Three-D printers churning out chess pieces, pens and elaborate sculptures; robots made from ‘found’ objects like toasters, radios and ambulance lights; these were just some of the projects displayed as teachers, funders and supporters from 25 school districts crowded the main hall at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union building on the South Side for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s 2nd annual STEAM Showcase Open House.

Each of the districts received $20,000 grants from the Claude Worthington Benedum and the Grable Foundations to increase student involvement and fluency in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math applications.

Several of the student projects involved trying to address an issue of importance to the broader communities in which their schools are located, such mitigating excess rainwater by deploying tree wells. More…