Digital Corps
Digital Corps1
Photo by Ben Filio.

Jeron X. Grayson Community Center

May 30
Noon – 3 p.m.

Digital Corps2
Photo by Ben Filio.

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to celebrate, gather with friends and learn to make something new. A terrific place for teens and tweens to do all of this and more is at The Sprout Fund’s Digital Corps Spring Party.

Geared to kids ages 10 to 18, the free party will mark the end of another school year and will kick off the summer learning season with fun hands-on activities, participatory tech experiences, food and music.

Build robots, create mobile apps and design websites with other area teens and tweens. Check out youth-led projects and jumpstart your own web-making and code-building skills. Fuel up on free tasty snacks and unwind with music spun by DJ Thermos.

Photo by Ben Filio.

Kids and their families can also preview upcoming summer activities offered through the Digital Corps, and can learn about the 25 after-school programs taking place throughout Pittsburgh that offer free technology classes to area youth.

A program of The Sprout Fund, the Digital Corps works to close the digital skills gap by training adult digital learning coaches and placing them in after-school programs to provide free tech training workshops for area tweens and teens. Via informal, peer-to-peer learning environments, the program empowers youth to be digital innovators, while teaching them valuable offline and online skills, such as HTML coding, website and video game design and robot programming.

The party is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about making, the web, robots and digital literacy. The Jeron X. Grayson Community Center is located at 1852 Enoch Street in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.