Shinwoo Kim: A Self Interview

Shinwoo Kim is the Honors College S.T.E.A.M ambassador for the fall 2021 semester, working in the Hill District CEC. Tell us about yourself. My name is Shinwoo Kim, and I am the Honors College S.T.E.A.M. Ambassador for Pitt’s Community Engagement Center(CEC) in the Hill District for the fall 2021 semester. I am a freshman computer…

Internship Wrap Up: Takeaways and Next Steps

My time with the Sierra Club has gone so quickly and it’s hard to believe it’s wrapping up in the next few weeks. Through my various meetings with Sierra Club staff and volunteers, independent projects, and legislative analysis, I have gained invaluable knowledge about environmental advocacy. One of my key takeaways is how extremely controversial…

New Skills and New Networks

Throughout my internship with the EPA, I have developed a few new skills with data collection and analysis. Namely, many of my projects involved the use of ArcGIS and data collection from sources such as the CDC. Before taking on this internship, I was familiar with ArcGIS, however, I never had to use it for…

Kid Logic: Leadership at GBH

“Get in the head of a three year old,” Sherri Stoner urged the writer’s room, “We want to avoid treating children like little adults.” Sherri is the head writer for GBH’s upcoming children’s show WOMBATS. From writing beloved 1995 film Casper to being the live-action model for Ariel and Belle, Sherri has over 40 years…

Reflecting and Looking Forward

After my short 10 weeks with ARCHI, I’ve learned more than I could have imagined. I’ve taken away both skills and knowledge that will continue to aid me in my journey at Pitt. One takeaway is the fact that change does not come quickly, especially on a systems level, but everyday progress is made and…

PITT HILL CEC STEAM AMBASSADOR: From Vision to Reality

During my internship at the Pitt Hill CEC, I saw a vision turn into reality. The Pitt Hill CEC and the concept of New Granada STEAM all started as a vision, a dream of how all these things could combine to create a positive change in the community. I learned about the vision on my…

Internship Reflections: Skills, Styles and Structure

As I’ve learned more about environmental policies in Pennsylvania, I’ve become more involved in the Sierra Club’s advocacy and education work. I have conducted extensive campaign finance research, including compiling information about major donors to environmental champions so that the Sierra Club can foster sustainable financial support for key legislators. To encourage grassroots engagement, I’ve…

Google Week: A Collaboration between the Pitt Hill CEC and School 2 Career

The month of July marked the return of in-person programming to the Pitt CEC in the Hill District. A facet of our July programming was the School2TechCareer initiative, a collaboration between the Pitt CEC and School 2 Career. School 2 Career (S2C) is an Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) youth program geared towards serving…

Children’s Media: Rationale Led Reverie

Ever wonder why Arthur is always wearing a yellow sweater and red converse? Yes, it does help with brand recognition. The primary determinant, though, is something far less artistic— money. Put simply: the more outfits Arthur has, the more work for animators; the more work for animators, the greater the subsequent costs. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ While children’s…