Summer Camp, Zuckerberg Style

Mozilla’s Maker Party series shows young Pittsburghers how to make comic books, design websites, produce videos and more.

Photo courtesy of The Sprout Fund


This summer, some Pittsburgh teens have mowed lawns or presided over swimming pools. Others have merely sat on the couch Instagramming themselves. #Lazy. #DeclineofWesternCiv.

Lots of them got into trouble at that Mac Miller concert. #SorryMom.

The most industrious of the bunch have been attending events hosted by Mozilla, the nonprofit tech organization that created the Firefox Web browser. The group’s Maker Party series of events has developed teen-focused programs to inspire youth worldwide to embrace the STEM disciplines — and create the Web mavericks of the future.

The Sprout Fund helped host the “Mini Mad Scientists Camp” earlier this year. The team at Artists Image Resource taught creative techniques, both digital and analog. And an ongoing course at the East Liberty branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is showing young ’Burghers how to make their own comic books, from story structure to sketching. Best of all, the finished products will circulate at the library.

The not-quite-culminating event is the Pittsburgh Maker Party, presented by Hive Pittsburgh this Saturday at TechShop Pittsburgh in Bakery Square. In addition to free food and live music, the tech education continues with pop-up stations that’ll show guests how to design websites, produce videos and more. Mozilla is even giving away awesome prizes like a Google Chromebook.

If you’ve got a teen who missed out on the earlier events, there’s a great one still to come — an intensive workshop on making interactive art, scheduled for Tuesday at the Carnegie Library’s South Side branch. Click here to sign up.



#Jealousy: Rubber Ducky, You're the One


It's now widely known that the one and only Rubber DuckProject is coming to town for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's International Festival of Firsts in September. But that's not stopping other cities from trying to claim the giant 40-foot-tall float for themselves.

Sorry, pretenders: The rubber duck will be making its U.S. premiere in the rivers of Pittsburgh; no other American city can have it first.

We're watching you Portland. Don't even try.



#Prizes: Golden Ticket Raffle could net you season tickets


The Steelers season-ticket waiting list is approximately 50 years long. Humanity will have surely slipped into a dystopian Elysium before your name comes up. Unless! Unless you are one of the lucky winners of Pittsburgh’s Golden Ticket raffle.

For $50, you get a chance at a full season of home games for the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Penn State football, Pitt football, Pitt basketball and more. Seriously, you might as well think of fandom as your second job.

It’s all for a good cause, too. The raffle benefits Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. The winner will be based on the PA Lottery Big Four evening drawing at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Get your ticket here.


What’s going on this weekend?


  • Explore the whiskey-making process with Pittsburgh’s own Wigle Whiskey at the Carnegie Science Center tonight. Grab the signature Wigle cocktail at the cash bar and enjoy musical entertainment from the act Sour Mash.  — 6 p.m.  


  • Check out The Andy Warhol Museum tonight for a more social museum experience. Admission is half-price after 5 p.m., and there will be a cash bar in the entrance galley.  


  • BikeFest 2013: The 17-day celebration of all things cycling begins with the annual kickoff party held at the Pittsburgh Opera. This party serves as BikePGH’s largest fundraiser and promises to be one of the best parties of 2013.  — main event, 8 p.m.


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