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Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge – How to Participate

Career Ready PA is excited to uplift Remake Learning Days events and provide a seamless opportunity for students to obtain artifacts for their career portfolio by participating in festival events.

The Remake Learning Days festival takes place across Pennsylvania May 4 – 23, 2023. A variety of organizations host free events for all age groups and provide hands-on learning opportunities.  Participating organizations include libraries, schools, tech centers, museums, play spaces, community centers and more.

Did you know that 91% of STEM jobs in Pennsylvania will require some form of a postsecondary credential? Participating in hands-on learning is one way to learn STEM and employability skills.  The STEM career tree has many branches, and you may explore one at the Remake Learning Days festival.

Did you ever think that creating an invention, learning to code, or planting a garden builds employability skills?  Activities like learning how to fly a drone, marketing a product, and helping your community are a foundation to your future career pathway!

Events listed under Career Ready PA qualify for the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge.  Students who participate will earn a Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge badge.  Career Ready PA will also award a banner to schools with up to 100 artifacts.

When students finish the event, they will need to complete the artifact survey on the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge page.  This survey will be shared with your school so you can earn your badge and get career portfolio credit for the Backpack Challenge!

Learn more on how Career Ready PA helps educators prepare students for success here and how the Pennsylvania Department of Education prepares all learners for career readiness.


How to join the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge! Open to all students K-12 in Pennsylvania.

Step 1: Schools (One contact per school) Register for the Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge here. For detailed instructions and classroom ideas, click here: Career Ready PA Backpack Challenge.

Step 2: Explore Remake Learning Days events that are Career Ready PA approved for the Backpack Challenge.

Step 3:  Attend the event(s) you’ve picked during Remake Learning Days in PA between May 4-23, 2023. Don’t forget Step 4!

Step 4: Complete the artifact survey here to earn your badge for your career portfolio from the PA Department of Education. Schools who earn 100 badges or more are awarded a Career Ready PA banner.  The artifact survey must be submitted after attending your event and no later than May 31, 2023.

Step 5: Share with us what you learned by using the hashtags #RemakeDays #CareerReadyPA


Detailed Instructions: For a PDF of the Detailed Instructions, click here.