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Summer Science Outreach Camp: Inspiring Future Scientists

The Pitt Science Outreach Student Club is proud to announce the launch of their crowdfunding campaign: Summer Science Outreach Camp- inspiring future scientists! We are trying to raise $5,000 for our summer program. Every single dollar donated will help fund the cost of camp including the costs of experimental supplies, transportation, computers, science mentoring, and any other cost associated with the program. Everything helps! Please consider supporting our cause by looking up our crowdfunding campaign at  Thank you!! 

The Science of Yoga

Are you already dreaming of summer? Over here at Pitt Science Outreach we have been busy working on our plans for Summer Science Camp 2015! This Friday, February 20th Pitt Science Outreach is teaming up with Yoga Flow for a donation yoga workshop that will benefit our summer camp. Amie will lead a 90 minute yoga workshop where she breaks down the science behind the postures. All donations will benefit the costs associated with camp such as experimental supplies, computers, transportation, science mentoring, and more. We hope to see you there!

Where: Yoga Flow- Shadyside studio 5433 Walnut Street (located above the J. Crew, entrance is on Bellefonte Street)

When: Friday, Feb. 20th 8:00pm-9:30pm

The Pitt Science Outreach Student Club

Attention all Pitt students! We are pleased to announce the formation of our very own student group, The Pitt Science Outreach Club (PSOC)! The purpose of PSOC is to promote the scientific research being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, to foster an interest in scientific knowledge, help current Pitt students apply their interest in STEM outside of the classroom, and to continue development and implementation of STEM outreach programs for the greater Pittsburgh community. Our first meeting will be on Monday, February 2nd 2015 from 8:30pm-9:30pm at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Suite 7057 Forbes Tower. Please enter Forbes Tower from the Meyran side lobby. Email with any questions! We can't wait to see you there! 

Pitt Science Outreach is on Facebook!

Attention all: Make sure to 'like' us on our Facebook page, Pitt Science Outreach!


Pitt Students - GET INVOLVED!

This semester is up and running -- in addition to adjusting to a new class schedule, it's time to get involved in student activities, clubs and volunteer opportunities. The Pitt Science Outreach Program offers Pitt students a full spectrum of outreach opportunities designed to educate the public about the importance of science in the community. The goals of the Pitt Science Outreach Program are to promote a broader appreciation of science and inspire future scientists. The program seeks to teach about the impact of scientific discovery in people’s everyday lives, engage kids in scientific exploration and foster public comfort with the process of scientific research. Pitt student volunteers can help teach labs on the Pitt Mobile Science Lab, deliver lectures at local schools, help provide hands-on scientific activities at many different community events.  ‘Get Involved’ today!

Pitt vs. Syracuse

Be sure you don’t miss out on the last Pitt Science Outreach tailgate event of the season! We have teamed up with the Electric Power Systems Lab to host an awesome program on electricity. Take a spin on one of the bicycle generators and see how long it takes you to light the bulb. Ramp up the excitement and challenge someone to a race of ‘who can light the bulb the fastest’!  Hail to Pitt! 

Summer Science 2014

This summer the Pitt Science Outreach team has designed a 6 week summer science camp, “Technology and Your Health”. The program focuses on four different subject areas: technology and exercise, technology and nutrition, technology and hearing safety, and technology and neuroscience. Undergraduates from the university serve as ‘science mentors’ for the program. Pitt Science Outreach brings the program each week to 4th-6th graders attending camp at participating YMCA locations. This summer we have science camps running at Hazelwood YMCA, Urban Pathways YMCA, Collegiate YMCA, Thelma Lovette YMCA, Penn Hills YMCA, Homewood YWCA, Western Area YMCA, and Wilmerding YMCA. We meet with nearly 200 youth each week! Campers learn the basic steps of the scientific method and the importance of scientific research. Campers are split into groups, each led by one science mentor. Each science mentor specializes in one of the four main topics. Teams design, conduct, analyze, and present their very own science experiment! By the end of 6 weeks everyone agrees that SCIENCE ROCKS!

Make sure to check out the Summer Science Tab at the top!


Sciencepalooza 2014!

When: Thursday, July 30, 2014 (10:00 AM – 2:30 PM)

Where: William Pitt Student Union – main floor

What:  “Sciencepalooza 2014!,” a day-long camp designed to show hundreds of kids visiting the University of Pittsburgh campus the value and excitement of science, was born out of a collaboration between the Pitt Science Outreach Program, which is part of Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and local chapters of the YMCA and YWCA. During the event, each camper will get to visit stations that have hands-on activities that cover a wide range of topics. 

Fourth through eighth graders will choose from activities that include energy and the environment; how listening to loud music can damage your hearing; how to design a radio; and the techniques that forensic pathologists use to solve crime mysteries. There will also be stations run by educational partners around the city, including the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Sunburst Guitar Studio where youth learn how musical instruments make music by changing the frequency of sound waves. See below for the full list of presenters.
Kindergarten through third grade-campers will be able to visit a

Pitt Teen Shale Network

What's in Your Backyard?

Students from Butler Area High School, under the direction of Michael Doran, an environmental science teacher, Drs. Abad and Vidic from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and Barbara Paul from the Clinical and Translation Science Institute, participated in a multi-day field trip to examine the water quality impact due to Marcellus Shale activities along the Little Connoquenessing Creek. The students took creek measurements and water samples from points above and below a current well site along the creek to use as indicators of stream health.

Connoquenessing Creek is a tributary of the Beaver River that is located in Western Pennsylvania, and is approximately 50 miles long, providing local residents with drinking water, businesses with water for their operations, outdoor recreation enthusiasts with a place to paddle or fish, and wildlife with an essential element of their habitat needs. 

Land uses and human influences can impact the quality of watershed. Surface water, groundwater, floodplains, riparian zones, storm water, dams, and wetlands are important components to water quality.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks- June 14th, 2014

The Pitt Science Outreach Team is joining Autism Speaks for their annual walk on June 14th, 2014. We will bring the Mobile Lab and invite attendees on board to "Learn How a Scientist Does It". This program introduces a variety of scientific tools and methods that scientists use in their work. Learn three different methods for solution transfer or two different methods to mix solutions! Try on gear that scientists wear in the laboratory or practice using robotic arms! Walk registration and the resource fair begins at 8:00am at Heinz Field. The walk start is set for 10:00am.  We hope to see you there!