The Sprout Fund approves grant to City Charter High School!

City High Students will be provided an introduction to Solidworks and Design

Solidworks and Design is a Badge-enabled Playlists & Pathways Proposal by Carnegie Mellon University with a team of educators from City Charter High School, University of Pittsburgh, and Sarah Heinz House.


The general mission of Carnegie Mellon University is to have a transformative impact on society through continual innovation in education, research, creativity, and entrepreneurship. The specific vision of this proposal team is to make hands-on robotics learning activities accessible to students of all ages and backgrounds.

Introduction to Solidworks and Design

Mission: Develop a playlist of XPs to teach students computer aided design (CAD), specifically Solidworks, and ultimately issue badges to the students who complete the playlist. The playlist will have no prerequisites so that students with no prior knowledge of the subject will be able to participate and gain a basic level of competence. A local certifying organization will be created that is independent of any of the individual teams participating in this project. After completion of the proposed CAD playlist, the created organization will move on to develop other robotics related playlists and badges.

Goals: The goal is to have the students be able to use CAD software to design parts and create mechanisms from assembly of parts. When completed, students will be able to fabricate their parts using 3D printing, local machine shops, and other rapid prototyping technologies.

Community Impact: This pilot program will directly impact about 80 Pittsburgh area high school students during the 2016-17 academic year. Following the pilot year there will be broader dissemination through local FRC workshops and further dissemination to the international FIRST robotics competition community.

This grant from the Remake Learning Network Fund at The Sprout Fund is made possible through the leading support of The Grable Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The Sprout Fund is pleased to support this project, and we wish you continued success with your innovative initiatives.

City High and the Short Circuits, FRC Robotics team 1743 would like to thank Remake Learning and The Sprout Fund for their dedication to the Pittsburgh Community.


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