Pitt Launches Robotics Academy for High School Students

Plus, Chatham offers a summer course in Sustainability and CMU puts the spotlight on eco-centric theater.

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Pitt Initiative Brings Robotics Studies to Underrepresented Students

Young people and technology are two things that certainly seem to go hand in hand. But while most high school and middle school students are content with their smartphones and tablets, the University of Pittsburgh's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI) is looking to pique this group's curiosity in a new area of technology.  

This summer, TLI will give local high school students a chance to explore the field of robotics at the High School Robotics Academy from July 2 through Aug. 13. Academy students will be divided into teams; each team will build working robots out of Lego blocks — and their creations will later be put to the test in real-world challenges, such as mazes and obstacle courses.

Interested in attending? Then you better sign up soon — the registration deadline is June 8.
—Rob McCoy, PM Assistant Designer

Chatham Offers Summer Sustainability Course

Food is a necessity, yet most people don’t know a whole lot about its origins. To change that, Chatham University has added a class to its summer 2012 roster: Food, Farm and Field.

The two-week course, which will be held from July 8 through 21, will examine several aspects of food, including sustainability and the relationship between food, farms and the environment. It will be taught by university faculty members — plus, local farmers, chefs and others will serve as guest lecturers. During those 14 days, students will live on Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township while taking part in classroom activities as well as hands-on lab and field work, field trips and group discussions.

The course is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any accredited institution as well as any individual who has completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. For registration information, check this out.

CMU Presents Symposium Focusing on Eco-Centric Theater

Concern for our environment is an ongoing discussion that has sparked new inventions, such as hybrid cars and solar panels. While these may be the most obvious results of environmental responsibility, the discussion has also made its way into the spotlight on center stage.

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama is hosting the three-day Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Playwrights’ Festival and Symposium 2012 Conference. It will present first- and second-place playwrights of EMOS’ international playwrights’ competition.

The symposium’s mission is "to call forth and nurture new dramatic works that respond to and interpret the ecological crisis," says Wendy Arons, associate professor of dramatic literature.

Each play will receive a workshop performance led by local directors and will feature local actors. Sila, the first-place play, will be performed on June 1, and Bears, the second-place play will be performed on June 2.

The conference will also offer several workshops and panels with topics ranging from the eco-theater, scholarly analyses of eco-drama and several others.

"Anyone who has an interest in sustainability and all that relates to it is welcome to attend the conference," Arons says.
—Caitlin Restelli, PM Editorial Intern

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