A Partnership that Brings Technology and Empowerment to Rural Communities

Feb 12, 2013 Education

A key vision of P32 is that all students in the region have access to high-quality instruction and the most advanced curricula.  Through the efforts of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University and its outreach satellite at the June Harless Center at Marshall University, educators and rural communities in West Virginia have access to technology and programs developed at the lab.

Satellites allow the CREATE Lab to deploy its technologies in locally a meaningful way. The projects are developed in context of the communities that will use them and implemented locally; allowing these communities to truly own and adapt the projects to their own need.

According to Carrie-Meghan Quick-Blanco of Marshall University, the outreach program has resulted in engaged students and empowered teachers.

“A lot of schools are in rural areas where the students don’t have a lot of opportunity,” Quick-Blanco explains. “Now they are getting their hands on technology coming right out of Pittsburgh.”

In spring 2012, West Liberty University School if Education in West Liberty, WV became a Satellite partner. West Virginia University School of Education and Carlow University School of Education will join CREATE Lab Satellites this summer.

Watch a two-minute video of a third-grader from Kellogg Elementary School in Wayne County, WV explaining the building of a robot and learning she can be an inventor!