Innovation and Design

Innovation and Design is the driving force behind science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Intermediate Unit 1 strives to connect students, parents, educators, and the community with current innovative opportunities.

The Innovation and Design Blog serves a resource to connect IU1’s diverse and creative resources with students, parents, educators, and districts, assisting educators in developing innovative, forward thinking approaches on effectively bringing design and technology into the classroom.

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Current Initiatives

  • Camp Tech
  • The STEM Design Challenge featuring K'Nex
  • The Governor's PA STEM Competition
  • The Computer Fair
  • Academic Competition
  • The IU1 Warhol Kits
  • The 24 Challenge

Camp Tech 2016

Camp Tech is a summer camp for students entering grades 3–8 in the fall of . Students will work with new and upcoming technology as well as the IU1 mobile Fab Lab while gaining twenty-first century skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning.

Students will rotate through four sessions each day, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 3:30 pm. Sessions fill quickly and space is limited to 48 participants at each site. Make sure to register early! Students must attend all day. Registration fee is $175 for the week, which includes all sessions, materials, and daily snacks. Students are asked to bring a bagged lunch.

2016 Camp Tech Session Descriptions

New! Exploring Transportation Engineering

Students will get to explore the basics of vehicle transportation and put their science, engineering, and math skills to the test. Using tools and kits from the IU1 mobile Fab Lab students will design and construct a vehicle for a competitive crash test!

Note: This session is only available at Connellsville, Washington & Jefferson College, and Waynesburg University camp locations.

New! Dream it. Design it. Make it!

This session is only available at the IU1 Fab Lab camp location. Students will create a custom LED-lit acrylic sign using current technology and tools. Using the laser cutter/engraver, design software, and LED lights students will be able to explore the design process and express their creativity. Each student will get to take home their unique creation!

Note: This session is only available at the IU1 Fab Lab camp location.

New! 3D Design & Engineering

Using 123D Design, students will learn how to design simple 3D objects, successfully prepare them for a 3D printer, and then observe the 3D print process. As one of the fastest growing fields in technology, students will explore the engineering design process and go step-by-step through a variety of projects that will allow them to draw, measure, and create. If you can dream it, you can make it!

Flight Academy

Flight Academy puts students in the seat of piloting an aircraft with simulator software and remote controlled drones. Students will learn about air travel and research the science, technology, engineering, and math behind successfully navigating an aircraft. Students will have the chance to build and test their own air craft utilizing tools and equipment from the IU1 mobile Fab Lab.

Innovative Minecraft

Using iPads, students will use technology including Minecraft, Google Earth/Maps, and videos to explore the history and architecture of Washington D.C. in the past and present. Students will recreate our nation’s capital while exploring the design, architecture, and engineering that went into its construction.


Camp dates, locations, and registration will be available on . Please check back then!

Center for STEM Education

Innovation and Design is an initiative of the IU1 Center for STEM Education. The center helps to roll-out best practice K–12 STEM programs, like providing graduate level courses for educators, implementing research based curricula, and offering summer camps for students.

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