September 12-17, 2016, five Pittsburgh rec centers were transformed into tech centers where kids used technology to express their creativity, solve real-world problems, and build job-ready skills.

presented by

The Need

Young people in Pittsburgh need to prepare for the high-tech jobs of the future.

The Challenge

Many communities lack reliable internet access and tech learning experiences.

The Opportunity

Turn recreation centers into technology centers where city kids can thrive.

what happened?

From September 12 to 16th, 2016, something big happened at the City of Pittsburgh’s rec centers—they turned into tech centers where kids learned to use technology to express their creativity, solve real-world problems, and build job-ready skills.

How did it work?

Each afternoon from September 12th to 16th, local educators hosted hands-on activities at participating rec centers where kids learned new skills and used them to solve a community challenge. Each session also included physical activity plus a healthy snack and dinner.

Who participated?

Kids age 7–12 participated. Rec2Tech was completely free and open to the public.

Rec2Tech took place at five Citiparks rec centers across Pittsburgh. Local learning organizations provided unique, themed programming.


Warrington Rec Center

Making & Breaking the Web
with the Digital Corps


Phillips Rec Center

Tech Solutions for Green Living
with TechShop Pittsburgh


Magee Rec Center

High-Tech Health
with Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. & Citizen Science Lab


Paulson Rec Center

Game Design Studio
with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

South Side

Ormsby Rec Center

Exploration and Expression
with Assemble & YMCA

demo party

On Saturday, September 17th at Schenley Plaza, Rec2Tech participants came together to celebrate the week and show off what they learned at a free, public party.

Check out the highlights below and see the whole album on Flickr.


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Rec2Tech Pittsburgh programming was provided by members of the Remake Learning Network.

Remake Learning is a network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of teaching and learning in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. 

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