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
  • STEM in Action Video Contest

Camp Tech 2017

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.

2017 Camp Tech Session Descriptions

New! DigiNotes: Making music with Digital Media

Students will get to explore the basics of programming and digital fabrication using tools such as Scratch, Makey Makeys, Corel Draw, and Laser Cutters/Engravers from the IU1 Fab Lab. Students have the opportunity to design, build, and play their digital music creation!

Note: This session is only available at Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University Main Campus locations.

New! Robotics: Design, Program, Make, Create!

Using VEX Robotics kits students will design, program, test, and create robots to complete unique challenges throughout the week. Students will build on skills such as programming, engineering, sensor operations, manufacturing techniques and more, to create unique robots that will be adapted to that days specific task.

Dream it. Design it. Make it!: YOU CAN MAKE THAT in the IU1 Fab Lab!

Students will create a custom projects using current technology and tools such as a laser cutter/engraver, vinyl cutter, design software, and more. Students will be able to explore the design process and express their creativity. Each student will get to take home their unique creation(s)!

Note: This session is only available at the IU1 Fab Lab Colonial Campus and Waynesburg University Southpointe camp locations.

Adventures in 3D Printing

Using 123D Design, students will learn how to design 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!

Minecraft ECOCity

Using iPads, students will use technology including Minecraft, Google Earth/Maps, and videos to explore architecture, green city design, and engineering to design their own ECO Friendly city. Students will create their own unique ECOcity while exploring the design, architecture, and engineering that is involved in civil engineering and city planning.


To register, select the Camp Tech location below and complete the online registration form. Sessions fill quickly and space is limited to 48 participants at each site, so make sure to register early. (If the location is full please complete the Camp Tech Wait-list form). Registration fee is $175 for the week, which includes all sessions and daily snacks. Students are asked to bring a bagged lunch.

The Camp Tech 2017 registration fee (check payment only), Photo Release Form (PDF Document), and Liability Release Form (PDF Document) must be received within two weeks of online registration to secure a spot in Camp Tech.

For more information on the 2017 Camp Tech, please contact Sarah D’Urzo at

Camp Tech 2017 at the Intermediate Unit 1 Fab Lab
June 26–June 30, 2017
Camp Tech 2017 at the Waynesburg University Southpointe Campus
July 10–July 14, 2017
(Full) Camp Tech 2017 at Washington and Jefferson College
July 17–July 21, 2017
We’re sorry, but this camp is full and therefore registration is now closed.
Camp Tech 2017 at the Waynesburg University
July 31–August 4, 2017

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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