Photo courtesy of The Sprout Fund.

Schenley Plaza
September 17
11 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Recreation is not just for the gym and technology is not limited to the computer lab anymore.

This Saturday  kids and families are invited to Schenley Plaza for the first-of-its-kind Rec2Tech Demo Party celebrating innovative 21st-century learning that’s taking place in and out of classrooms all around Pittsburgh.

Photo courtesy The Sprout Fund.
Photo courtesy The Sprout Fund.

Recreation and technology will fuse during a free and festive day packed with immersive activities, hands-on exhibits, educational resources, youth showcases, music, food, and more.

The event’s dizzying array of unique high- and low-tech activities and projects has something for every curious learner, tinkerer and maker.

Kids can play video games designed by local youth, program and test out robots, decode hip-hop cyphers, and groove to music by acclaimed DJ, Nate the Barber.

Be a producer of original content as you create your own digitally-animated stories with Pittsburgh Filmmakers, let your voice be heard in The Saturday Light Brigade’s audio playground and engineer a video game or movie trailer with The Maker’s Place.

Create digital beats and check out drone photography with YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and learn the art of screenprinting with Artists Image Resource. Next, discover how 3D printed objects, laser cut pieces, and the sun can all work together to make original art.

Photo courtesy The Sprout Fund.
Photo courtesy The Sprout Fund.

Check out more from The Citizen Science Lab, 1Hood Media as well as MCG Youth & Arts, BikePGH, TechShop and the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

The Demo Party serves as the culmination of Rec2Tech Week in Pittsburgh. From September 12 — 17, rec centers around the city are being showcased as spaces where kids can learn to use various technology to express creativity, solve real-world problems and build job-ready skills.

Bonus round? Be one of the first 300 kids to arrive, and you’ll receive a special Rec2Tech backpack stuffed with goodies.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in SeptemberEverything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in September and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this September feature stories.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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.