About us


Grow a Generation makes meaningful projects possible.  We partner with students in grades 3-16, teachers and schools and help them bring to fruition portfolio worthy projects while developing skills in Science, Technology Engineering, Math and the exponential technologies that are transforming our economy and world.

Grow a Generation offers
+ STEM Career Tours,
+ G-MITES camps and workshops tied Keys to Success and 21st Century Skills,
+ STEM competition coaches and resources (our teams have received the Best in Nation in the Verizon App Challenge and Honorary Mention in Future Engineers),
+ Research Fellowships, year long extended projects working with academics and professionals to make a meaningful difference in the world with science, technology, engineering and math (View our 31 fellows projects for 2016)
+ Consultation with schools, community organizations, and businesses seeking to inspire a generation of STEM Athletes, Digital Storytellers, and World Changers.
+ E-Trepreneur training and support for students and STEM teachers seeking to develop digital and exponentially scalable products and resources.

In all these efforts, we put the student first, helping them become part of a generation ready for the 21st century world. A new conceptual age has dawned and it marks a shift in what jobs of the future will look like, makes obsolete many aspects of our current education system, includes changing global markets and an explosion of information access. A new generation is needed.  It is a generation with the 21st century skills of innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, emotional intelligence, resilience, leadership and vision. It is a generation that is literate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is a generation with unique experience applying their passions into project based and inquiry based opportunities.

Grow a Generation is committed to help you find or support the passion based opportunities your children and teens need to grow and thrive.  Our mission is to give young people the tools and support to become digital storytellers, STEM athletes, and world changers by making meaningful projects that build a more just and beautiful world.

  • Subscribe to our free newsletter.

  • Become inspired by a camp, workshop, or STEM Career Tours.

  • Apply to be a research fellow, collaboratively working on a (school) year long passion based project that seeks to build a more just and beautiful world.

  • Touch base with Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh, founder and president of Grow a Generation, to open an Imagineering Lab in your school or community center.

In the News…

Book written, illustrated by Baden Academy pupil raises money for Marine Mammal Center Beaver County Times

St. Killian World Youth Day Pilgrims create Mobile App  Cranberry Eagle

Awesome write up on Tim Snyder’s talk and visit to HarbisonWalker!  The American Ceramic Society

Local Students Recieve National Recognition for Safe Drivng App CBSPittsburgh

N. Catholic Students Develop Driving App Cranberry Eagle

Digitized Dismissal Beaver County Times

Baden Academy Students Partner with FedEx to Build New Dragon Tag System Ambridge Connection

Students create video game promoting twp. firefighters by Amerigo Allegretto Cranberry Eagle

Grow a Generation Breeds Future Engineers and App Developers by Tyler Baum, Pittsburgh Youth Media

5th Grade Environmentalist Erin Cheek Interview Neighborhood Voices

STEM teenagers learn about the math and science of TrueAlleleTrue Allele Technology Newsletter June/July 2015 Newsletter

Platypus Hosts the STEM Careers Tour CMU Cooperative Robotic Watercraft Post

High School STEM Students Visit Point Park’s CSI House, Learn About Forensic Science  Point Park University Arts and Sciences News and Features

CS2N Helps Create an Evil Robot:  Computer Science Student Network

Spark Lunch and Learn Excitement is Growing:  Sprout Fund

Grow a Generation – An Interview with Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh: Gifted Parenting Support

Families Write Leadership Manual: A Sewickley Herald Article

Whiz Kid: Ian Cavanaugh co-authors a Grow a Generation resource: A Sewickley Patch Bulletin