Remake Learning Days returns for two-day showcase during President Obama’s visit to Pittsburgh for White House Frontiers Conference

Remake Learning Days 2017 dates announced: May 15-26, 2016

On October 13, President Obama will host the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh to explore the future of innovation here and around the world.

To celebrate the President’s historic visit to Pittsburgh, the Remake Learning Network is announcing the return of Remake Learning Days, May 15-26, 2017. In addition, on October 13th and 14th, the public will have the chance to visit nine Remake Learning partner sites, as well as Maker Faire Pittsburgh, and take part in future-forward, hands-on learning in schools, museums, libraries, community spaces, and more!

What is Remake Learning Days? The first-ever Remake Learning Days was held May 9-15, 2016. It was fondly called “the world’s largest open house for the future of learning.” Nearly 30,000 kids and adults attended more than 270 events during throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia that celebrated hands-on, engaging learning for the 21st century in schools, museums, libraries, community spaces, and more. Four proclamations were issued to commemorate the week: from the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The #RemakeDays hashtag reached 10.6 million people on Twitter alone. For more about Remake Learning Days, view this short video:


Why a “mini-Remake Learning Days” during the Frontiers Conference? We strongly believe in the President’s vision of innovation, and making sure everyone is included. It was during Remake Learning Days on May 9, 2016 that Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, came to Pittsburgh, participated in Remake Learning Days, and called Pittsburgh’s Remake Learning Network a model for the country when it comes to creating innovative, 21st century learning experiences for kids in- and out-of-school. As recently as September 12, 2016, in a White House blog, he wrote, “In Pittsburgh, foundations such as the Grable Foundation have helped create a network of 250 organizations (the Remake Learning Network) committed to reimagining learning for the 21st century. This network recently announced commitments of more than $25 million to support hands-on, personalized learning.” Remake Learning is one of the reasons Pittsburgh continues to be on the national map when it comes to innovation and creativity.


What Remake Learning Days sites will be open to the public on October 13On October 13, experience a “mini Remake Learning Days” by visiting one of nine Remake Learning partner sites:


  1. 10:00am-12:00pm: At Perry High School, experiences classes like Youth Voice, Music Technology, which are encouraging students to create stunning videos and music that are empowering them to create social change.
  2. 10:30am-12:00pm: Tour Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a world-renowned space for high school youth to discover and celebrate artistic creation and expression.
  3. 4:00-6:00pm: At Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, the teens in the “Labs” program will demonstrate their making skills through constructing a Haunted House.
  4. 4:00-6:00pm: At the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, students will showcase how they used drones to create intricate works of art demonstrating the strength of their neighborhood.
  5. 4:00-6:00pm: Visit the Energy Innovation Center to see how Citizen Science Lab in the Hill District is helping 40 African American middle school girls through the Seaperch competition.
  6. 4:00-6:00pm: At Assemble, see how an affordable housing building can be a center for community through arts and technology.
  7. 4:00pm-6:00pm: Find out why the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is at the national forefront for maker education by visiting their MAKESHOP at the Hosanna House, a community center just outside of Pittsburgh.
  8. 3:00-6:00pm: Visit the Carnegie Science Center’s Fab Lab to learn about middle school engineering classes offered at Fab Lab using the national Project Lead the Way curriculum.
  9. 5:30-7:30pm: At the PAEYC Homewood Hub, see how learning innovation happens with the youngest of children.

And then, October 14 (Open to the Press but not the public)

Friday, October 14 is “Remake Learning Education Friday”. On August 15th, 2016, registration for Remake Learning Education Friday opened. Within 24 hours, it sold out. Find out why. On October 14, 2016, celebrate maker education in Pittsburgh by joining 1500 students and their teachers at Remake Learning Education Friday, part of Maker Faire Pittsburgh. 

Stay the weekend to experience how “makers” across Pittsburgh are building the future of this region at Maker Faire Pittsburgh.