Making Sparks at the Heinz History Center

Making Sparks

The Sprout Fund invites you to be a part of Making Sparks, a unique forum exploring how technology and innovation can transform the lives of young children in our region.

4 panels cover topics including:

Exploring play, engaging creativity; Beyond video games: rethinking technology in children’s lives; High tech, not high cost; and Secrets of successful collaborations.

After the panel discussions, there will be working dinner and guided brainstorming session.  The event kicks off Spark’s upcoming Super Spark funding program, but it should be exciting for anyone interested in making Pittsburgh into the best place on Earth to be a kid.

When: Wednesday, October 28th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Heinz History Center in the Strip

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Spark Starter, September 16

The Sprout Fund’s Spark Initiative is hosting a Spark Starter next Wednesday, September 16 at the new Allegheny branch of the Carnegie Library.  Spark supports small-scale projects and programs that engage children ages birth to eight through the creative use of technology and media.  The first funded projects have been announced and the second round is coming soon.

Spark Starters are bi-monthly networking gatherings to share and learn about new ideas in the child development and technology sectors. From Spark’s website:

When: Wed, September 16, 8:30am – 10:30am
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Branch – 1230 Federal Street (map)

Description: Join us at the new Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Allegheny Branch for a special daytime Spark Starter! Explore the Carnegie’s Library’s newest facility and learn about what is happening in the world of technology, literacy, and creativity. Special guests from the Children’s Room will discuss how the library is using technology to engage its youngest readers. Breakfast and coffee provided. RSVP @ 412.325.0646 or

More information can be found on Sparks’s site here.