The CREATE Lab Satellite Network engages educators and local communities in the development and dissemination of cutting edge technologies, and innovative approaches to learning and teaching. In partnership with nine universities in four states, the CREATE Lab and its innovation partners bring technology fluency to communities in locally relevant ways.

An outreach team at each university acts as a CREATE Lab Satellite, sharing and supporting CREATE Lab projects in their community through teacher professional development, pre-service teacher training and graduate education programs. Satellites serve as a local hub educators can turn to for guidance, equipment and resource lending, and other support.

Supported by the Benedum Foundation, the Grable Foundation and Infosys Foundation USA, this unique network combines and coordinates the creative technological expertise of the CREATE Lab with the professional development and logistical expertise of local satellite network partners.

The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab), at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies. We aim to empower a technologically fluent generation through experiential learning opportunities in and outside of school.

We define technology fluency as the confidence to author / creatively configure technology in the pursuit of individual and collective goals. In the context of education, technologically fluent students apply technology to study, to communicate about and to impact issues of direct concern. Technologically fluent educators use technology to grow their practice, to apply technology in contextually-relevant ways, and use technology to identify and nurture diverse student talents in the facilitation of multiple learning pathways. 


The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making the region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Sprout provides critical financial support for projects and programs in the early stages of development—when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results in the community. Sprout projects create new initiatives, events, and organizations that help citizens take action on a pressing issue or enhance the cultural vitality of the Pittsburgh region. Sprout has worked with regional and national partners to build strong networks and make hundreds of community-decided investments in early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.