone: (412) 268-7517
Email: lsl@cs.cmu.edu
Site: http://www.nacloweb.org and http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/project/llab/www/naclo/ 

With a passionate interest in Outreach for the School of Drama, Natalie has developed a community based outreach course for her sophomore students, who teach distinct speech to disadvantaged children to help fifth grade students at Holy Rosary School improve speaking skills. To have a teaching tool for this work, she is working with research scientists at Cepstral, LLD to adapt vocal synthesis software. It is being tested in her outreach course The My True Voice Project. The My True Voice Project combines the teaching of pronunciation with an exploration of poetry and the use of voice synthesis software. The program is featured on the PBS program hosted by Robyn MacNeil: "Do you Speak American?"

Contact: Natalie Shirer
Email: nbaker@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5751  
Site: http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/standardamerican/truevoice/

Inner-city middle school students come to the CMU Physics Department weekly during the academic year to carry out science fair projects with the help of CMU undergraduate mentors during the Fall semester, present their project at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) science fair the first Saturday in February, and during the rest of the Spring semester attend lecture demonstrations on Physics Concepts given by CMU Physics faculty. The program is funded by the Grable Foundation, paying for bus transportation, student stipends, and equipment for science fair projects. Professors Thomas Ferguson and Gregg Franklin participate, and Dr. Barry Luokkala and his assistants help the mentors design and get equipment for the projects. The CMU physics department provides laboratories and support for the Program. Science teachers from the schools bring the students and help ensure consistent student participation.

Contact: Mr. Leonard Kisslinger
Email: kissling@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-2768   
Address:CMU Physics Department
Site: http://www.cmu.edu/physics/visitors-alumni/physics-concepts-outreach.html

PROGRESS takes a fresh approach to address the need for gender equity in society by teaching middle school aged girls (8-12 years old) how to negotiate. PROGRESS has three core objectives: develop local and national tools to teach women and girls how to harness the power of negotiation, form networks between nonprofit organizations to efficiently disseminate information about issues impacting women, and explore obstacles to and potential solutions for the advancement of women. The tendency for women to negotiate less than men is a current and persisting problem, even among young college-aged women and those in business schools today. Unless society makes changes to the way we socialize our children and change our attitudes to allow women to be more direct in asking for what they want, this problem will continue to have an adverse impact on women for decades to come.Targeted programs that seek to educate women and girls about this issue and teach them to negotiate effectively can have a very tangible impact on their well-being. Furthermore, raising awareness of a critical gender biases that create long term inequities can be instrumental in societal change.

Email: progress@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-8650   
Fax: (412) 268-5338
Site: http://progress.heinz.cmu.edu

Project LISTEN (Literacy Innovation that Speech Technology Enables) is an inter-disciplinary research project at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a novel tool to improve literacy; an automated Reading Tutor that displays stories on a computer screen, and listens to children read aloud. To provide a pleasant, authentic experience in assisted reading, the Reading Tutor lets the child choose from a menu of high-interest stories from Weekly Reader and other sources including user-authored stories. The Reading Tutor adapts Carnegie Mellon's Sphinx-II speech recognizer to analyze the student's oral reading and intervenes when the reader makes mistakes, gets stuck, clicks for help, or is likely to encounter difficulty. The Reading Tutor responds with assistance modeled in part after expert reading teachers, but adapted to the capabilities and limitations of the technology. The current version runs under Windows (TM) 2000 on an ordinary Pentium (TM) with at least 128MB of memory.

Contact: Jack Mostow
Email: mostow@cs.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-1330  
Site: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~listen/

The Robotics Academy is committed to using robotics to excite children about science and technology and to help create a more technologically literate society. Programs include summer camps and First Lego League competitions, held in May and December each year.

Mission Statement:

  • To develop a mathematically competent and technological literate workforce;
  • To influence children to become interested in robotics and related technologies as an area of study and employment;
  • To grow future entrepreneurs and employees for the region and nation;
  • To enhance the economic development of these technologies in Southwestern Pennsylvania;
  • To develop standards-driven curriculum for middle and high school teachers;
  • To catch kids having fun experimenting with science and technology.

Contact: Robin Shoop
Email: rshoop@cmu.edu   
Phone: (412) 681-7160
Site: http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/index.htm

The Robotics Education Lab is a central resource to support courses and individual projects. Equipment includes manipulators, mobile robots, electronics & mechanical fabrication benches, Lego, a video editing workstation, machine vision systems and more.

Anyone affiliated with CMU and interested in robotics is welcome. Stop by and see what the lab has to offer. Lab address: Newell-Simon Hall 3206 x8-5561.

Contact: Greg Armstrong
Email: roboman@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-2007  
Site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rel/

High School Day is an annual event in which approximately 250 Pittsburgh high school girls are invited to CMU’s campus. It is one of our largest outreach events and collaborates with CMU professors and students from various campus organizations. The girls are able to participate in activities related to electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical, material science, and chemical engineering. The event aims to help young girls get a better idea of what engineering entails and offers them guidance and advice for pursuing engineering. At the same time, it allows CMU students and faculty to share their knowledge and passion for engineering and inspire young women. The event has been a great success in the past and continues to grow. Each year, we have had more and more students participate in the event and we expect the trend to continue for next year.

SWE 
hosts
 about
 100 
middle school girls from 
surrounding Pittsburgh
 schools and Girl Scouts every spring. Attendees
 are
 given
 an 
opportunity
 to
 learn 
about 
math, science, and engineering at CMU and in general through
 various
 fun
 activities. This 
event 
helps our collegiate section 
meet 
national 
and
 local 
goals 
by 
growing
 the
 engineering 
profession
 through outreach. Middle 
School Day
 is
 also 
a 
rich 
opportunity
 for 
the campus 
to 
recruit
 females
 for
 STEM
 degree 
programs, which
 would
 potentially
 contribute
 to
 CIT’s
 diversity
 in 
the 
future. Finally, CMU 
SWE members are 
given 
an opportunity
 to share
 their knowledge with young
 girls and inspire passion about 
engineering in them. Accomplishing these goals is 
very fulfilling 
for SWE members and further encourages them to pursue their personal
 and
 career goals.

Contact: Dr. Nisha Shukla
Email: nisha@andrew.cmu.edu or cmuswe@andrew.cmu 
Phone: (412) 268-4827
Site: https://cmuswe.org/calendar 

The Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) is a two-week summer experience for girls entering the 8th and 9th grades who are interested in math and science. SEE gives girls hands-on experience in different forms of engineering. The theme of SEE is "Energy," and girls have an opportunity to learn about different forms of energy that are efficient and environmentally friendly. They explore forms of energy that interest them and learn how they can make a difference through engineering.

Contact: Alicia Angemeer
Email: adbrown@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5227
Site: http://www.cmu.edu/ices/outreach/see/

This is a highly interactive presentation by undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon who talk about why/how they began studying the area, their current experiences, what Computer Science means to them now, and their future hopes and expectations. The middle and high school presentations include a guessing game, a slide show of CS applications, algorithm style puzzles, a robot demo, and much more. The spin-off graduate level Roadshow (presented to undergrads) includes general information on going to graduate school and short research talks.

Contact: Carol Frieze
Email: women@cs.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-9071
Site: http://women.cs.cmu.edu/What/Outreach/Roadshow/