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Seven Pittsburgh Schools Raise More Than $107,000

Via Kickstarter for ‘Making in Schools’ Project


Teresa DeFlitch, Kickstarting Making Project Manager
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Bill Schlageter, Director of Marketing
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PITTSBURGH (November 6, 2015)--Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, in partnership with Kickstarter, is excited to announce that seven of  10 participating in schools in the Museum’s ‘Making in Schools’ project met or exceeded  their campaign goals on November 2, 2015. The school’s collectively “crowdfunded” $107,916 to integrate making into their schools from more than 585 “backers”. The following seven schools had successful campaigns: 

  • Burgettstown School District
  • Falk Laboratory School
  • Kiski Area Upper Elementary School
  • Ligonier Valley High School
  • Monessen Elementary Center
  • Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5
  • Yeshiva Schools

For information about each schools funded project visit

“We are delighted by the response and support that each school’s project received from southwestern Pennsylvania neighbors,” says Teresa DeFlitch, Kickstarting Making Project Manager. “The funding will help provide the resources needed by each school to create makerpaces, including ongoing professional development, and give students the equipment, tools and materials needed to get them tinkering, hacking, creating and making."

With funding from the Grable Foundation the Kickstarting Making pilot project was launched in the spring of 2015 with a call for applicants. The Childrens Museum received more than 20 applications and chose ten, including urban, rural, and low-income schools. All of the schools have worked with the Museum to learn more about making and determine their curriculum focus or project and design new makerspaces.

The three project schools that did not reach their fundraising goals, will each receive free professional development services in making- facilitated and coordinated by the Children’s Museum - and $1,000 from the Sprout Fund.

The ‘Making in SchoolsProject was the first ever, multi-school effort supported by Kickstarter campaigns. “Kickstarter has been a great partner for this project and we are pleased with its success on the local level and the possibilities it presents on the national level,” says Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Executive Director Jane Werner. “We are now partnering with seven schools which would not have been possible otherwise. What's most exciting is that thanks to the hard-work of the participating schools we learned a great deal about how to implement this type of program. Now we can take what we learned and develop a model that organizations throughout the country can use to increase access to high-quality maker education." 

About Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh  welcomes more than 275,000 visitors annually and provides “real stuff” experiences for play, learning and fun. The Museum’s permanent exhibit MAKESHOP® was built in 2011 to create a space for children and families to make, play and design using the same materials, tools and processes used by professional artists, builders, programmers and creators of all kinds. The Museum’s maker-focused initiatives include serving as a Maker Corps site for the Maker Education Initiative, Mobile MAKESHOP, Youth Maker workshops, MAKEnight (21+) events and presenting Maker Faire Pittsburgh-2015.