The Citizen Science Lab Announces Collaborative for the 3D Printing of Organs, Funded by $75,000 Pittsburgh Foundation Grant
In collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, grant will provide high school students hands-on experience in 3D printing of organs & tissue
"Education equity requires consistent exposure to high quality experiences led by experts and supported by strong community partnerships,"
Through the program, the Citizen Science Lab plans to display the capabilities of already-existing 3D printing technology, and its potential impact on the field of modern medicine. This project is designed to provide a deep, sustained educational experience that motivates high school students to join STEM fields, while also teaching those students the advanced research skills that are desired by colleges and research labs.
"The goals of this project are to bring the forefront of innovation in biomedical engineering and 3D bioprinting to young students to inspire them, and give them some real hands-on experience that will put them ahead of their peers if they decide to pursue an education or career in a related field," said Dr. Rachelle Palchesko, Special Faculty Researcher of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. "The project will expose them to areas of biomedical engineering and STEM that most students only learn about once they get into college."
The Citizen Science Lab and Carnegie Mellon University, through this educational program, aim to contribute towards making Pittsburgh one of the leaders in the emerging area of biofabrication by creating the diverse, transdisciplinary workforce necessary to address our nation's STEM needs.
About The Citizen Science Lab
Founded in 2015, The Citizen Science Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has become a city leader in providing interactive STEM programming for the residents of Pittsburgh. Located in the Hill District neighborhood and South Hills region, The Citizen Science Lab provides an accessible space to connect young people with opportunities to increase STEM knowledge, academic achievement, and self-confidence. It incorporates state-of-the-