Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily

Teacher Professional Development session

Educator Professional Development

We offer a variety of classes in making, literature and art practice for educators to bring new ideas, methods and resources to their learners. Act 48 hours provided.

Upcoming Offerings :

Author Inspiration: Hervé Tullet  - October 16 - REGISTRATION CLOSED 
9:00am - 4:00pm | $100 per participant - lunch included

Designed for preschool-3rd grade educators

Beloved author and illustrator Hervé Tullet writes books enjoyed by children around the world. Explore ways to learn through and beyond the pages of his books. Join Art Studio educators to explore strategies for reading his books, create Tullet-inspired art, and play in the Art Studio’s newest exhibit: Move Along and Change Your Place. Come wearing mess-appropriate attire, as our materials will stain, and leave with new ideas and your own copy of a Hervé Tullet book.

Check out our professional development day of STEAM CARNIVAL!

An Introduction to Makey Makey - January 21
9:00am - 3:00pm | $100 per participant - lunch included 

Get creative using simple code and everyday materials to create new ways of interacting with computers. Makey Makey is a device that plugs into a computer and allows you to create your own controllers or inputs. Receive your very own Makey Makey, plus suggestions and resources for incorporation into students’ creative toolboxes. 

Register here!

Making & Math - March 26
9:00am - 3:00pm | $100 per participant - lunch included

Designed for K-3rd grade educators

Join us as we work through various making processes that are math related. Strategize together with a teaching artist to work out the details of making and math and how those two content areas work in parallel rather than separately.  

Making & Literature - April 16
9:00am - 3:00pm | $100 per participant - lunch included

Designed for K-3rd grade educators

Read and tinker along with us as we peruse through various children’s books that we believe to be important arts and making literature. These books will incorporate maker mindset, persistence, various making techniques, and more! 

Collaborating Through Art - May 7
9:00am - 3:00pm | $100 per participant - lunch included

Designed for K-3rd grade educators

Participate in several making and arts integration processes to gain an understanding of the impact making art together can have on young children's learning and interpretation skills. 

More information and registration coming soon!


Maker Educator Boot Camp 

Hosted by MAKESHOP at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab

Developed through years of experience and research in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s MAKESHOP, Boot Camp emphasizes that maker education is about more than a space and the right tools. Participants will: 

  • Work in individual and group settings for both hands-on activities and discussions
  • Attend four process-focused workshops, designed to give both practical and theoretical insight into different forms of making
  • Use both MAKESHOP’s Principles of Practice and other research tools to delve deeply into the learning that happens through making
  • Use visioning tools designed by the Museum’s Learning and Research department to inform institutional direction as it relates to making

We recommend attending with another representative of your institution, be it a teacher, librarian or administrator, so you can support each other’s efforts and implementations beyond Boot Camp.

Summer 2020 Dates:

June 16-19 (Tues-Fri)
August 4-7 (Tues-Fri)
9:00am - 3:00pm | $900 per participant - lunch included

Pixar In A Box

June 22-26
9:00am - 3:00pm | $500 per participant - lunch included

More information and registration coming soon!

Questions?  Please contact Carol Johnson at cjohnson@pittsburghkids.org.

Sign up for our Educator Mailing List to get news of upcoming opportunities.